Thursday, February 22, 2024

Workers Unite: 100 Employees of Gizmodo, Jezebel, Other Unionized Sites Go On Strike


If you read the websites Jezebel, The Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, Jalopnik or Gizmodo the workers there are asking you not to click on them. Or even think about them.

One hundred of the unionized employees at G/O Media have gone on strike as of midnight last night.

In a statement, the GMG Union said, “In 2015, this union broke new ground when it organized the first digital media union. Now, GMG Union will break ground yet again: We are the first digital media shop to go on an open-ended strike for a fair contract.”

You can read all about the Union’s demands here. They’re part of the Writers Guild East, and nothing they’re asking for is unreasonable.

G/O Media is owned by Great Hill Partners, an odious private equity firm from Boston. (Watch “Billions.” you’ll understand everything.) They used to be Gawker Media. with Gawker, Univision bought them, and tried to destroy the whole shebang. (Remember that Isaac Lee? I’m still waiting for a return phone call from him from two years ago at least.) Since becoming G/O they sold off the Gawker site. Then employees started coming and going like crazy. One guy who went to work there last week quit on the same day. Sounds like a fun place!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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