CBS News Digital Unionizes with WGA East, Demands Voluntary Recognition
Writers and editors at CBS News Digital have announced that they have unionized with the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE). CBS News Digital’s 46-member bargaining unit has called on CBS News management to voluntarily recognize their union, without delay or division. An overwhelming majority of the unit signed union cards and asked management to recognize the union on Monday.
The union covers workers at CBS News digital platforms including CBSNews.com, its mobile website, social media channels and the CBS News app. The Guild’s Broadcast/Cable/Streaming News sector recently won a first collective bargaining agreement at MSNBC and a second contract at CBS News Streaming.
Kathy McGee, WGAE Vice President of Broadcast/Cable/Streaming News and a writer/producer at CBS News New York, said, “The WGAE already represents workers at CBS News and CBS News Streaming, and it is incumbent on CBS’s management to recognize CBS News Digital’s demand for voluntary recognition of their union. We are seeing unprecedented mergers, consolidation and layoffs in the news industry. Journalists are telling stories and lifting voices in communities that are often ignored. The most responsible thing media workers can do is to form a union to win critical workplace protection.” Read more here!