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Three Gannett newspaper employees approve move to unionize

By David Wildstein, October 28 2021 2:08 pm

Reporters and staffers of the Asbury Park Press, the Courier News and the Home News Tribune have voted to unionize and will join the NewsGuild of New York.

The APP-MCJ Guild said on Twitter that the vote, overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, passed “with overwhelming support.”

Paul D’Ambrosio, the executive editor of the Asbury Park Press, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Three other Gannett-owned newspapers – the Bergen Record, the Daily Record and the New Jersey Herald – voted to form a union earlier this year, along with a group of digital producers for 37 Gannett news sites in New Jersey and four other states.

In each situation, Gannett declined to voluntarily recognize employee efforts to form a union and instead forced a vote.

Employees have complained about their treatment by Gannett.

In June, the NewsGuild filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board.

Earlier this year, New Jersey lawmakers today told Gannett to stop interfering with the right of reporters at three North Jersey newspapers to unionize.

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) accused Gannett of holding anti-union captive audience meetings with their employees.

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