‘The Ringer’ Management Recognizes Union Representation by WGAe

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Reprinted from Variety by on August 16, 2019.

Management at The Ringer voluntarily recognized the Writers Guild of America East as the union representative of employees at the sports and pop-culture media brand, founded by Bill Simmons.

According to the WGA East, a strong majority of the 90 employees at Bill Simmons Media Group, the publisher of The Ringer — 66 in all — signed union-authorization cards. The recognition by company management comes just days after employees announced their decision on Aug. 12 to unionize with the Guild.

“We welcome the editorial, video, and podcast teams at The Ringer to the Writers Guild of America East,” Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGA East, said in a statement. “Together we will reaffirm that collective bargaining works for creative professionals, and we look forward to building a strong, productive relationship with The Ringer.” …

The WGA East, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, is a labor union representing writers in film, TV, news and new media. It began organizing workers in the digital sector a few years ago, starting in 2015 with the now-defunct Gawker Media. The union now represents workers at companies and publications including Vox Media, Fast Company, Talking Points Memo, ThinkProgress, Verizon Media’s HuffPost, The Intercept, Vice Media, Salon, Slate, CBSN, Refinery29, Group Nine Media’s  Thrillist and The Dodo, and G/O Media (the former Gizmodo Media Group). …

Variety 8/16

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