The Washington State NewsGuild will make their case to the NLRB to become one union for the four papers

WASHINGTON STATE - It has been three weeks since journalists at The News Tribune in Tacoma, The Olympian, The Bellingham Herald, and the Tri-City Herald announced they are unionizing.

McClatchy has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) suggesting that our union should be four separate entities, rather than the joint unit we have proposed. We disagree. The Washington State NewsGuild will best serve our communities as one union committed to local journalism.

This attempt to split up our union is disappointing and a blatant effort to weaken our organizing. We are more powerful together and we will use this power to fight for local journalism in our communities; McClatchy’s proposal to fracture our union undermines that.

McClatchy for the past several years has championed a regionalized leadership structure that has led to increased cuts and consolidation. Reporters across Washington consistently cover stories for all four papers. We have the same regional editor. We share staff consistently to cover breaking news and statewide issues. 

The company has claimed this is a good thing for journalism, forcing us to share resources across the state. Yet when we organize together, the company maintains we are separate.

We will make our case to the NLRB next week. We are confident we will be successful in our efforts.