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Thu Jun 4, 2015, 06:43 PM


Gawker votes to unionize, a first in digital media

Gawker Media founder and president Nick Denton now oversees the first unionized digital media company, and bucking the trend of many other company executives, he's just fine with it.

"Congratulations to you on a well-run campaign. And to the Gawker writers for a free discussion in our proudest tradition," Denton tweeted Thursday after the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE), announced Gawker's editorial staff endorsed collective bargaining by a 3-to-1 margin.

Gawker's move to unionize "reflects concern that a lot of people in media have about the quality of jobs," Stephanie Luce, a professor of sociology and labor studies at City University of New York. The publisher of websites including Gawker, Jazebel, Deadspin, Gizmodo and Lifehacker has an editorial staff of 118 people, 107 of whom cast ballots, with 80 voting for and 27 voting against unionizing.


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