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After 136 Years, L.A. Times Reporters Decide Whether to Unionize

  • Newsroom employees weigh pros, cons of aligning with NewsGuild
  • Parent Tronc warns ‘yea’ vote won’t solve industry’s woes
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Hundreds of Los Angeles Times newsroom staffers begin voting Thursday on whether to unionize in what could be a stinging rebuke to owner Tronc Inc.

“I’ve been here for 30 years, and the past 20 years pretty much have been continual management and ownership chaos,” said reporter Bettina Boxall, a member of the committee spearheading the drive to join the NewsGuild, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America. “We spent our careers giving other people a voice -- it’s time we had a voice.”