The Mid Hudson Valley Democratic Socialists of America applauds the editorial employees of Gannett newspapers for coming together to unionize and form the Hudson Valley News Guild. We stand in solidarity and call on their employer, Gannett, to voluntarily recognize the union and immediately cease engaging in blatant union-busting tactics.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we saw top executives continue to amass hefty bonuses while 22.2 million jobs were lost, others were forced to work in dangerous conditions, and many more struggled to survive. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that workers organize to demand better wages, suitable working conditions, and more decision-making power. We commend the Hudson Valley News Guild for joining this fight that brings about responsibility and democracy in the workplace, especially at a time when reliable news reporting is endangered and in need of protection.

Furthermore, we believe that a revival of labor militancy is an essential step to addressing multiple crises that we currently face in an economic system that prioritizes private profits over the basic needs of the vast majority, i.e. the workers. This system leaves us overworked and underpaid with little time for our loved ones, poisons our air and water, threatens the independent press, and endangers human life on this planet by throwing our weather and food systems into chaos. It is for this reason, that we the workers have the power to rebuild our world in a way that benefits the masses, that Democratic Socialists of America chapters nationwide are rallying to pass the Protect the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), which would significantly expand and protect the worker’s right to organize. Regardless of the outcome, we are committed to this fight.

We urge not just Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Senator Schumer, and Senator Gillibrand, but all Mid-Hudson Valley electeds to call on Gannett to stop their union-busting and come to the bargaining table in good faith.

Learn how to support the Hudson Valley News Guild: