Tronc's agreement to voluntarily recognize the union at The Virginian-Pilot and the Daily Press came just 10 days after the Tidewater Media Guild formally asked the company to do so.
Tronc cited financial pressures in gutting the New York Daily News, a major force in local coverage. It has won Pulitzer Prizes and been a thorn in President Trump's side.
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In this Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, pharmaceuticals billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong waves as he arrives in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. Soon-Shiong will take over the L.A. Times on Monday.
According to labor organizers, Tronc has agreed to recognize three separate bargaining units within the same union at its Chicago-area publications, including the Chicago Tribune.
Ross Levinsohn (right), with his frequent business collaborator, James Heckman, at a 2014 iHeartRadio party at CES in Las Vegas. They are accompanied by Heckman's wife, Emilia.
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