Reprinted from The Huffington Post by Lydia O’Connor on December 4, 2017.
Los Angeles Times staff members took a crucial step forward in their effort to unionize their newsroom on Monday by filing for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board.
Monday’s filing asks the NLRB to permit the Times staff members to pursue and vote on union membership with the News Guild-Communications Workers of America. The paper’s Guild Organizing Committee, the union campaign group that formed in October, said it expects the NLRB to carry out a vote on the decision next month.
“It’s been inspiring to hear your stories and reasons for supporting this historic effort,” the guild said in a statement announcing the NLRB filing. “We’re excited to begin addressing the issues we’re fighting for: job security, regular pay increases, more competitive salaries, equitable pay for women and people of color, more workplace protections and other concerns.”
The filing falls on the 136th anniversary of The Times publishing its first edition. …