Apr 2, 2021 • 46M

22: Dress your baby in a union onesie (w/ The State News Guild)

One of South Carolina's biggest newspapers is unionizing

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Paul Bowers
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My guests are Bristow Marchant (@BristowatHome) and David Travis Bland (@dtravisbland), reporters at The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. They and their colleagues went public with the formation of The State News Guild this week, seeking voluntary union recognition from management.

On this episode we talk organizing strategy, debunk some common myths about “right-to-work” laws, and obsess over their absolute banger of a union logo, courtesy of Dre Lopez.

You can follow the guild at @thestateguild on Twitter and Instagram, read the guild’s statement at thestateguild.org, and cop some of that sweet sweet union merchandise at shop.spreadshirt.com/thestateguild. For more information about organizing your newsroom, visit newsguild.org.

I previously interviewed two members of the Packet/Gazette Guild, the first successful local newsroom union in South Carolina. Check out Episode 9: Good news for people who love local news.