Chalkbeat Unionizes with the Writers Guild of America, East

Chalkbeat Unionizes with the Writers Guild of America, East
An essential resource for local and national educational news, Chalkbeat’s reporters, story editors, engagement team, and visuals staff have unionized with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). The union was voluntarily recognized by management.
 
Chalkbeat is a mission-driven nonprofit news organization committed to the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to quality education. The site has reporters based in eight locations: Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, and Tennessee.
 
In a statement to management explaining their decision to unionize, Chalkbeat’s 26-member staff wrote, “Our teams have worked relentlessly during the COVID-19 crisis and our record readership shows how valuable our journalism is today. We recognize the need for flexibility in a field with unpredictable hours. But now more than ever, it is important that we establish reasonable protections so that employees do not burn out, but feel supported and stay long-term.”

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