Unionization is exhibiting no signal of slowing down in 2021.
The Atlantic is the newest media outlet to have their staffers kind a union, with 80 % of employees writers, copy editors, reality checkers, editors, artwork administrators, engineers and producers on the journal signing playing cards in favor of The Atlantic Union, a part of the NewsGuild of New York. It additionally represents the likes of The New Yorker, Wired, The New York Times and Reuters.
In its mission assertion, the brand new union confused that it has religion within the outlet’s management, however in a time of upheaval within the media trade it desires to make sure that all staffers are justly rewarded for his or her work and free to talk their thoughts on issues of concern.
“For 163 years, The Atlantic has been an indispensable voice, and we want to keep it strong for the next 163 years by ensuring fairness and protection for the staff,” stated employees author David A. Graham. “Our supporters include some of our longest-tenured staffers and newest colleagues, from the entry level to veteran stars. We hope management will recognize us quickly so we can get to work negotiating a fair contract.”
His want got here true in a matter of hours as in contrast to another media firms, together with Hearst Magazines, The Atlantic shortly moved to voluntarily acknowledge the union.
The Atlantic’s editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg made the announcement in a be aware to staffers: “We all love The Atlantic, and we all take seriously our responsibility to be careful stewards of this great institution,” he stated. “I couldn’t agree more with an idea expressed in the statement from union organizers that we just received: The indispensable mission of The Atlantic is to illuminate ‘the complexity of the modern world with clarity and modesty’ and to provide readers ‘with a forum for civil disagreement in an era of acrimony.’”
While 163-year-old publication appeared to vacuum up new subscribers in the course of the pandemic, including round 90,000 between March and May of final yr, it was not sufficient to make up for the drop in promoting and lack of dwell occasions. That resulted within the firm decreasing its headcount by 68 individuals, or 17 % of its employees in May 2020, saying in a memo that it’s a part of a “reset of our business strategy in response to the current economic climate.”
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