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Employees at BuzzFeed News vote to unionize

Employees at BuzzFeed News vote to unionize

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  • Alone, this could appear to be some sort of vengeful retribution. But I would watch for the emergence of a trend. When you have a breakout economy and full

    employment the balance of power shifts. Companies haven’t been doing a good job, in many cases, of treating their employees well. Most organizations

    Alone, this could appear to be some sort of vengeful retribution. But I would watch for the emergence of a trend. When you have a breakout economy and full

    employment the balance of power shifts. Companies haven’t been doing a good job, in many cases, of treating their employees well. Most organizations give it a lot of lip service. Few really do it.

    In the prior period of lackluster economy and limited opportunities employees may have felt they needed to tow the line and not make waves. They couldn’t risk their jobs.

    But now things are different. Instead of employees not being able to find jobs, employers are having trouble finding qualified employees. And treating their existing employees poorly won’t fly much longer. Organization is one effective way for employees to set boundaries on management’s bad behavior.

    There’s a reasonable chance we see more of this. The balance of power swings like a pendulum. You gotta act while it’s on your side.

  • That is like closing the barn door after the horse has run away.

  • Good for them, but I actually worked in a NY News Guild unionized shop at Reuters and honestly in my short time there it wasn't the best for me. They took about 2% of my pay and when I came up for a promotion, union rules made it hard for me to negotiate for the raise that I thought I deserved. On the

    Good for them, but I actually worked in a NY News Guild unionized shop at Reuters and honestly in my short time there it wasn't the best for me. They took about 2% of my pay and when I came up for a promotion, union rules made it hard for me to negotiate for the raise that I thought I deserved. On the other hand, if you have a mass of underpaid employees, a forming a union can be a good way to get everyone a raise at once.

  • If there is one silver lining to the recent mass firings, it is this step in shifting power back to workers.