Following in the stead of a number of pureplay news organizations, a majority of MTV’s staffers are now looking for union representation of their own. Daniel Marans reports that more than 80% of 50 eligible employees have voted for the Writers Guild of America, East to represent them.
While a majority of editorial staffers at Fusion signed union cards earlier this month, their efforts face new resistance from upper level management at the millennial-geared web publisher. According to Fusion staffers, executives have told employees at meetings in New York, Miami, Oakland and Los Angeles over the past two weeks that unionization would alter benefits, impact hiring and firing, hinder communication between writers and editors and cap salaries.
It has been nearly six months since Gabrielle Carteris, the former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress and longtime labor activist, was elected as president of Hollywood’s largest union — and she’s already making her mark.