Tribune Publishing did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
Union representation for editorial staff was a hit in the 1990s. Mr Zuckerman forced journalists to reapply for their old jobs when he bought the struggling Daily News, and Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the rival New York Post, managed to get daily issues published even as the newspaper’s staff in one Picket lines stood. At the same time, journalists began to see themselves as professionals who had little in common with union workers.
This attitude has changed in recent years. Writers, editors, fact checkers and editorial assistants at The New Yorker, BuzzFeed News, Slate, Salon and other publications have formed unions, and the same trend can be seen in Tribune Publishing. As of 2018, The Chicago Tribune, The Hartford Courant and The Orlando Sentinel have been among the newsrooms operated by the unionized firm.
Arizona Republic newsroom staff, owned by Gannett, and The Miami Herald, owned by Chatham Asset Management, formed unions in 2019. Many newsroom workers have unionized for generations, including the New York Times on the NewsGuild.
At The Daily News, discussions about re-joining the NewsGuild officially began in April, about a month after staff started working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last summer, Tribune Publishing announced that The Daily News newsroom in Lower Manhattan has been closed for good as staff continue to do their jobs outside of the office.
By the end of the year, the company also closed editorial offices on many other publications, including The Hartford Courant. In addition to newsroom closings, Tribune permanently cut wages for employees who earn more than $ 67,000 annually and introduced three-week vacation days for employees who earn between $ 40,000 and $ 67,000.