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Los Angeles Times journalists take step to unionize newsroom

A committee representing newsroom employees of the Los Angeles Times took an initial step Monday to form a union by asking the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election.

Earlier this year, a group of more than 40 Times journalists launched efforts to have the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America represent the newsroom in collective bargaining. The election filing, made by the guild on behalf of the Times employees, comes after years of steep declines in print advertising, staff cutbacks and management turnover.

The committee said it expects the election, which would be overseen by the NLRB, will be conducted next month.

“The Los Angeles Times is a great paper, and it will only be better with a democratic newsroom,” said Bernie Lunzer, president of the Newspaper Guild-CWA in Washington, D.C. “This is a chance to have a seat at the table.”