Al Jazeera America Digital Journalists Seek Unionization

Everyone wants to unionize.

The summer of unionization continues, with Al Jazeera America Digital’s team voting to be represented by the NewsGuild of New York. A majority of the newsroom signed off on the push, and now they await formal recognition from Al Jazeera America management.

In a mission statement, staffers explained the need for representation. “As we enter our third year in the public eye, a troubling lack of transparency, inconsistent management and lack of clear redress have persisted at AJAM Digital,” wrote the team. “Discrepancies in salaries, responsibilities and the way job performance is evaluated undermine our work and the harmony of our workplace.”

Should AJAM Digital be recognized, it would be the fifth media company with unionized staffers since June. Other newsrooms that have chosen to join a union include Gawker, Salon, Guardian US and Vice.

Publish date: September 3, 2015 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT