Inside Public Integrity

Published — April 27, 2021

Public Integrity, union agree to structure on raises


The Center for Public Integrity’s leadership and the Center for Public Integrity Union are happy to announce that we have reached an agreement on salaries for the remainder of the union’s current contract with the organization.

Public Integrity’s leadership and the union share a commitment to investing in our people. We agreed to a cost-of-living salary increase of 2% each year, 2021 and 2022, for each staff member making more than $100,000, and 3.25% for those who make less than that. In addition, we chose to increase the salary floors of Group 1 and Group 2 employee categories in our contract. Finally, we agreed to a one time “COVID stipend” of $200 per staffer in recognition of the challenges and costs of a year of working at home.  

We know how difficult it can be to begin a career in journalism. Over the last 10 years, more and more journalists take one or more lower-paying internships and fellowships as their first jobs. Public Integrity is pleased to have raised the salary floor for our fellows to $50,000 annualized, and our entry level staff to $70,000 to help ensure that every person in our organization has a living wage. We also have a more progressive raise structure. These both reflect Public Integrity’s and the union’s shared commitment to equity.

The Public Integrity Union ratified the agreement on April 25.

Founded in 1989, the Center for Public Integrity is one of the oldest nonprofit news organizations in the country. Our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom is composed of reporters, editors and data journalists focused on investigative reporting on inequality.

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