Jan 19, 2018

Los Angeles Times votes to unionize as publisher takes unpaid leave

L.A. Times Publisher Ross Levinsohn. Photo: Brian Steffy/WireImage

Los Angeles Times employees voted 248-44 to unionize Friday, after a year of tumultuous staffing and leadership drama. Later that afternoon, it was reported that publisher Ross Levinsohn would be taking unpaid leave after The Times' parent company, Tronc, launched an investigation into his "questionable behavior" reported by NPR.

Why it matters: The news occurred after many staffers signed a letter to Tronc's board of directors calling for Levinsohn's removal. The letter and union push are symbolic of The Times' employees' resistance against the new Tronc leadership.

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