The editorial staff of Talking Points Memo, the web-based political journalism site, has unionized with the WGA East, with management agreeing to recognize the guild as the collective bargaining representative of its 11-member staff.
It’s the latest in a steady stream of digital news organizations that have signed with the guild, including Huffington Post, Salon, Slate, The Onion, Vice, MTV News, Vox Media, The Dodo, Thrillist, The Intercept, ThinkProgress and the Gizmodo Media Group.
“This morning, TPM editorial staffers in New York and Washington D.C. contacted me to let me know that they’d agreed unanimously to form a union and asked me to voluntarily recognize their decision,” said TPM owner Josh Marshall in a memo to his staff. “I replied that I was happy to do so. Our representative has already reached out to the WGA to make that agreement a reality. TPM is an independent, ambitious, outsider news organization. We have always strived to espouse and embody a belief in creating a society that is more equitable, just, humane and free. I believe this morning’s decision is consistent with those values and that history. I look forward to working together with the TPM Union to build on what we’ve already created together.”
TPM’s union organizing committee said in a statement: “We are thrilled that management agreed so quickly to voluntarily recognize our union. Unions are becoming standard across online publications, particularly progressive ones, and it’s important to us to stand in solidarity with that movement. We’ve also seen the benefits and protections that come with unionizing, and we’re hopeful that forming a union will make TPM an even stronger digital media company. As TPM continues to grow as a publication, we want a seat at the table to help determine the company’s future, and we’re excited to work with management on the next steps in this process.”
Said WGAE executive director Lowell Peterson: “We applaud the progressive management at Talking Points Memo for respecting the decision of the writers and editors to join with the WGA East,
and we look forward to a positive, productive experience at the bargaining table. And we welcome these hard-working journalists to the union and to the movement.”