Bustle Digital Group (BDG) yesterday voluntarily recognized the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) for the purpose of collective bargaining after an overwhelming majority of employees in that unit signed authorization cards.
BDG’s bargaining unit will include approximately 200 editorial, video, design, and social staffers from BDG sites Bustle, Elite Daily, Input, Inverse, Mic, Nylon, Romper, and The Zoe Report. Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, said, “We welcome Bustle Digital Group employees to the Writers Guild of America, East. Like thousands of their colleagues in the industry, they recognize the value and power of collective bargaining. Together, we can ensure that their voices are heard about the vital issues affecting their work and their workplace.”
The BDG Organizing Committee sent a statement to BDG management which said, “We are proud of creating work that is intentionally inclusive, creative, and empowering. Unionizing will allow us to more fully live out these values. Considering the momentous changes that are routine in our industry and the unique challenges of the past year, we feel now is the time to join our industry peers and organize in the hopes of forming a more equitable workplace. We love our work at BDG, and we are organizing to make it even better.”
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