In the summer of 2015, the editorial staff of Gawker Media voted to organize with the Writers Guild of America East, becoming the first major digital media newsroom to form a union and setting off a wave of organizing across the industry. The union approved its first contract on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, voting 88-2 in favor of the contract, with 90 out of 99 members of the bargaining unit casting a vote (click here to read it).
The editorial, video, and social media staff at Fusion (now known as Splinter) had already begun to organize when its parent company, Univision, bought Gawker Media in August 2016, shuttering the flagship site, Gawker.com, and maintained the remaining sites under Gizmodo Media Group (GMG).
Two months after the acquisition, Fusion staff announced that they were forming a union; management responded with an anti-union email and a series of anti-union meetings, refusing to recognize the union. Shortly thereafter, editorial staff at The Root, which Univision had acquired in May 2015, signed union cards, unanimously affirming their support for unionizing and demanding voluntary recognition.