June 4, 2015 Last Updated 9:41 am

Gawker staff votes to unionize

We are unionized. It’s not a phrase you hear very often anymore, but that is what the Gawker staff posted online this morning.

On Wednesday, the staff voted in a rather unusual way, bypassing the National Labor Relations Board with the full blessing of Gawker Media CEO Nick Denton.

The vote wasn’t close: 80 votes YES, 27 votes NO.

“The next steps: determining what we want to bargain for; forming a bargaining committee; and negotiating a contract,” the Gawker staff wrote.

One might think that the vote of a small staff of journalists at Gawker would not be a big deal, but anti-union forces saw it as nearly the end of the world.

Watchdog.org, an organ of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, a free market organization, said a vote to unionize would mean the staff would have to start paying a portion of Writers Guild of America, East CEO Lowell Peterson’s $300,000 salary. Apparently, large salaries are a no-no in the world of free enterprise, who knew?

Anyway, my guess is that the sun will come up tomorrow.

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