Employees find executives at Media Matters are pro-union only sometimes
Executives at liberal media organization tries to stymie union organizing efforts
The efforts by executives to prevent employees at Media Matters, the liberal web-based, media watchdog organization, from organizing their own union have caught organizers by surprise. In a letter posted on the Service Employees International Union Local 500 website, organizing committee called out Media Matters management.
Media Matters for America was launched by David Brock, who was first famous as a right-wing attack dog before his liberal conversion and founding of Media Matters in 2004.
Media Matters employees often write in defense of organized labor, and our work has demonstrated the virtues of organizing through card-check and the perils of being forced through a protracted NLRB election process. It is fitting, then, that we’ve chosen to unionize and attempt to lead our own lives by the principles we regularly advocate for in our work.
The actions of Media Matters executives have placed employees in the impossible position of continuing to produce content espousing pro-labor values for an employer who is challenging our right to unionize. Not only is management subjecting Media Matters employees to arduous NLRB procedures, the actions of their attorneys indicate Media Matters executives object so tenaciously to our union that they appear willing to prevent employees from ever having the opportunity to vote on the matter.
Many Media Matters employees feel betrayed by the unexpected and unexplained path our leadership has taken in response to our efforts to unionize. Our desire to organize should be not a controversial or surprising turn of events at a progressive organization like Media Matters for America. We continue to hold out hope that our executives will change course in favor of the path the organization has long advocated.
-Media Matters Organizing Committee