Journalists turn to Union to advocate for rights

Susan DeCarava, President of the NewsGuild of New York, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how her Union turned COVID-19 into an opportunity to organize workers, create greater solidarity, adjust to the challenges of the pandemic and transition to a remote workforce. 

Members of the NewsGuild of New York were often the first on the scene reporting on issues that arose during the pandemic, including finance, politics and changing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention policies. Especially at the start of the pandemic, they often worked without protective gear. Despite the challenges, members united as a community to advocate for their rights, DeCarava said.

Members of the NewsGuild of New York made the decision regarding whether or not to return to the office a subject of collective bargaining. Over the course of the pandemic, Union members realized most for their jobs could be successfully performed remotely, with no need to be in the office. Union leaders maintain there is no need to rush back to the office when journalists are able to do their work with the help of technology.

DeCarava also spoke about three Gannett owned newspapers, the Asbury Park Press, the Courier News and the Home News Tribune, who recently voted to join the NewsGuild of New York. Maintaining local news outlets is a key priority for the Union because of the importance of local journalism to the success of democracy, she said.

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