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Labor relations panel will hear complaint against Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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A Florida-based division of the National Labor Relations Board will hold a hearing on a complaint against the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the paper’s leadership intimidated and threatened “reprisals” if newsroom employees voted to form a union. The hearing is currently set for Aug. 21 in Tampa. Last September, the newsroom staff of the Herald-Tribune, a GateHouse Media paper, voted to unionize under the NewsGuild-CWA by a vote of 22-16. Among the allegations, the complaint said publisher Patrick Dorsey in August “created an impression among employees that…

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune newsroom votes to unionize

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The newsroom staff of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on Thursday narrowly voted to unionize, according to the NewsGuild-CWA, which now will represent those employees. The final tally was 22-16, the union said. “We are ready to have a voice and a place at the table where decisions affecting our staff and our service to the community are made,” said Elizabeth Johnson, an investigative reporter who joined the paper in April 2012. “We’re looking forward to exerting that voice through a fair contract.” This makes…

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With landslide vote, Lakeland Ledger reporters, staff approve union

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The reporters, photographers and copy editors of The Lakeland Ledger overwhelmingly voted Thursday to be represented by the News Guild-CWA, Communications Workers of America, in contract negotiations with the paper’s owners, GateHouse Media. The vote, supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, was 23 for union representation and 3 against, setting off rumors of other newspapers’ news personnel ready to request their own union votes in the state. The Ledger newsroom is now the first union newsroom in Florida, but…

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Lakeland Ledger reporters, staff to vote on joining union

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Members of newsrooms all over Florida will be watching the reporters, photographers and copy editors of The Lakeland Ledger this afternoon as they vote on whether to be represented by the News Guild-CWA, Communications Workers of America. The union vote will be supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, which has indicated it will release the results following the vote today. If the vote at The Ledger favors joining the union, it will be the first newsroom in Florida to…

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Lakeland’s “The Ledger” newsroom aims to unionize

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It’s the one word that strikes fear—or at least puts heartburn—in the chests of corporate management: Union. And the new barons of journalism aren’t immune. The Ledger‘s newsroom workers now are moving to unionize, according to a Tuesday press release from the NewsGuild-CWA (Communications Workers of America). The Ledger, Lakeland’s newspaper of record, was owned for 42 of its 92 years by The New York Times Company. It was bought in 2011 by Halifax Media, which was itself was later taken…

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