KCUR staffers seek to unionize

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Staffers at KCUR in Kansas City, Mo., shared their intent to form a union in an open letter Tuesday. 

The staffers are intending to unionize through the Communications Workers of America.

“As KCUR continues to grow and develop to better serve the community, we seek a more active role in the shared future of this organization,” the employees said in the letter posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. Twenty-six editorial staffers signed the letter, according to a KCUR news article about the effort. 

By forming a union, the staffers said, they are seeking “more stable working conditions, competitive pay and benefits that accurately reflect the media market, and better job protection in the increasingly volatile market of journalism.” 

GM Sarah Morris said in a statement that she had received notification of the staffers’ intent to unionize. 

“Our station leadership recognizes the rights of employees to explore collective representation with the University of Missouri system and appreciated their transparent approach,” Morris said in the statement.

“At KCUR, we value the contributions of each team member and are committed to fostering an environment that is open, positive and constructive,” she added. 

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