Florida Times-Union staff take step toward unionization

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Journalists who work as reporters, photographers, copy editors and desk editors in the The Florida Times-Union newsroom in Jacksonville have signed cards stating that they want to be represented by The NewsGuild-CWA, the guild announced.

The cards were filed June 19 at the Tampa regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. The cards will trigger an NLRB-monitored election by Times-Union staff members in the next 20 to 40 days.

If a majority of those voting cast ballots in favor of unionizing, the newsroom staff of 35 to 40 professionals will begin working with the Times-Union's owner, GateHouse Media, to negotiate a first labor contract.

The Times-Union has a circulation of 44,750 daily, 68,600 on Sunday and daily page views of about 380,000 on Jacksonville.com. It would become the third GateHouse newspaper in Florida to unionize after successful NewsGuild organizing drives in 2016 at the Lakeland Ledger and Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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