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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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VICE workers decide they need a union

Gawker Media, Salon, the Guardian and, now, VICE. Editorial employees at VICE Media have signed up with The Writers Guild of America, East, as had Gawker and Salon. Those at the Guardian went with a branch of the Communications Workers of America. The VICE group is a small one of about 80 people. But the move continues a rapid recent … 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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Philly contract deal: company hikes health payments, gets concessions on layoffs and raises

A tentative contract for Philadelphia's major newspapers includes greater healthcare contributions by management but concessions on whether it must heed traditional seniority rules when it comes to layoffs. The deal does not include any raise in basic wages. It was bargained shortly before a Saturday deadline. Details were discussed in several sessions with Newspaper Guild members on Monday. Read More
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Tentative deal in Philly on one of two labor pacts

A tentative deal has been reached on one contract in ongoing newspaper negotiations in Philadelphia. Both sides confirmed Friday that they have essentially completed the smaller of two related contracts. It involves about 50 Newspaper Guild members at Philly.com. The larger of the two contracts involves 400 members at the Inquirer and Daily News. “We are pleased to share … Read More
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