The State Media Co. Newsroom employees. Formed a union..
McClatchy Co, which owns several local media outlets in the state. Voluntarily approved the state news guild on Monday, making the state the largest newspaper in South Carolina.
In announcing voluntary approval, state president and editor Brian Tory said: This route can accelerate the process of initiating negotiations.
“We look forward to working with the State News Guild to advance this process and ensure a strong future for local journalism in South Carolina.”
The guild issued its own statement, stating: “This is a great first step in demonstrating McClutch’s commitment to local journalism and those who make it happen in South Carolina. We look forward to maintaining this mutual respect in the negotiations.”
On social media, guild members are grateful for working in the state and have expressed their desire to “protect what we have.” According to its website, the guild wants to negotiate better wages, better work safety, and staff diversity.
Last fall, employees in the newsrooms of two other properties owned by McClatchy, The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette, I agreed to organize.
McClatchy also owns Sun News on Myrtle Beach and The Herald on Rock Hill.