HuffPo: Collective Bargaining For Pay Is Awesome, Except At HuffPo!

Obviously, the Huffington Post has always been pro-union, and ever since the showdown in Wisconsin started, the site has taken a consistent position that removing the ability to bargain is just plain wrong. In Wisconsin. At the HuffPo?

A strike called by unpaid Huffington Post contributors received a major boost Wednesday with a call to arms released by the national Newspaper Guild.

The industry association called on contributors not currently on strike to cease contributions and asked members to help by “shining a light on the unprofessional and unethical practices of this company.”

The Newspaper Guild boasts 26,000 members and is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The CWA is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

The strike was called earlier this year by the membership of Visual Art Source, whose 50 members had previously contributed content for free to the site.

“Just as we would ask writers to stand fast and not cross a physical picket line, we ask that they honor this electronic picket line,” wrote the Guild.

“This is about supporting the quality and integrity of a vehicle for progressive expression, to actually help Huffington Post succeed, but on the right terms,” wrote the Guild. “We call on Arianna Huffington to demonstrate her commitment to the working class she so ardently champions in her writing.”

What they want is to be paid for their work. Of course, big old liberal meanie/hypocrite Arianna won’t allow them to bargain.

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3 Responses to “HuffPo: Collective Bargaining For Pay Is Awesome, Except At HuffPo!”

  1. Kevin says:

    I think us commenters should form a union. No comments without pay!

  2. mojo says:

    I don’t think they quite grasp the concept.

    See, you can “strike”, but that doesn’t automatically mean the other side loses.

    In this particular case, they can ignore you fairly easily, since you don’t produce anything they actually need.

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