December 27 2015
By Stephanie West, LaborPress NY
New York, NY – The Huffington Post’s editorial staff has requested HuffPost management to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East, as its collective bargaining representative. Union recognition is supported by the majority of the over 350 editorial staff at the publication. Union recognition is expected shortly.
Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, said, “The Huffington Post is one of the world’s premier digital media entities, a pioneering enterprise which helped transform the way news and information are shared. The people who write, edit, and create video for Huffington Post are hard-working professionals who recognize that collective bargaining is an essential part of doing meaningful work and building sustainable careers. They join the thousands of WGAE members who care passionately about crafting insightful stories. We anticipate the company will honor the decision by the very large majority of its editorial staff to be represented by the WGAE, and we look forward to a long and productive relationship.”
The Writers Guild of America, East, is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. WGAE represents writers and producers at digital media outlets Gawker, Salon, Vice and ThinkProgress. In October, the WGAE were invited by President Barack Obama to speak at The White House about the historic wave of digital media writers gaining a strong, collective voice in their workplaces.