Over 300 editorial workers at Insider announced Monday that they have formed a union with The NewsGuild of New York, TNG-CWA Local 31003. Staffers are organizing to increase transparency in company decision-making; to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in hiring and retention; for a responsive and fair metrics system that supports professional success; as well as to build a collaborative environment that values their contributions and labor.
The workers have launched a TikTok channel as part of their organizing drive.
Workers at eyewear manufacturer Luxottica in McDonough, Ga., have begun organizing with IUE-CWA. While Luxottica may not be a household name, its well-known eyewear brands include Polo Ralph Lauren, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Coach, and many more.
On Thursday, April 15, workers involved in the organizing effort wore t-shirts showcasing international solidarity with Luxottica workers in Italy, who are members of Italian Federation of Chemical, Textile, Energy and Manufacturing Workers (FILCTEM).
More than 2,000 people work at the facility, which is the largest of the company's eyeglass manufacturing and distribution centers in North America. Workers are calling for improved COVID-19 safety measures, respect from management for Black workers, wages, and paid time off.