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'Great news' Guardian US secures union recognition

30 July 2015

he editorial staff working for Guardian US have voted unanimously for union representation and recognition. The News Media Guild and its members will continue to work with the editor and company to secure a long-term, sustainable future. 

A joint statement released by the Guardian US chapter of the News Media Guild said:

"We would like to thank the News Media Guild and the Communications Workers of America for their invaluable help, advice and support. Furthermore, we greatly appreciate the support shown by our unionized editorial colleagues in the UK and Australia, where the Guardian has a strong history of working in partnership with its unions.
"Together we look forward to continuing to enhance the Guardian’s reputation as one of the most read, most respected and most trusted news organisations in the US."

Brian Williams, joint FoC of the UK's Guardian and Observer chapel, said:

"This is great news for all of us. We will be looking to work closely with the Guild to improve all journalists' terms and conditions and to fly the flag for quality journalism."

Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:

"Congratulations to everyone involved in making this happen. It shows what can be done and will send a ripple across other newsrooms where journalists want a say. The long term, sustainable future of journalism has to have the ideas and input of the people who do the work at its heart."

Bernard Lunzer, president of The NewsGuild-CWA, said:

"This is a big day not only for the writers and staff members at the Guardian US but for the news industry as a whole. Digital media is growing up, and it’s time our digital reporters received the same benefits and protections as their print media colleagues."

More information:

The NewsGuild-CWA statement

Guardian US staff vote to unionise

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