Chicago Public Media unions seek CEO’s immediate ouster amid a no-confidence vote

Unions for the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ criticized Matt Moog, who announced he planned to leave last year but later oversaw layoffs


Unionized journalists at WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times voted overwhelmingly to seek outgoing Chicago Public Media CEO Matt Moog’s immediate removal, expressing a lack of confidence in his leadership in a letter released Tuesday.

The no-confidence votes from WBEZ’s SAG-AFTRA union local and the Chicago Newspaper Guild at the Sun-Times come after Moog defended the CPM board’s decision to issue lay-off notices to 14 employees in April amid declining revenues, including nine unionized content creators at WBEZ.

In a letter to CPM’s board of directors Tuesday, union leaders said 86% of unionized journalists at the radio station and newspaper participated in the vote, with 96% wanting Moog gone now.

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