Roanoke times journalists looking to unionize

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR News) – Journalists and staff at The Roanoke Times announced plans on Tuesday to unionize as the Timesland News Guild.

According to a release from staff, more than 75 percent of the paper’s newsroom have signed cards in support of getting union representation. That includes reporters, photographers, graphic artists, copy and online editors, designers and support staff.

They recently came under new management and many staff members say over the years, they’ve had to do more with less as the staff size has gone down.

One reporter with the paper says they are doing this to have a voice at the table when it comes to making decisions about the newspaper.

“We’re told what is going to happen by out of town managers, who it’s possible have never even been to Roanoke. Once the news reporters, and photographers and the graphics folks who actually put out the paper every day have seat at the table and can help make decisions things are bound to get better,” said Jeff Sturgeon.

Tuesday’s announced was just about their intention to create the union. In about a month, a representative from the National Labor Relations Board will come and they will have a vote on whether or not to join.

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