The staffers of The Huffington Post are the latest in a string of digital media companies seeking unionization. HuffPost organizers are seeking representation from the Writers Guild of America, East.
What separates HuffPost from the other recently unionized companies—including Gawker, Vice, Al Jazeera America, Salon and Guardian US—is its size. It would be the largest digital-only media company to unionize.
“In 10 years, Arianna Huffington has built The Huffington Post into a digital-media powerhouse,” reads a statement from HuffPost organizers. “The creative freedom we enjoy is one of the things that makes HuffPost a great place to work. 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.”
HuffPost president and editor Arianna Huffington said she’d support staffers’s position. “Our top priority is always the happiness and well-being of our employees,” said Huffington. “We fully support our newsroom employees’ right to discuss unionizing and will embrace whatever decision they make on this issue.”