The staffers of The Huffington Post have voted to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). The next step? Getting management to formally recognize the newsroom’s unionization.
“HuffPost employees came together to form a union to ensure that we have a voice in the company’s future,” said the organizing committee, in a statement. “A union is a practical way to both preserve what’s working and advocate for necessary changes. In just a few months, staff across the country united around key issues including: transparent and equitable compensation, clear job responsibilities, editorial freedom and independence, diversity in the newsroom and consistent management protocols on hiring, firing and discipline.”
If past statements are any indication, HuffPost management will recognize the movement. In October, when HuffPost staffers announced they would seek unionization, HuffPost president and editor Arianna Huffington said “We fully support our newsroom employees’ right to discuss unionizing and will embrace whatever decision they make on this issue.”