That’s right! Job security is almost guaranteed for newspaper employees these days, so why the heck would they need a union? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel award-winning columnist Jim Stingl wrote this piece just as Wisconsin journalists working for the state’s Gannett papers were getting laid off.
None of them had Guild representation, by the way. [Correction: The Sheboygan Press still has a newsroom union.]
I asked Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sports reporter and Milwaukee Newspaper Guild president Tom Silverstein what he thought of Stingl’s column. His response:
When I hear non-members in our newsroom say that they don’t feel they need the protection of a union I smile because it means they are definitely benefiting from the protections of our union. Over the years, we’ve worked hard to assure that everyone can express their individuality and still have the strength of 105 (what our bargaining unit is down to) committed journalists behind them.
We aren’t just about better wages and benefits. Together, we maintain the highest standards of journalism and are committed to our paper thriving.
Stingl declined my invitation to tell Romenesko readers more about his union views.