Young working people organizing on the job will be a hot topic at the first ever, White House Summit on Worker Voice. To shed some light on the latest in a series of digital worker wins, I had a one on one with Alice Ollstein of Think Progress. Alice is a political reporter at Think Progress and has been writing for newspapers since her tween-years. She has always wanted to be a journalist, but today she sits on the other side, sharing her story on why she is a “union yes.”
Editorial staff at Salon.com, the progressive digital media news company, voted unanimously to unionize, and Salon's management has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), as the collective bargaining representative for those staffers. Workers voted to unionize last month, and negotiations for the first collective bargaining agreement for Salon's editorial staff is expected to begin promptly, according to WGAE.
On Wednesday June 3, 120 editorial staffers at Gawker Media will vote on whether or not to unionize. Gawker was one of the websites that helped modernize digital journalism, and the vote is an important step in modernizing labor relations at digital employers. The Gawker vote will be the first such vote at a digital-only news outlet.
A majority of writer-producers at the New York-based nonfiction (reality) TV production company Original Media voted overwhelmingly to join the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board. The vote was 42 to 9.
It's been more than three years since producers and associate producers who write reality TV shows for the British-owned mega-corporation ITV Studios voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), but no progress has been made on contract negotiations that would offer health care and other basic benefits to freelance producers.
ITV Studios, the company that produces Cesar Millan’s new show "Cesar 911" for Nat Geo Wild, this week reported that in 2013 they posted a 27% increase in profits. ITV Studios says it expects to continue raking in more profits in 2014.
Nurses at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus in San Francisco officially had their voices heard—and recognized—when the National Labor Relations Board certified their December vote to join California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU).
Peacock Productions workers are heading to NBC's headquarters, "30 Rock," this week to deliver petitions to MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O'Donnell, asking them to meet with the workers and stand with the workers who are seeking union representation on the job.