AJAM Digital votes to join union, Al Jazeera says they will ‘respect the decision’
The National Labor Relations Board counted the votes and when it was all over Al Jazeera America’s Digital Department had voted to join the News Guild of New York.
AJAM management had contested the right of nine editors to vote as they were managers. But in the end it didn’t mattered, and despite a report that the Doha-based broadcaster would not recognize the vote, Al Jazeera immediately issued a statement saying they would:
“Our priority was to ensure that every employee of Al Jazeera America’s Digital Department could have a say about union representation and we respect the decision they have reached through this democratic vote,” the broadcaster said. “We look forward to concluding a collective bargaining agreement and will continue to work closely with all of our staff to make working at AJAM a positive experience.”
The vote continues a bit of a trend among websites. Staff members at Gawker Media, Salon, the Guardian US and Vice Media have all voted to unionize, and there is talk that the next to do so may well be the staff at The Huffington Post.
“Our top priority is always the happiness and well-being of our employees,” Arianna Huffington said in a statement last week, CNN reported. “We fully support our newsroom employees’ right to discuss unionizing and will embrace whatever decision they make on this issue.”