Fusion Staff Unionizes With Writers Guild of America East

Dave McNary
Variety

The editorial staff at Fusion, a digital site owned by Univision’s Fusion Media Group, has voted to join the Writers Guild of America East.

The guild announced on Friday that more than 90% of Fusion’s 70-member bargaining unit voted in favor of unionization. The online vote came one week after the Fusion Union Organizing Committee wrote management, informing them that they were prepared to take action if an election date was not set for a union vote.

“The creative professionals at Fusion’s digital operation have spoken decisively — twice — in favor of collective bargaining,” said Lowell Peterson, the WGA East’s executive director. “We will work closely with these hard-working professionals to ensure that their real needs are addressed in the workplace, and in a collective bargaining agreement.”

Fusion.net is the first digital news site within the Fusion Media Group to unionize. The company recently acquired Gawker Media and assumed its existing WGA East union contract.

The WGA East is also trying to organize Univision’s African-American digital news site, TheRoot.com, and is waiting for the company to voluntarily recognize the union after its entire staff signed union cards.

The WGA East is the collective bargaining representative of digital media outlets the Gizmodo Media Group (formerly known as Gawker Media), VICE, the Huffington Post, Salon and ThinkProgress.

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