CONTRACT AT VICE
On April 15, 2016, the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and VICE Media announced a tentative agreement on a first-ever collective bargaining agreement. The contract was later ratified by the VICE editorial staff union.
The agreement includes an economic package worth 29% over three years, protections on the current health insurance offered employees, protections for employees to engage in non-Vice work, a policy providing for compensatory time off when employees work on weekends or other scheduled days off, guaranteed severance pay, and a commitment to meet on a monthly basis to discuss workplace issues.
“We are deeply proud to announce the major gains made in this agreement, and excited to bring a contract to our members for a vote,” said Matt Taylor, crime editor at VICE.com and a leader of the bargaining committee. “Through hard work and solidarity, we reached a deal that includes unprecedented economic changes, as well as provisions that are specific to today’s creative workplaces in the digital space. This agreement acknowledges the vital role that editorial plays in VICE’s success and growth, and we look forward to working together to make sure VICE remains the international media powerhouse it’s become. We also believe this contract demonstrates the enduring value of organized labor in journalism and the broader economy.”