Today, Mic management agreed to voluntarily recognize the NewsGuild of New York as the collective bargaining representative of its editorial staff.
Spend an evening at the NewsGuild on March 29 at 6 p.m., in a conversation moderated by Forward Together’s Janna Zinzi, for a broad-ranging panel discussion on how journalists can balance objectivity and neutrality with accurate, fair, and trustworthy coverage. RSVP here!
We’re proud to welcome the editorial employees of Mic to the NewsGuild family! Learn more here.
Read the Executive Committee's letter to the local's membership on the union's commitment to protect and defend any member who might be dealing with harassment in the workplace. Additionally, find out how the Guild can be of service to its members in such situations and how, as coworkers, we can comfort and assist anyone dealing with harassment.
Get to know Kia Johnson of Reuters and why she thinks journalism is critical now more than ever (and why Guild membership is vital in today's newsrooms).
Democracy depends on journalism, and there’s no better time for media organizations to unionize.
“One of the NewsGuild’s biggest strengths is that they understand the journalism business so well. We all want to do the best journalism we can. And it’s important to know that it’s not just about a contract… the Guild wants to make sure that their journalists are doing the best work that they can. And that’s important to me because I care about the quality of the work that I do.”
"Guild membership is important to push back on management policies that affect our members’ financial well-being, health care, and work-life balance."
"...The value of our work is always in danger of being undermined or taken for granted, and the only way we can protect it is together."
"With the Guild, you have such a strong community you can turn to, both in your workplace and in the larger network of like-minded people."
"Unity is critical in a business where the bosses are trying to slash costs, take away benefits and gut morale with continuous layoffs and buyouts."
"The Guild’s a structure connected to my work, but not aligned with the interests of my employer, which means I know they have my back. Unions are just the word we use to describe the power that comes from workers acting collectively, and that power is multiplied way beyond what my small shop could achieve because we’re connected to all the other publications represented by the Guild. And that’s a hell of a lot better than trying to navigate this industry on my own!"
"At a time of cutbacks and layoffs in corporate-controlled media organizations, journalists need reliable support infrastructure to protect functional working conditions and to give them a feasible way to seek recourse if needed."
"Union protections allow us to speak our minds at work, whether or not we think our boss will agree. That makes for a far better and more interesting newsroom."
Guild member and Daily Beast journalist Brandy Zadrozny has worn many hats. From a mixologist to a librarian (she did earn her master’s degree in Library Information Sciences from Pratt), Zadrozny didn’t start out as a reporter. And although she covers social issues, science, and crime for the Daily Beast, sometimes she truly just enjoys writing think pieces on The Bachelor. Get to know Brandy!
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