Journalists from G/O Media publications together with Gizmodo and Jezebel went on strike on Tuesday and protested in entrance of the corporate’s New York places of work after contract negotiations fell aside.
GMG Union, which represents about 100 employees from Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, Lifehacker and The Root, mentioned on Twitter that it was asking individuals to not learn content material from or contribute to the publications.
The employees are doing an open-ended strike after their contract expired on Monday evening. The 2 sides had been unable to come back to an settlement on quite a lot of points, together with pay raises and well being care advantages.
GMG Union, which is affiliated with the Writers Guild of America, East, mentioned in an announcement that the entire employees it represents had voted in favor of a strike after bargaining with G/O Media since late January. The union is asking for the corporate to keep up its cap on well being care prices, add trans-inclusive well being protection and assure minimal wage will increase.
Lisa Marie Segarra, a member of the GMG Union bargaining committee and an editor at Kotaku, mentioned placing employees had been now locked out of the corporate’s Slack messaging platform and their e-mail accounts.
“The entire cause we’re occurring strike is many people are underpaid, and a strike doesn’t actually assist with that however we’re combating to get the issues we deserve,” Ms. Segarra mentioned.
G/O Media was fashioned in 2019 by Nice Hill Companions, a personal fairness agency, after it purchased a gaggle of internet sites that was once a part of the Gawker Media universe. In an e-mail to the workers on Tuesday that was offered by a G/O Media spokesman, the chief government, Jim Spanfeller, mentioned administration had “bargained in good religion proper up till the deadline final evening.”
“To be clear, the phrases we provided the GMG Union weren’t solely equal to, however in some cases higher than, phrases agreed to by The Onion Union (GMG’s sister union right here at G/O) only one yr in the past,” Mr. Spanfeller mentioned.
The G/O Media spokesman mentioned that the corporate’s compensation was “extraordinarily favorable when in comparison with different digital publishers.” He added that the corporate had proposed well being care protection that was equal to that of nonunion employees.