Gawker staffers have a message for bidders: respect the union contract.
Today editorial employees of Gawker Media, which filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in June, released a statement asking bidders to uphold their union contract with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). This contract was ratified by a vote of 88 to 2 last June.
The statement reads as follows: “In March, after many months of negotiations, Gawker Media’s editorial employees approved our first union contract. This contract, the product of much painstaking work, is the framework under which we have all agreed to work for a period of three years. We have no desire or inclination to work under terms other than our existing union contract. We wish to state as clearly as possible that it would be a profound mistake for any buyer to try to alter or renegotiate the terms of our contract in any way. We know that this message has been communicated to all potential buyers, and we trust that they will take it to heart in order to maintain a happy, productive, and functional workplace. We look forward to building a constructive relationship of mutual respect with the new owners. This can only happen under the terms of our union contract.”
It’s being reported that Ziff Davis chief executive Vivek Shah is interested in acquiring all the sites under Gawker’s umbrella. Meanwhile, The New York Post reported today that Gawker founder Nick Denton may have reached out to the Hulk Hogan team to seek some kind of settlement. Denton not only had to file for bankruptcy for Gawker, but also personally.