A number of reporters at G/O Media on Tuesday reported being unable to entry both their bodily workplace or digital platforms because the union that represents them, GMG Union, went on strike over contract negotiations. The union representing greater than 100 staff at Gizmodo, Jezebel, The Root, and Kotaku, amongst different G/O publications, went on strike after union leaders and administration have been unable to conform to new contract phrases, The New York Occasions reported. Among the contract phrases sought by the union embrace minimal wage will increase and a cap on well being prices. “The entire motive we’re happening strike is many people are underpaid, and a strike doesn’t actually assist with that however we’re preventing to get the issues we deserve,” Lisa Marie Segarra, a Kotaku editor and member of the GMG Union bargaining committee, advised the Occasions. The union urged readers to not go to their websites, and a few staffers walked out alongside Sixth Avenue in New York. A number of G/O staffers within the union confirmed to The Day by day Beast they have been finally locked out of their workplace, e-mail, and Slack accounts round 11 a.m., solely after they acquired a memo from G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller blasting their efforts. The GMG Union refused to the phrases its sister union, The Onion Union, accepted final 12 months, and so, Spanfeller wrote based on Selection: “Sadly, that places G/O Media in an untenable place with regard to those present negotiations.”
—Justin Baragona contributed to this report.