Gawker Going Union May Not Be Last For Labor In Media

Law360, New York (June 12, 2015, 11:06 AM EDT) -- Gawker Media LLC employees voted on June 3 to become the first major online media company to unionize. In response, Politico's labor reporter, Mike Elk, called for his fellow journalists to organize, prompting some commentators to wonder if these actions represent a renewed interest in unionizing among American workers. While union membership continues to decline in the U.S., the Pew Research Center reports that support for unions is increasing, particularly among citizens aged 18 to 29.

The contemporary media environment is in flux. Digital news is overtaking “legacy” media outlets and consolidations, downsizing, mergers, buyouts and dwindling profits are the norm....

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