The Vice editorial staff union, which is represented by the WGA East, will vote on the deal early next week. The deal comes eight months after the guild organized Vice.
The three-year agreement includes a 29% hike in salary minimums during the contract’s term, protections on the current health insurance offered employees, protections for employees to engage in non-Vice work, a policy providing for compensatory time off when employees work on weekends or other scheduled days off, guaranteed severance pay, and a commitment to meet on a monthly basis to discuss workplace issues.
“We are deeply proud to announce the major gains made in this agreement, and excited to bring a contract to our members for a vote,” said Matt Taylor, crime editor at Vice.com and a leader of the bargaining committee. “Through hard work and solidarity, we reached a deal that includes unprecedented economic changes, as well as provisions that are specific to today’s creative workplaces in the digital space.”
“This agreement acknowledges the vital role that editorial plays in Vice’s success and growth, and we look forward to working together to make sure Vice remains the international media powerhouse it’s become. We also believe this contract demonstrates the enduring value of organized labor in journalism and the broader economy.”
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Alyssa Mastromonaco, Vice’s chief operating officer, said in a statement: “This is great news: Both sides have come together and struck a deal that continues to propel Vice forward as media’s most innovative and entrepreneurial workplace. In addition to our existing extensive package of benefits, this agreement is just the latest action Vice has taken to continue to attract the best creative minds in the world, while protecting the creative spirit that defines this company.”
Vice was the third digital-media outlet the WGA East organized last summer, following successful efforts at Gawker Media and Salon Media. On March 1, Gawker staffers became the first digital media outlet to ratify a digital media contract organized by the WGA.
“This agreement is a testament to the commitment of the Vice employees to improve their work lives, and to the hard work of the bargaining committee,” said WGA East Executive Director Lowell Peterson. “Vice is on the forefront of digital media’s transformation into a place where creative professionals can build sustainable careers. Collective bargaining empowers writers, editors and other content creators to make their voices heard. We are very pleased that Vice management listened closely to employees’ concerns and addressed those concerns in a meaningful way.”