The editorial staff of Vice Media has voted overwhelmingly to ratify its first WGA East contract. The three-year deal, which was approved by a vote of 73-2, calls for pay raises of at least 14% retroactive to January 1, and 5% pay increases in each of the second and third years.
The agreement — which was reached in principle last week — also includes provisions on severance pay, preserving health benefits, editorial independence, compensatory time, use and reuse of employee-created content and an ongoing process for addressing issues such as diversity, workload, staffing and the intersection between editorial and business.
“This groundbreaking agreement demonstrates the power of collective bargaining agreement,” said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGA East. “It demonstrates what digital media creators can achieve by working together to identify and voice their common concerns, and to back it up by organizing and taking action.”
The digital media company was also happy with the deal, which COO Alyssa Mastromonaco said “continues to propel Vice forward as media’s most innovative and entrepreneurial workplace.”
The new contract is another in a string of recent organizing victories for the guild, which has also unionized the writers at Gawker Media, Salon, Huffington Post, and The Guardian U.S.