Law360 NewsGuild Members Vote to Authorize Strike
The Unit Council of Law360, a New York-based legal news service owned by LexisNexis, announced on Tuesday that their members voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing a strike if necessary to secure a first contract. Employees first voted to join the Communications Workers of America's NewsGuild two years ago, but Law360 management has since then dragged out negotiations and refused to move on issues including job security and paid holidays, and has even proposed that the company be able to inspect journalists' personal electronic devices.
"As journalists, we understand the value of our work and we expect the company, which profits from our labor, to demonstrate its respect for our efforts and with more than a pat on the back and a thumbs-up for a job well done," the union said in a statement. "More than two years after forming a union, we've had it with management dragging out contract negotiations with one shabby proposal after another. The strike authorization demonstrates that our newsroom stands united and is committed to securing a good contract, no matter what it takes. #2Years2Long." Read more about the strike authorization here.