Ahead of Gawker Media’s bankruptcy auction next week, the company’s editorial staffers are urging the eventual new owners to respect its union contract.
Last summer, Gawker staffers overwhelmingly voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). Now, with an impending sale looming, the company’s staffers have said a good relationship with new owners is only possible under the terms of that contract.
“This contract, the product of much painstaking work, is the framework under which we have all agreed to work for a period of three years,” read the Gawker statement. “We have no desire or inclination to work under terms other than our existing union contract. We wish to state as clearly as possible that it would be a profound mistake for any buyer to try to alter or renegotiate the terms of our contract in any way. We know that this message has been communicated to all potential buyers, and we trust that they will take it to heart in order to maintain a happy, productive, and functional workplace. We look forward to building a constructive relationship of mutual respect with the new owners. This can only happen under the terms of our union contract.”