Fusion closed out this past work week with a positive update concerning the recent efforts of employees to unionize.
— Fusion Media Group (@FusionMedia) October 28, 2016
In an email to employees, president-COO Boris Gartner and president-CCO Daniel Eilemberg indicated that they suggested to the Writers Guild of America East on Wednesday than an electronic vote mechanism be used. From the email:
We believe the Gizmodo Media Group anonymous electronic vote procedure upholds Fusion’s journalistic commitments to diversity and that all voices be heard–majority and minority voices.
This is a diplomatic way of Fusion saying that it believes dissenters are just as valid a voice that of pro-union employees. When Gawker Media conducted a similar electronic vote in June, with the help of eBallot, the final tally was 75% of voting employees in favor and 25% against.
Update (Nov. 11):
Per a statement from the Writers Guild of America East, Fusion employees have voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the WGAE union. Still pending is official the completion of a similar process for Univision sister site The Root.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Fusion Executives Respond to Employee Unionization Effort
Fusion Execs Double Down on Anti-Union Talk