Hearst Magazines’ Digital, Print Staffs Vote To Unionize (mediapost.com)

Staffers at Hearst Magazines digital and print properties voted overwhelmingly yesterday to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE).

The election, which happened by mail ballot, follows Hearst management’s refusal to voluntarily recognize its staff’s efforts to unionize in November of last year. Management attempted to delay the election and divide bargaining units into six groups through a legal battle at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Roughly 500 Hearst employees make up the new bargaining unit and work across editorial, video, design, photo and social. The unionized staff seeks to address issues that include diversity, transparency, compensation and editorial standards through its contract.

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