Omaha World-Herald employees take steps to unionize
Members of the newsroom sta of e Omaha World-Herald have led cards with the National Labor Relations Board stating their desire to be represented by e News Guild-CWA. Seventy- ve percent of the 95 journalists who work as reporters, copy editors, designers and photographers in e World-Herald’s newsroom signed cards, said a news release from the guild.
The cards, led on Sept. 13, will trigger an NLRB-monitored election by World-Herald sta members in the next 20 to 40 days unless the newspaper’s owner, Omaha-based BH Media Group, part of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, voluntarily recognizes e NewsGuild as the workers’ union, according to the guild.
The World-Herald, which BH Media’s website says has more than 100,000 print subscribers and a million unique visitors per month at Omaha.com, would become the rst newspaper in Nebraska to have a unionized newsroom.
In the summer, BH Media struck a deal with Iowa-based Lee Enterprises to manage e World-Herald and other BH Media papers. Lee’s management began in July.