Editorial staffers at legal publisher Law360 agreed on a four-year labor contract Dec. 17, according to a NewsGuild of New York release.
More than 170 editorial staffers belong to the bargaining unit, and the agreement was unanimously approved, with a vote of 168-0, according to a Law360 union statement.
The writers, editors, and other staff will see an increased minimum salary of $50,000 as part of the deal. The staff will also see “significant wage increase—an average immediate 22 percent boost in total salaries,” the NewsGuild statement said.
The contract is the workers’ first agreement. It permanently eliminates noncompete agreements and story quotas, as well as securing “successorship language,” according to the statement.
The provision “ensures that the collective bargaining agreement is assumed by any new owner of the company,” according to the NewsGuild statement. “At a time of uncertainty and upheaval in the media sector, Law360 members recognized, and fought for, this key provision to protect the union if LexisNexis were to sell the news service.”
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(Updated with additional reporting.)