Left-wing journalists went on strike Tuesday after their new union contract negotiations didn’t go the way they wanted, and the previous contract negotiated by Gizmodo Media Group Union expired.
The union, which represents Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker, The Root, Kotaku, and Jalopnik, has listed the demands of the striking workers, which include reportedly “endangering” workers’ healthcare, “lowballing salaries,” “offering inadequate family leave,” “insisting on return to office,” “kicking diversity efforts down the road” and “threatening possible forced relocations.”
On their website, the employees accused the union of having “sidestepped and delayed, refusing to provide written counterproposals to the union’s good-faith proposals” in their negotiations.
Their complaints, which are full of left-wing jargon, are listed as follows:
- Management insists on removing all guarantees that our current healthcare benefits and cost-sharing will continue. Management doesn’t want to codify the widely accepted WPATH standards of care for our trans and gender-expansive colleagues.
- After a year of unprecedented inflation, management proposed raising the minimum salary tier for our lowest paid colleagues—and no one else. Management’s insistence on offering new hires the minimum tier negatively affects our recruitment and talent retention.
- Management’s proposal limits parental leave. GMG Union wants enough time for a birthing parent to heal, or an adoptive or foster parent to acclimate their child to a new home.
- After producing years of journalism from our homes to great success, management refuses to add work-from-home flexibility into the contract…even though return-to-office plans were twice delayed due to COVID variant spikes.
- GMG Union wants a robust diversity hiring initiative with the budget to back it up. Rather than codify this in our contract, management wants to punt further discussions about possible diversity efforts to our Diversity Committee.
- Many of our colleagues were remote workers before COVID-19 changed our lives, and management refuses to codify their remote positions. GMG Union insists on protection from forced relocations to the NYC office.
Social media reacted to the strike:
Wtf I’ve never rooted for management before…
— Bernard McGillicuddy (@whosevelt) March 1, 2022
Oh no, now I won’t get the latest hot takes on how street fighter having sexy women is bad.
— Punished Donut (@BKRY69) March 1, 2022
And nothing of value is lost. In fact, this just means we’ll have less shitty articles for a while.
— Gene Reyva (@genereyva) March 1, 2022
Hoping things don’t improve so they stay gone
— Snoidus (@SnoidusDoingus) March 1, 2022
I for one support this strike and sincerely hope it goes on indefinitely.
— RidingNerdy (@SaltFueledRobot) March 1, 2022
We’re better off with their absence.
— Zee Threepio (@yistaphobic) March 1, 2022
Hopefully they all go out of business.
— Daigotsu Elenti (@ScarletElenti) March 1, 2022
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