Pascrell Supports New Jersey Journalists’ Drive for Unionization
Labor strength will protect media jobs under attack by rapacious Wall Street pirates
Paterson, NJ, February 10, 2021
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today praised efforts by dozens of New Jersey journalists seeking unionization at three Gannett newspapers owned by GateHouse Media, a hedge fund that has a history of firing reporters and imposing pay cuts.
“Incisive local journalism forms the foundation of healthy communities. We can draw a straight line from deteriorating independent media to our growing national divisions,” said Rep. Pascrell. “We desperately need more local journalists covering our communities and holding power accountable – the future of our democracy actually depends on it. So the formation of the Record Guild to protect their jobs is natural and I support it wholeheartedly.”
Rep. Pascrell has been an outspoken supporter of local and independent journalism and a relentless critic of big business dismantling local media. In February 2019, Pascrell loudly opposed the sale of the Gannett chain to a hedge fund with a history of looting businesses and firing thousands of employees.