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Young media workers make headlines with game-changing union vote

In the past, some journalists and media workers have struggled with the idea of being in a union, fearing that even with the gains – better pay, pensions, health and dental benefits, sick-day and special leave allowances, transparent hiring and access to promotions, job security, work prospects and an overall increase  in fairness – some may believe that their ability to work objectively is impacted.

Today’s young media workers – among the most educated – face major challenges with precarious and part-time work, long hours, low pay and diminished hope of advancement forming a big part of their working lives.

At digital phenomenon Gawker, workers have made headlines and created waves among young media workers by publicly campaigning for and joining a union, calling it the natural next step for a solid media organization.

Here is an illuminating Q&A from Poynter with Gawker’s senior writer Hamilton Nolan:



Carmel Smyth
National President, CMG

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