Rising Voices Workers Organize

Rising Voices Union

We, the workers of Rising Voices, a Project of the Center for Empowered Politics, are joining the long-established tradition of the working class communities we organize alongside by uniting to form a union with The Newspaper Guild of Detroit, TNG-CWA 34022. 

As Asian American community organizers and movement builders, we advocate for working-class, multiracial communities across Michigan—and it is time we advocate for ourselves as workers. 

Establishing a union will allow us to have a seat at the decision-making table, formalizing the work conditions that brought and keep us working here through a fair contract, while also advocating for the changes necessary to help our organization achieve the social change that we fight for every day. Some of our values include: radical, collective liberation, and collaborative culture. By establishing the Rising Workers Union, we are striving to live and work by those values. 

We are optimistic for our leadership to act alongside Rising Voices’ stated liberatory values by voluntarily recognizing our unit.

 
      You may not recognize the faces of the journalists at the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. Look close and you’ll see they are a lot like you. And every day, they work hard to find the truth and report it. They do it so you — their families, friends and neighbors — can make informed decisions about your health, your safety, your money and your government. It’s a responsibility they take seriously.
 
     The Detroit Newspaper Guild, the union representing those journalists, is working to negotiate a new labor contract with the companies that own the Free Press and The News. It seeks to get the newspapers’ workers the same things you want from your employer: fair pay and affordable health care. To that end, the Guild asks you to support those journalists and defend our democratic way of life.
 
Special Thanks to Brian Kaufman for his wonderful work.