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Gawker Media becomes first online-only media outlet to unionize

Gawker Media has become the first digital only news site to unionize. On June 3, 2015, approximately three quarters of eligible voting staff members voted in favor of joining the Writers Guild of America. Employees say that there are no specific concerns or grievances that led them to opt for unionization.They simply want to protect the jobs they already love.


With the decline in print newspapers and lower unionization among young people in the United States, this decision from Gawkers employees, who skew young, is a promising beacon for the US labor movement.

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