Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Houston Landing Workers Form Union After Editor, Star Reporter Fired

Houston Landing workers

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An overwhelming majority of workers at the nonprofit publication Houston Landing voted to join The NewsGuild-CWA. The workers were proud to have met and even exceeded company targets for impact, page views and engagement time, among others, just eight months after launch. Management’s shock decision to terminate the Landing’s founding editor-in-chief and sole investigative reporter exposed the lack of protections Landing workers have. Some 75% of eligible workers signed union authorization cards, signaling their desire to form the Houston Landing News Guild.

“We will fight to maintain a workplace culture that reflects our core values of transparency, inclusivity and accountability. We will champion editorial representation at the highest levels of company leadership and decision-making,” the Houston Landing News Guild's mission statement said. “Finally, we will uphold the mission of the Landing: to advance democracy through journalism and improve the lives of all Houstonians one story at a time.”