Staff at Satire Site ‘The Onion’ Announce Plans to Unionize

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Staffers at the Onion have been trying to unionize for several months with the effort accelerating in recent weeks. PHOTO: AL DRAGO/ZUMA PRESS

Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal by Lukas Alpert on March 29, 2018.

For the folks at The Onion, labor relations are no laughing matter.

Editorial and video staffers at the humor website and its sister sites, Clickhole and A/V Club, have announced that they are unionizing, at a time when controlling shareholder Univision Communications Inc. is exploring extensive cost cuts at its digital properties.

In a statement, employees of the three Chicago-based sites said they are organizing with the Writers Guild of America, East. The collective bargaining unit will represent about 100 people across the three sites.

The organizing effort began in earnest late last year but accelerated in recent weeks as Univision pulled plans for an initial public offering and The Wall Street Journal reported that a business review was under way to cut costs across the company, including significant layoffs. …

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