BY RICK NAGEL, NINA Board
That’s something that hasn’t happened in the 171-year history of the newspaper, according to reports in the Tribune, on the website of the Chicago Tribune Guild and in many other newspapers, blogs and news websites.
The publications that are among the participants include several NINA members: the Chicago Tribune, The Aurora Beacon-News, Daily Southtown, Naperville Sun, The Elgin Courier-News, RedEye, Chicago Magazine and Hoy.
“Journalists tend to keep their heads down and avoid being part of the news. We’re watchers, storytellers, communicators. The spotlight rarely shines in our direction, and that’s just fine,” the guild organizers said in an online statement under the “Mightier Together” banner. “But now we’re in the news because, with a unified voice, we’ve decided to stand and take action to protect the future of the publications we hold dear.”
Formerly known as Tribune Publishing, Tronc owns the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times and other publications.
The Tribune is in the midst of a newsroom organization.
If successful, the Tribune editorial staffers would join the NewsGuild-Communication Workers of America, which represents The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Tronc-owned Baltimore Sun, and other newspapers.
The Tribune collective bargaining unit would be part of the union’s local affiliate, the Chicago News Guild, according to reports.
Why unionize now? This is what the guild says on its website:
“We want to continue the Tribune’s strong legacy of journalistic excellence. And so we must demand a voice in the Tribune’s future. Through the legal power of a labor union, we can force our employer to give us that voice — to listen to us and to negotiate, in good faith, on matters related to our working conditions.”
So, what do you think?
Is this a good thing or bad thing for journalism in Northern Illinois? Or something in between?
Leave a note in the comment section.
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