The staff of the Los Angeles Times has overwhelmingly voted to unionize after a months-long campaign that faced intense opposition from both the paper’s management and owners.
The media conglomerate tronc has been fighting to bust the union drive at its flagship newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, for months. Meanwhile, tronc chairman Michael Ferro has been writing checks to his own consulting firm and looking at designs for a swanky new office for the newspaper in downtown LA.
Workers at the Los Angeles Times want to unionize. The newspaper’s bosses, however, do not want that to happen. Gee, wonder why!
The Los Angeles Times has lots of challenges, including years of harsh staff cuts, a corporate parent of questionable value, and an ongoing union drive at a historically anti-union company. Brand-new Times editor Lewis D’Vorkin is taking on the most important challenge first: what his employees must not tweet.