A Curiously Specific, Haunting-Related Media Contract Negotiation

by | May 26, 2022 | Strikes, Tech - Media

Most of the media industry’s union-related news comes straight from their social media accounts. Call it a sign of the times, but a few wild-yet-brief reveals materialized:

  • The Buzzfeed New Union recently declared success after two years of negotiations between the company and NewsGuild of New York. Oddly enough, the union’s first contract not only specified a salary floor, greater benefits, and a diversity agreement, which feels like standard stuff, but here’s a kicker of a demand: “Protections against going into the office if it is haunted (yes, seriously).” Surely, there’s a further story that we’re not hearing yet.
  • TIME magazine employees announced a strike on the day of the publication’s Annual Time 100 issue. The day arrived, and the union declared a 30-day postponement after learning that they had neglected to file a required form three years prior at the start of contract negotiations. The union will regroup for a strike.

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