Monday, May 7, 2018

Tronc Recognizes Chicago Tribune Union

Tronc announced Sunday that it has agreed to recognize the Chicago Tribune Guild, the first newsroom union in the newspaper’s 171-year history.

The company said there will be three bargaining units, one for Chicago Tribune and RedEye employees, one for its suburban and Hoy publications and one for its design and production studio.

Official certification is expected to come from the National Labor Relations Board in the coming week. About 85 percent of newsroom employees signed cards supporting union representation, with the organizing committee submitting a letter April 24 to Chicago Tribune executives asking for recognition.

“This is an extraordinary development that has evolved quickly,” said an email sent to employees by the organizing committee.

The company did not initially agree to the request, but on Sunday, Bruce Dold, the Tribune’s publisher and editor-in-chief, announced in an email to newsroom employees that the union would be recognized.

“As we move ahead, we need to be united as one organization with an important purpose – to help the company transform and thrive as a business, and to serve our readers world-class journalism,” Dold said.

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