Employees in the LA Times newsroom have voted to form a union. The National Labor Relations Board counted the ballots; the final vote count, according to the union, was 248-44.
“For the first time since the Los Angeles Times printed its inaugural edition in 1881, our journalists have voted to form a union,” organizers said in a statement. “We’ve long been a proud voice for our readers. Finally, we can be a proud voice for ourselves.”
Tronc, which owns the paper, opposed the move.
“We respect the outcome of the election and look forward to productive conversations with union leadership as we move forward,” a Tronc statement said. “We remain committed to ensuring that the Los Angeles Times is a leading source for news and information and to producing the award-winning journalism our readers rely on.”
The paper has been roiled recently by management turmoil, including NPR’s playing of audio recordings of Editor-in-Chief Lewis D’Vorkin criticizing an employee for giving audio of a meeting to The New York Times and an NPR story that included allegations of “frat house” behavior by Publisher and CEO Ross Levinsohn.