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Surprise, Surprise: Union Members Earn More Money

Hat tip to Gawker's Hamilton Nolan (also a new member of the Writers Guild of America, East), for lifting up the latest research that shows union members earn more money than their nonunion counterparts.

A Q-and-A with Hamilton Nolan on Gawker Media’s union vote

3 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Organized labor scored a notable win last week as editorial staffers at Gawker Media voted to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East. Could this be a potentially influential inroad by organized labor into the world of digital...Show More Summary

Collective Bargaining in the Digital Workplace

The digital workplace can be organized. The editorial staff at Gawker Media has voted overwhelmingly to join with the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO, to bargain collectively with their employer. We will begin contract negotiations...Show More Summary

Gawker’s Idealism Is Exactly What the Labor Movement Needs

One hundred employees of Gawker, the online media site, have voted by a 3-1 margin to unionize. The Writers Guild of America will represent them. Nick Denton, Gawker’s owner, is apparently confused or at least bemused about

Gawker website employees vote to unionize

Gossip and news site Gawker Media employees say they have voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East, making it the first digital media outlet to organize.

Gawker Media becomes first digital media outlet to unionize. Is BuzzFeed next?

The labor movement has a new and unlikely champion: the staff at Gawker Media, which voted Wednesday night by a margin of 3-1 to unionize under the Writers Guild of America, East. The... To view the full story, click the title link.

How a union could change Gawker’s company culture

Liz: Employees at Gawker Media voted overwhelmingly to join the Writers Guild of America, East. It makes this the first digital-only news outlet to formally organize its workforce. What's your sense of how a union might change the culture there? And what should employees expect? Jill: I think this is going to be fascinating to watch. There’s been some tension...

Disgruntled former Gawker exec: Nick Denton is a coward, here are the company’s financials

3 weeks agoTechnology : Pando Daily

Editorial staff at Gawker Media have voted overwhelmingly to unionize through the Writers Guild of America. That’s very interesting. More interesting is this comment, apparently posted by fired editorial director Joel Johnson. In it,...Show More Summary

Gawker to Unionize

Employees of Gawker Media announced on Thursday that they will unionize and join the Writers Guild of America, East. If the effort goes forward, the company will become the first all-digital media shop to unionize, a move some say may...Show More Summary

Electionpalooza

Yesterday we had interns at the American Federation of Teachers forming a union. Today we have the bloggers at Gawker Media joining the Writers Guild of America by a vote of 80-27. But that’s not all. After an attempt for a court injunction failed, a new election for officers of the Hawaii State Teachers Association […]

Gawker Media Votes To Unionize

3 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Yesterday, more than 100 Gawker Media editorial employees voted on the question of whether to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East for the purpose of collective bargaining—that is, whether we want to form a union. The results are in. Read more...

Gawker to Unionize

In an expected move, Gawker Media staffers have voted to join a union. The votes were overwhelmingly in favor, with 80 for and only 27 against. Gawker’s staff will now be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East. “The next steps: determining what we want to bargain for; forming a bargaining committee; and negotiating a contract,” read a post by Gawker staff.

Gawker Staffers to Vote on Joining Writers Guild of America, East

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.

Oscar-Winning Producer Rips WGA Over Inclusion On ‘Unfair Business Practices’ List

Accusations are flying in a nasty showdown between the Writers Guild of America and Oscar-winning producer Nicolas Chartier, who the guild has accused of engaging in "employment practices detrimental to writers." Chartier, who in 2010 won a Best Picture Oscar for The Hurt Locker, fired back. Show More Summary

What All Writers (And Human Beings) Should Keep In Mind

It's that time of the year again, when a super-packed schedule of French film premieres reigns at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, where sold-out crowds of cinemaphiles, Francophones and Frenchies delight in macarons, pissaladière and good champagne (on opening night, anyway!). Show More Summary

Gawker is making unionizing look easy

Thursday afternoon, Gawker readers were presented with some startling news: The popular Web site's mostly 20-something staff is planning to join the Writers Guild of America. The post, entitled "Why we've decided to organize," came after a meeting of about 30 writers that convinced de facto leader Hamilton Nolan there was no way the decision could […]

Employees At Gawker Announce Effort To Unionize

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Employees at gossip site Gawker are trying to unionize, the site’s Hamilton Nolan announced in a post Thursday. A "large group" of editorial staffers met with union organizers at the Writers Guild of America East on Wednesday, NolanShow More Summary

It’s Movie Time! This Year Marks the 50th Anniversary of An Astonishingly First-Rate Screenplay. And Even Though the Resulting Movie Won the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year, No One Else Will Be Writing About This Until 2020. Why We are Jumping the Gun

This movie is on the American Film Institute’s 100 Best Movies Ever Made and on the Writers Guild of America’s List of 101 Best Ever Screenplays. Please click here to get the fun, insightful behind-the-scenes story of this classic movie...

Writers Guild of America Finds TV Writer Diversity Still Sucks, Especially in Late Night

4 months agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

After last week's news that TV and film audiences want diversity despite slow progress in making that happen, the findings of the Writers Guild of America are pretty hard to swallow: diversity among TV writers is incredibly low, and late night shows have the worst numbers.

Women and minorities' share of TV writing jobs lower, guild says

The 2013-14 TV season showed no progress in the hiring of female and minority writers, according to the Writers Guild of America, West. 

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