The unionization movement that started in 2015 shows little sign of slowing down. Journalists across the country launched at least 35 union campaigns this year, the vast majority of which were successful.
Many of those campaigns were organized by the NewsGuild, the largest union representing journalists, which broke its annual organizing record. This year, 1,542 journalists from 26 workplaces joined the union. (The NewsGuild also organized an additional 16 non-media workplaces, giving it a total of 2,128 new members in 2021). It set its previous record in 2019 when 1,499 workers, both media and non-media, joined the union.
“You’re looking at exponential numbers of journalists joining a union and unionizing their workplace, and I think that will continue to grow,” said NewsGuild president Jon Schleuss.