In another organizing win for the WGA East, The Huffington Post has agreed to recognize the union as the collective bargaining representative of its editorial staff. Over the last year the guild has also organized the digital writing staffs at Vice Media, Gawker Media, Salon and The Guardian US.
“I am delighted to let you know that we have reached an agreement with the Writers Guild of America, East to proceed to voluntary recognition by counting signed union cards,” said Arianna Huffington in an email to her staff. “Assuming a majority, we will recognize the union. We look forward to a great relationship with our union as we work together to take The Huffington Post to new heights across the world.”
A statement released by the Post’s organizing committee said that “The unionization of The Huffington Post’s editorial staff is another example of our newsroom practicing what we preach. Our campaign to win union recognition has united us in many ways. We’ve come together as a community across regions, departments, and positions to work towards a shared vision. The challenges and many steps in this process have brought us together and reaffirmed our commitment to bargaining a strong and fair contract. As we’ve stated from the very beginning, we’re proud to call ourselves HuffPosters, which is why we look forward to continuing to advocate for each other, our workplace, and our profession.”
“The Huffington Post establishes a critical mass of support for collective bargaining in digital media,” said WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson. “This movement empowers the people who write, edit and produce content to build sustainable careers doing work they care about. As digital media continues to transform the way information is shared and stories are told, it is essential that content creators have their concerns about the workplace – and about the work itself – be heard and addressed by management. The WGAE is very pleased to work closely with The Huffington Post’s dedicated and talented editorial staff at this historic moment.”