Gawker hashes out unionization effort in public

A senior writer from the publication announced Thursday that its editorial staff had met with the Writers Guild of America. He cited several reasons for the move.

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Gawker’s senior writer, Hamilton Nolan, wrote a piece Thursday titled, “Why we’ve decided to organize.” In it, Nolan announced Gawker‘s editorial staff met with representatives from the Writers Guild of America on Wednesday and have decided to try unionizing.

“It would be easier to have this conversation internally,” Nolan wrote. “But Gawker Media is, for better or worse, a company with a rich history of gossip.”

According to Nolan, Gawker‘s editorial staff wants a union so employees have the option to bargain collectively and are assured that salary and raises “are set in a fair, transparent and unbiased way.”

Though salaries are competitive at Gawker and Nolan says things are “relatively well run,” forming a writer’s union would give the publication’s editorial staff a voice in the decision-making process that ultimately affects them.

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