The Atlantic intends to voluntarily acknowledge a newly shaped union of editorial staff, the journal’s editor in chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, mentioned Monday.
Staff members introduced on Monday morning that they had been forming a union affiliated with the NewsGuild, which additionally represents workers at The New York Times and lots of different retailers. The union will cowl about 85 workers, together with writers, editor, truth checkers and producers.
The Atlantic Union mentioned in a assertion posted on Twitter that though the journal was thriving, “the American press — its freedoms, its stability and its future — is at a precarious moment.”
“We believe that we are stronger collectively than individually, and that the future of journalism is brighter when its workers are united,” the assertion mentioned.
Mr. Goldberg mentioned in a be aware to workers on Monday that the firm had acquired the request to acknowledge the union that morning.
“I’m writing to let you know that we have decided to work with the organizers of this effort on an agreement to voluntarily recognize the Atlantic editorial bargaining unit,” Mr. Goldberg wrote in the e mail. “We look forward to meeting together to chart a path forward.”
The Atlantic Union is the latest in a latest spate of organizing efforts throughout digital media. Journalists at Insider and tech staff at The New York Times introduced in April that they’d shaped unions with the NewsGuild. The New York Times management has mentioned it won’t voluntarily acknowledge the tech staff’ union, pushing the matter to a formal vote with the National Labor Relations Board.