Staff of Sports Illustrated, Its Newsroom ‘Gutted,’ is Planning to Unionize

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An issue of Sports Illustrated is displayed on a newsstand. The magazine's staff is planning to unionize. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Ben Strauss on January 6, 2020.

The staff of Sports Illustrated plans to unionize, it told management Monday, saying it wants a greater say in the future of the iconic magazine and raising concerns about the magazine’s direction under its new operator, Maven.

Of the 80 or so staffers eligible for the bargaining unit, more than 90 percent signed a petition supporting the union drive, according to organizers. Their quest to join the NewsGuild of New York comes at a time of turmoil for the magazine, according to staffers, who say Maven’s leadership is jeopardizing SI’s future.

“Decisions made by new management over the last few months have put SI’s reputation and long-term health at risk,” the staffers told management in a letter outlining their concerns. …

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