×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

MTV News Unionizes With Writers Guild of America East

MTV has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America East as the collective bargaining representative of the digital editorial staff at MTV News.

The move comes a week and a half after the WGA East announced that it had the support of MTV News’ digital editorial staff for the purposes of collective bargaining. MTV News Unionizing Committee released a statement at that point explaining their decision to unionize and noted that staffers required legal protection due to the administration of President Donald Trump.

“There has never been a more critically important time in our lives to have the protections of a union, especially for those of us in media,” the committee said on Feb. 3. “And there’s never been a more necessary time for MTV News to talk about music, pop culture, and politics with the teenagers of America. We need to do more than just pay our respects to the past. We need a seat at the table so that we can be the future of MTV News.”

The WGA East has made unionization of New York-based digital media a priority in recent years. In addition to MTV News, guild represents editorial staffs at The Huffington Post, VICE, Gizmodo Media Group, Fusion, The Root, ThinkProgress and Salon.

“Unionizing with the WGAE gives the editorial employees at MTV News a strong voice on the job,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the WGA East. “We look forward to working closely with them to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement that addresses their concerns and helps them build sustainable careers.”

MTV said Tuesday, “We are committed to doing everything we can to cultivate a creative and supportive working environment at MTV News.  Our employees are our top priority, and we welcome constructive discussions with them on this initiative.”

There are approximately 50 members in the MTV unit.

More Digital

  • ‘Bumblebee’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad

    ‘Bumblebee’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Bumblebee.” Ads placed for the sci-fi/action film had an estimated media value of $6.31 million through Sunday for 941 national [...]

  • Kathreen Khavari

    Kathreen Khavari Tapped by Refinery29 for 'Embrace' Comedy Pilot

    Refinery29 will begin production in 2019 on “Embrace,” a pilot from writing duo Kathreen Khavari (“Big Little Lies”) and Chuck Neal. “Embrace” will star Khavari as she comes up with an unconventional solution to prevent her Iranian immigrant parents from having to move back to Iran. Refinery29 bills the show, set in Khavari’s hometown of [...]

  • Outlander Season 4

    Starz Available for $5 a Month for Three Months Through the Holidays

    Starz is having an online holiday sale: The premium cable network is selling three months of its online streaming service for $5 per month, down from the regular price of $8.99 per month. The offer is available to new users who sign up until the end of December. Subscribers also get a 7-day free trial, [...]

  • Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg Strictly

    Listen: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman Go Long on Short-Form Entertainment

    One is a legend in the media business, the other in the tech world. But together Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman are intent on bringing the best of both worlds together for their ambitious new venture: Quibi. On the latest episode of the Variety podcast Strictly Business, the dynamic duo shared their battle plan to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content