Writers Guild of America, East asks Huffington Post management to recognize union
The newsroom of the Huffington Post is close to becoming the largest digital newsroom to unionize so far. The Writers Guild of America, East has asked management to recognize the union, saying an “overwhelming majority” of the 350 editorial staff members desired to join the union.
“A union is a practical way to both preserve what’s working and advocate for necessary changes,” the union’s statement said. “In just a few months, staff across the country united around key issues including: transparent and equitable compensation, clear job responsibilities, editorial freedom and independence, diversity in the newsroom and consistent management protocols on hiring, firing and discipline.”
By asking for voluntary recognition, the union would avoid having a formal vote conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
“We cherish working here and want to ensure that The Huffington Post continues to set industry-wide standards and stands by its ideals of editorial innovation and sustainable workplace practices,” the statement from staff supporting the union said.
During the past year digital media properties Gawker, Salon, Vice and ThinkProgress became union newsrooms with the Writers Guild of America, East, and newsroom staff at The Guardian, US and Al Jazeera America joined the NewsGuild-CWA. Formal votes were avoided at each media company except for Al Jazeera America which forced a vote.