Digital Writers Union | VICTORY FOR VICE WRITERS
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The WGAE represents over 320 creative professionals in virtually all of the many aspects of VICE Media: Viceland TV, HBO Nightly News, HBO weekly news, and all of the digital verticals of VICE. The digital editorial employees organized in 2015 and won a collective bargaining agreement.

In the fall of 2017 the employees at VICE News and Viceland TV won union recognition and began contract negotiations. More on that here.


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 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.”


In August 2015, the editorial staff of VICE Media’s digital operations secured union representation with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). The staff sent a letter to Founder and CEO Shane Smith and his executives requesting that the company recognize their decision to unionize, and management agreed without hesitation. The parties intend to begin the process of negotiating a collective bargaining agreement shortly.


In their letter to executives, the employees wrote, “We are proud of the work we do here at VICE. We love being part of a company that is changing media and having an impact on the world. We believe that a union is a logical step for the long-term legacy of the company.”


“The men and women who write, edit, and create content for Vice craft some of the most compelling stories available in the digital realm. They are find innovative ways to reach people, to inform, to entertain and to engage,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East. “The WGAE is excited to work with these creative professionals, who want and deserve a seat at the table.”