Labor Unions in Media

Media workers encompass employees, freelance and contract contributors, interns, and apprentices in journalism, including newsroom workers—reporters, editors, photographers, and videographers—and workers in the production, printing, advertising, and circulation departments. A labor union is a collective organization that workers form to protect their interests and rights in the workplace. A craft union is a model of unionism in which workers organize around a particular trade, such as reporters or print workers, while an industrial union represents workers across an industry regardless of trade or skill. Media workers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom have long organized labor unions to improve their pay rates, benefits, working conditions, and training programs; defend their rights in the workplace; and respond to technological change. They have also ...

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