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.