Herald reporters deserve living wage that guild seeks

As a frequent reader of The Herald’s online content, I express my strong support for the efforts of the newspaper’s unionized journalists who contribute so much to our community. The Herald has been a cornerstone of our local news, providing invaluable reporting that keeps residents like me informed and engaged.

It is concerning that most of the journalists are rent-burdened, spending nearly half of their pay on rent alone. This highlights the financial strain many of these talented individuals face while striving to deliver high-quality journalism. Additionally, your reporters are paid $18 per hour; significantly less than the nearly $30.08 median hourly wage for Snohomish County, according to the State Employment Security Department .

This wage disparity undervalues the hard work and dedication of The Herald’s journalists and creates an unsustainable environment that drives talent away. It is disheartening to see journalists leave The Herald because they cannot afford to live in the very communities they cover. These departures weaken the fabric of our local journalism and deprive our community of experienced and knowledgeable reporters.

Securing fair, living wages and working conditions reflect journalists’ value to our community, and will help retain the talented professionals who make The Herald a trusted source of news and information.

I urge the management of The Herald to recognize and negotiate with the union in good faith. Let us work together to create a sustainable and equitable future for local journalism.

Rami Al-Kabra


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