Evansville Courier & Press journalists have united to form a union, said a press release from the group sent to the Hendersonian Monday morning.
Henderson newspaper, The Gleaner, is compiled in the same office as the Courier & Press.
The Hendersonian called the contact number of the journalists, but the reporter acting as spokesperson did not immediately respond to a message asking for comment.
In the press release, the journalists cited “slashed resources and jobs and the prospect that nothing will happen without action” as reasons for forming the union.
According to the release, journalists at the Evansville newspaper who have been recognized for their work have continued to leave the paper as parent company Gannett reduces resources.
“Others have been forced out,” said the release.
The newsroom is a “fraction of its former size—but the care and effort shown by the remaining reporters and photographers has not wavered,” said the release.
“We love our jobs and want to continue serving the community,” reporter Jon Webb said in the release. “We believe unionizing is the best way to ensure that happens.”
The release said journalists currently work the hours of three people, and new hires nor raises are on the way.
The journalists hope to join the NewsGuild-CWA and asks that Gannett recognize the union, said the release.
The NewsGuild is part of Communications Workers of America (CWA), the largest communications and media labor union in the United States, representing about 700,000 members in the US and Canada, said the release.
Evansville News Guild will become a bargaining unit of TNG-CWA Local 34070, which also represents workers of the Indianapolis NewsGuild and Courier Journal Guild, said the release.