Omaha World-Her­ald em­ploy­ees take steps to union­ize

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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, 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.

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