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Writers Guild Launches Unionizing Drive at Gawker Media

Friday, 17 Apr 2015 02:11 PM

The Writers Guild of America East has launched a unionization effort at Gawker Media, which operates news and niche sites Gawker, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, io9, Kotaku, Jalopnik and Jezebel.

Reps of the guild met Thursday with Gawker employees. Gawker was not immediately available for comment.

"The Writers Guild of America East has a long history of representing writers and others in broadcast news, and we have been at the forefront of organizing digital media," said Lowell Peterson, exec director of the WGA East. "We welcome the opportunity to work with the writers at Gawker and its affiliated websites — men and women who are dedicated to crafting stories that elucidate and entertain. Like all professional journalists and storytellers, these writers deserve a voice on the job."

Since 2009, WGA East has focused most of its organizing efforts in nonfiction television. It has collective bargaining agreements with three production companies — Sharp Entertainment, Optomen Prods. and Lion TV — and is negotiating with ITV and Original Media.

The guild was certified by the National Labor Relations Board last month as a collective bargaining representative for freelance producers and associate producers at Jane Street Entertainment.

"The way people write, produce, distribute and consume news and information is changing in fundamental ways," Peterson said. "The WGAE knows the union and its members must be active, alert and creative in responding to (and shaping) this transformation. Gawker has long stood as a leader in digital media thanks to the skills, dedication and foresight of its staff, who have decided to take an active role in building solid, sustainable careers."

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