Newsroom employees of the Los Angeles Times have voted in favor of forming a union.
A vote tally on Friday at a National Labor Relations Board office in downtown Los Angeles counted 248 staffers in favor of unionization and 44 against.
"It's a great victory," said reporter Ivan Penn, who was on the organizing committee. "Without a doubt, it’s united people in the newsroom."
The union drive came during a period of turmoil for the newsroom. Recent years have seen deep cuts to editorial staff, swift leadership changes and clashes with parent company Tronc.
Investigative reporter Paul Pringle said the landslide victory sends a message to Tronc.
"The only road to our long-term success is quality journalism. No gimmicks, no short-term fixes, no debasing of the product, [but] quality journalism," he said.
Tensions were heightened this week after NPR published an investigation detailing allegations and settlements over inappropriate conduct by Times publisher Ross Levinsohn, who was appointed after last summer's ouster of Davan Maharaj.
Members of the union's organizing committee have called for Levinsohn to step down.
Leading up to the vote, management urged staffers to oppose unionization. In emails to the bargaining unit, top editors said a union would threaten the "independence" of the Times and hamper workers' "flexibility."