Tronc to recognize Chicago Tribune Guild

SHARE Tronc to recognize Chicago Tribune Guild

On Sunday, Guild members sent a letter to the their Tribune colleagues announcing the informing them that their own will be recognized by Tronc.

A unionized newsroom will be officially recognized by the Chicago Tribune for the first time in the paper’s 170-year history.

According to a statement released by the Chicago Tribune Guild, on Sunday, Tronc will bargain withthree separate bargaining units,Chicago Tribune and RedEye,Hoy, The Beacon News, The Courier-News, Naperville Sun, Daily Southtown, along withDesign and Production Studio (DPS).

The Tribune Guild expects union certification from the National Labor Relations Board in the coming week, according toDavid Roeder, a former Chicago Sun-Times business columnist who now consults for the Chicago News Guild and Chicago Tribune Guild.

“They [Tronc] have agreed to recognize three different bargaining groups and have pledged to begin negotiations with these groups for a first contract. It is extremely rare for a company as large and as complex as the Tribune to voluntarily recognize a labor union. Usually they require that things go to a secret ballot election but when we filed to be recognized as a union we did so with 85 percent of people [staff] signing union cards indicating their support,” Roeder said. “They decided not to fight that. They agreed with us that everyone their request to be recognized as a bargaining unit, we should go straight on to bargaining a contract.”

Roeder told the Sun-Times that Tronc employees are “ecstatic” over the news. He also said that 230 members have signed union cards, and that number can go up to 280 during contract negotiations.

“They are thrilled at this development. We at the Chicago [News] Guild are looking forward to supporting them as they are trying to seek a just contract for all of their members.”

On Sunday, Guild members sent a letter to the their Tribune colleagues informing them that their union will be recognized by Tronc.

When Tribune newsroom staffers announced their intent to unionize last month,the Tribune’s publisher and editor-in-chief Bruce Dold said: “We do not have enough information to make such a decision and therefore we decline to recognize at this time. We believe the best course for navigating this process is through the procedures and resources of the National Labor Relations Board.”

In recent years, staff members at WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR affiliate, the Better Government Association, and The Chicago Reader signed union cards.

In an emailed statement sent to the Sun-Times sent by a Chicago Tribune Guild member,The Tribune Guild said they are ready to sit down at the bargaining table with Tronc representatives.

“The Guild is eager to take its seat at the bargaining table and is pleased that Tronc has recognized the legal rights of its workers and the strength of their desire to unionize. It is a clear victory for journalism and journalists.”


Tribune rejects unionization effort, sends matter toNLRB

Chicago Tribune newsroom staffers announce intent tounionize

L.A. Times and The Onion today, Trib tomorrow? Unions making gains innewsrooms

The Latest
Lakendra Porter, 24, was charged with aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon and reckless conduct, police said.
About 20% of registered Chicago voters had turned out by Tuesday evening, an unofficial total that would mark the lowest rate for the city since 2014.
The incomplete results shortly after polls closed Tuesday night indicated Preckwinkle was holding a strong lead against Boykin, a former Cook County Board commissioner.
Cook County Assessor Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi was trying to fend off challenger Kari Steele. And in the Board of Review’s 1st District, first-term incumbent Tammy Wendt faced Chicago Ald. George Cardenas.