Labor issues

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As BuzzFeed urges no unions, sharp rebuttal from labor leader

Jonah Peretti, founder of BuzzFeed, cautioned workers against embracing unionization last week. The comments weren't made in a vacuum, given moves by employees at Gawker Media, VICE, Salon and the Guardian to unionize in recent months. He suggested that unions represented a needlessly adversarial force and are more suited to other sorts of workplaces---more blue-collar, more assembly-line oriented---than … Read More
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Salon agrees to recognize union, starts negotiations on contract

Management at San Francisco-based Salon Media has agreed to start talks on a first union contract with its workers, it was disclosed Saturday. "Salon Media has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) as the collective bargaining representative of its editorial staff, whose decision to unionize was unanimous," the union said in a formal statement. Read More
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Guardian US editorial staff move to unionize

The Huffington Post Guardian US announced a move to unionize in an independent ballot conducted by the American Arbitration Association, on Wednesday. The company would be unionizing under the News Media Guild - an operation that represents over 2,000 digital workers at news publications. “This is a big day not only for the writers and staff members at The … Read More
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AFL-CIO chief asks Salon to voluntarily recognize workers’ union

America’s top labor leader is asking Salon to voluntarily recognize the Writers Guild of America, East as bargaining agent for its editorial workers. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote Salon Media Group CEO Cindy Jeffers on Thursday, requesting Salon voluntarily recognizes the union and not force a formal representation election. Most of the staff has signed up with the union, which … Read More
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Philly’s new union deals: What do they mean? A union view

Related: Philly’s labor talks: What do they mean? A management view Workers at Philly.com voted 30-1 late Wednesday to ratify a new two-year contract with management. The contract is similar to a related one bargained by their union, the Newspaper Guild, and ratified by the more than 400 workers at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. They … Read More
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Philly’s labor talks: What do they mean? A management view

Related: Philly’s new union deals: What do they mean? A union view Stan WischnowskiA key figure for management in the just-concluded and ratified new two-year contracts at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com is Stan Wischnowski, who is vice president for news operations at The Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. Bargaining in an age of increasing … Read More
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A union revolution at Gawker isn't quite around the corner

Screengrab from Gawker.comThe June 3 vote by editorial employees at Gawker Media to join a union was greeted with much fanfare. It was, after all, a distinct rarity in the digital media world. Now comes the laborious part. As reiterated by senior writer Hamilton Nolan, a fairly lengthy process typical to the early stages of any prospective unionization … Read More
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