Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on March 16, 2017.
Slate has become the latest in a long line of digital media outlets whose editorial staffs have voted to unionize with the WGA East. The union said today that more than 90% of Slate’s editorial staff have signed cards declaring that they want the guild to represent them in contract talks. Slate joins The Huffington Post, Vice Media, Gawker Media, Salon, ThinkProgress, The Root and Fusion, whose staffs have voted to be represented by the guild.
“Slate’s editorial staff joins a labor movement that has proven to be the most effective way for creative professionals to have a seat at the table and build sustainable careers in the billion-dollar digital media industry,” said WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson. “We call on Slate’s management to voluntary recognize their employees’ decision to seek workplace protections and benefits that can only be ensured by a collective bargaining agreement.”
The Slate Unionizing Committee issued the following statement:
Slate’s editorial staff has decided to unionize with Writers Guild of America East. We are delighted to announce this development, and given that 90 percent of eligible staff have signed cards affirming their commitment to the union after considerable discussion, we are confident this is the right step forward for us. We’re proud to work for Slate, and we feel that unionizing will help us ensure that it is the best possible place to work. We’re particularly excited about unionizing as a way for us to put our progressive values into action. We call upon Slate’s management, as well as the Graham Holdings Company, to voluntarily recognize the Guild as our collective-bargaining representative. …