Tronc recognizes union formed by Virginian-Pilot, Daily Press workers

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Union organizers at the Tidewater region’s two largest newspapers say they’ve won voluntary recognition of their union from management.

Both The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk and the Daily Press in Newport News are owned by Chicago-based Tronc Inc.

The union, known as the Tidewater Media Guild, represents more than 100 journalists at those papers as well as The Virginia Gazette and Tidewater Review.

Workers organized after Tronc acquired the Norfolk paper earlier this year, raising concerns about consolidation efforts and potential layoffs.

Guild officials say more than 83 percent of eligible newsroom employees signed cards authorizing the union.

PREVIOUSLY: Tidewater Media Guild files for union election after Tronc denies recognition

In a statement, Tronc said it “looks forward to a productive bargaining process with union leadership.”

Before Friday’s announcement, management had indicated it would insist on a formal election to recognize the guild.

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