Digital newsrooms moving towards unionization

It’s been a big summer for unions and new media. The past few weeks have seen a string of stories about digital media workers organizing — employees at Gawker, Salon, Vice and The Guardian US have all voted to unionize since the beginning of June. This week, BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti told his employees that he doesn’t think unionizing would be good for them or the company. A sign, perhaps, that the urge to organize is still building.

The Canadian Media Guild’s Karen Wirsig wrote about the digital newsroom unionizing trend on the CMG site this week. She says that Canadian digital media workers, too, are at the mercy of the fast-changing priorities of their employers.

If you work for a digital media organization, you can read Wirsig’s post on the Canadian Media Guild’s website for more background as well as information about organizing your workplace.

And freelancers, you can read about the benefits of independent union membership on the CMG Freelance site.


Posted on August 20, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · · Tagged with: , , , ,

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