Attempt to Unionize Trib and CC Times Wins Support

A months-long effort to unionize the newsrooms of the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times, and several other East Bay newspapers got a huge boost today when union officials revealed that “a strong majority” of reporters, photographers, and copy editors at the papers had signed union cards and were demanding a union election. Officials from the Northern California Newspaper Guild, the union that also represents journalists at the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee, said they planned to submit the signed union cards today to the National Labor Relations Board. A union election is expected in six to eight weeks, said Sara Steffens, a veteran Times reporter and union organizer. “I’m excited,” she said. “It took a lot of work to get to this point.”

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