MSNBC Says It Won’t Voluntarily Recognize New Union Effort

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Reprinted from The Hill by Thomas Moore on June 17, 2021.

Some 200-plus MSNBC workers are forming a union, but the network, known for its progressive politics, said it won’t recognize the effort until a majority of workers vote in a secret ballot election.

The MSNBC Union made the announcement Thursday that it was organizing to become a local chapter of the Writers Guild of America, East. …

MSNBC President Rashida Jones said in a statement that she respected her employees’ decision to organize, but that MSNBC won’t recognize the union unless employees vote for it in a National Labor Relations Board-supervised secret ballot election. …

The Hill 6/17

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