Newspaper chain recognizes union at 2 Virginia dailies

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Union organizers at two Virginia newspapers say they have won voluntary recognition of their union from management.

The two papers, The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk and the Daily Press in Newport News, are owned by Chicago-based Tronc Inc.

The union, known as the Tidewater Media Guild, represents more than 100 journalists at those papers as well as The Virginia Gazette and Tidewater Review.

Workers organized after Tronc acquired the Norfolk paper earlier this year, raising concerns about consolidation efforts and potential layoffs.

Guild officials say more than 83 percent of eligible newsroom employees signed cards authorizing the union.

In a statement, Tronc said it “looks forward to a productive bargaining process with union leadership.”

Before Friday’s announcement, management had indicated it would insist on a formal election to recognize the guild.

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