Ark Republic solidified this week its affiliation as associate members of Communication Workers of America through the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia.
“We are excited for your group to become associate members of the NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia. Your mission to engage readers to promote change is a shared vision that the NewsGuild and Communications Workers of America believe in,” said Bill Ross, Executive Director of TNG-CWA Local 38010. “In addition to limited benefits that we provide to Associate Members, we give them exposure to partnership opportunities at our represented non profit organizations, and local and national media outlets. We look forward to a helping Ark Republic thrive and prosper.”
Local 38010 represents a range of newspaper employees, which include reporters, photographers, artists, editors, accountants, internal auditors, web designers, administrators, support staff and advertising sales, online editorial and sales employees, and circulation customer service representatives in the Philadelphia region. Additionally it represents restaurant employees and ride share drivers.
“Being part of a union continues the tradition of protecting the blood and sweat equity of the people,” said Dr. Kaia N. Shivers, Founder and Editor in Chief of Ark Republic. “There are so many talented and gifted creatives that will benefit from union representation. This is a huge gift by Local 38010 that is integral in our growth.”
Inching towards its first year, Ark Republic steadily picks up steam. Yesterday, Ark Republic announced its management team. Veteran journalist Stephanie Arnold was named managing editor, while Fahiym Abdul-Wasi takes on deputy editor and Donavan Ramon, Ph.D. assumes the position of editor of narrative.