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Talking Points Memo Ratifies First Union Contract with WGAE

Published Friday, May 31, 2019
by WGAE News
Talking Points Memo Ratifies First Union Contract with WGAE

(NEW YORK CITY) - Talking Points Memo’s Editorial Staff has unanimously ratified its first Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE).

On May 10, 2018, TPM’s Editorial Staff unanimously signed a letter expressing their intent to join the WGAE and Talking Points Memo Publisher Josh Marshall immediately recognized their Union.  Established in 2000, Talking Points Memo (TPM) was the first Digital-Native News Organization to win the George Polk Award for Journalism.  The site’s 11-Member Bargaining Unit covers a wide-range of politics, policy and national news, and works out of offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.

The three-year agreement includes a minimum starting salary of $52,000, annual Cost-of-Living wage increases of 3% for Employees earning under $75,000, Intellectual Property Rights, Weekend Pay and Reimbursements, 10 weeks of Paid Parental Leave, an iron clad Non-Discrimination Clause, a commitment to diverse hiring practices, cell phone reimbursements, a Successor Clause, Layoff and Severance Packages, Just Cause and Union Security.

“We are happy to have this contract ratified and appreciative of management’s good faith negotiation throughout this process.  We believe this contract will strengthen our workplace and we’re excited to keep producing great journalism,” the TPM Bargaining Committee said.

Writers Guild of America, East Executive Director Lowell Peterson said: “TPM has a history of reporting on Labor Rights and this Collective Bargaining Agreement demonstrates that they are ‘willing to walk-the-walk and address the concerns raised by’ Guild-represented Employees at the bargaining table.  ‘We hope more newsrooms will see the example set by TPM and organize for a more just and equitable workplace.’”

In addition to Talking Points Memo, the WGAE represents Staffs at Digital Shops Vox Media, ThinkProgress, HuffPost, The Intercept, VICE, Salon, Slate, CBSN, Gimlet Media, Refinery29, Thrillist, The Dodo, Onion Incorporated, Fast Company, Future plc, MTV News and Gizmodo Media Group.

The Writers Guild of America, East represents Writers in film, television, news and new media. The Guild also negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its Members, conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to Writers and presents Writers’ views to various bodies of government.

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