Huffington Post Staffers Seeking to Unionize With Writers Guild

The Huffington Post editorial staff has announced plans to unionize with the Writers Guild of America East.

“Digital technology is transforming the way people work and the way information is communicated, the way stories are crafted, distributed, and consumed,” said WGA East exec director Lowell Peterson. “Collective bargaining is transforming the way writers, editors and video employees in digital media build their careers. We look forward to working with the editorial employees at Huffington Post, men and women whose skill and dedication are evident in their work and in the strength of their collective voice.”

The WGA East has been active in organizing the digital-media sector and has recently unionized Vice, Gawker Media, ThinkProgress and Salon Media.

The Huffington Post’s organizing committee sent a letter to their colleagues titled “Why We Are Organizing.”

“The creative freedom we enjoy is one of the things that makes HuffPost a great place to work,” the letter opens. “We believe organizing is the best way both to preserve what’s already working and to bring about positive change. Simply, a union will give us a voice in our newsroom’s future. Our colleagues at ThinkProgress, Salon, The Guardian US, Gawker, Vice and Al Jazeera America have all come to the same conclusion.”

The letter also lists some of the reasons for unionizing: compensation and pay, clear job responsibilities, establishing standards for hiring, firing and disciplinary actions, diversity, and editorial freedom and independence.

Arianna Huffington, the president and co-founder of the site, told CNN last week that she would support unionization.

Huffington Post is owned by AOL, which was acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion in May.

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