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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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College athletes can’t unionize, but will soon market themselves

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Successful college football programs routinely fill 80,000- to 105,000-seat stadiums every Saturday in the fall. Basketball-crazy fans pack 17,000- to 20,000-seat arenas in the winter. Not that long ago, the income generated by football and basketball programs was almost the sole source of funding for non-revenue-producing programs. In 1984 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the NCAA (a.k.a. “The Evil Empire”) had violated anti-trust laws by preventing schools from negotiating their own television deals. Financial windfalls soon followed. With the explosion…

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