MTV News Staff Announces Plan To Unionize
Staffers of MTV News are joining the ranks of Vice, Huffington Post, and more as recent digital news properties to unionize.This article originally appeared on Huffington Post
The majority of digital staff of MTV News has opted to unionize, leaders of the organizing drive said Friday, joining a growing roster of digital publications that have unionized in the past two years.
“There has never been a more critically important time in our lives to have the protections of a union, especially for those of us in media,” the MTV News union organizing committee said in a statement announcing majority support.
The statement was also an homage to the MTV brand, waxing nostalgic about childhoods spent watching “The Real World” and “Total Request Live.”
“There’s never been a more necessary time for MTV News to talk about music, pop culture, and politics with the teenagers of America,” the statement said.
More than 80 percent of MTV News’ approximately 50 eligible writers, reporters, producers and social media professionals signed cards electing the Writers Guild of America, East, as their representative in collective bargaining, according to culture writer Teo Bugbee, a member of the organizing committee.
MTV and its parent company, Viacom, will now decide whether to recognize the union voluntarily and begin collective bargaining talks, or demand a secret-ballot union election. Companies that request an election sometimes take advantage of the delay to hold closed-door meetings with staff trying to dissuade them from joining.
Cover photo courtesy of MTV News Union Organizing Committee