As journalists, we demand transparency from the people we cover. As employees of the Los Angeles Times, we demand the same of the executives who run our company.
This week, various media reports, including a lengthy investigation in the Huffington Post, suggested Tronc is building a media entity called Los Angeles Times Network that is not part of the Los Angeles Times — with editorial hires that report to the business side.
This raises a morass of journalistic and ethical questions.
We have grave concerns about this matter and have requested information from Tronc's management team — which they have declined to provide. Why a communications company built on the idea of publishing the truth wouldn't be truthful with its employees is beyond comprehension. But rest assured that our newsroom remains mobilized and powerful and we are covered by legal protections.
We will make our voices heard. And as we investigate and learn more about these developments, we will report back to you.
As a reminder: We are in a period called "status quo," which means that the company can no longer make unilateral changes to our benefits or working conditions — that includes any attempt to outsource the work that we do. Moreover, if the company tries to grill frontline workers about media leaks or anything else, they have a right to have a union representative during the meeting.
We have rights. You have rights. The Guild is here for you.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns or think your rights have been violated, please reach out to an organizer or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Los Angeles Times Guild organizing committee