Newsroom Staffers At The Atlantic Announce Formation Of A Union, Win Voluntary Recognition
(NEW YORK CITY) - Journalists at The Atlantic have announced the formation of a Union, reporting that 80% of Staff Writers, Copy Editors, Fact Checkers, Staff Editors, Art Directors, Engineers and Producers at the magazine and on-line platform had signed cards indicating support for The Atlantic Union.
They will become part of the NewsGuild of New York and represent close to 100 people.
“For (163) years, The Atlantic has been an indispensable voice, and we want to keep it strong for the next (163) years by ensuring fairness and protection for the Staff,” Staff Writer David Graham said. “Our supporters include some of our longest-tenured Staffers and newest colleagues, from the entry level to veteran stars. We hope management will recognize us quickly so we can get to work negotiating a fair contract.”
Shortly after the Workers’ announcement, management said they would do exactly that - recognize the Union voluntarily.
During a year marked by crisis, instability and isolation, in the world generally and in the industry, Editorial Employees at The Atlantic have faced layoffs, uncertainty and the immense burden of personal anxiety and grief, while also producing excellent journalism about the crisis, Workers said in a press statement.
The experience has galvanized those Staff Members in the effort to take collective action to protect their careers and ensure The Atlantic’s future.
The NewsGuild of New York, Local 31003 of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), represents nearly 4,000 Media Professionals and other Employees at New York area news organizations, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Thomson Reuters, The Nation, BuzzFeed News, TIME, PEOPLE, Wirecutter, and The Daily Beast.
For More On This Organizing Labor News Story, Read The NewsGuild of New York’s Press Release At: https://newsguild.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Atlantic-Union-Press-Release-2021-0607.pdf?link_id=10&can_id=d28a0e75022b91d73fc95bc86b686390&source=email-union-matters-june-4-2021&email_referrer=email_1198221&email_subject=union-matters-june-11-2021