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This Is ‘What Being In A Union Can Do For You:’ The Los Angeles Times Reaches ‘Historic’ Agreement With Its Newsroom Union - Three-Year Deal With Anti-Union Management Includes Immediate Wage Increases & Slew Of Benefits

Published Sunday, December 29, 2019
by Meg James/The Los Angeles Times
This Is ‘What Being In A Union Can Do For You:’ The Los Angeles Times Reaches ‘Historic’ Agreement With Its Newsroom Union - Three-Year Deal With Anti-Union Management Includes Immediate Wage Increases & Slew Of Benefits

(LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA) - The Los Angeles Times has reached a Labor Agreement with the Union that represents about 475 members of its newsroom, a milestone for a newspaper that for generations was known as a bastion of Anti-Unionism.

The two sides had been working on the newsroom’s first Collective Bargaining Agreement for more than a year.

The three-year agreement would provide immediate pay raises of at least 5% for many Newsroom Employees after years of stagnant wages, and some will see a more significant boost.

The LA Times also agreed to a 2.5% raise in the second and third years.

The contract includes job protections, parental leave, severance pay and rights for Journalists who wanted to pursue book deals.

In addition, managers of The Times committed to interview people from under-represented groups to fill job openings as a way to increase newsroom diversity.

Most Non-Management Newsroom Employees will be covered, including Reporters, Columnists, Data Journalists, Copy Editors, Librarians, Web Producers, Audio Producers, Page Designers, Photographers and Videographers.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-16/los-angeles-times-first-guild-contract?fbclid=IwAR1Mq0ou_UASYopcTun5mFNtDbazVtYhl6Y4J8IN1lmC5c5Gi9RfPUSTE6A

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