Buzzfeed Unionizes

Adrian Campbell
Adrian Campbell

Holy fuck bros, how based is Buzzfeed now? We did it Twitter, we stopped capitalism.
bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-12/buzzfeed-journalists-said-to-vote-to-unionize-in-wake-of-layoffs
BuzzFeed Inc.’s U.S. journalists agreed to unionize, saying they would seek better benefits and fair pay after seeing some colleagues lose their jobs last month.
An overwhelming majority of workers were in favor of the decision to join NewsGuild, the labor union that’s part of the Communications Workers of America, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing details of the decision.
BuzzFeed’s move last month to eliminate 15 percent of its headcount gutted several parts of the newsroom, including the national desk and the health desk. Following the layoffs, employees took to Twitter and Medium to criticize the company for failing to pay all dismissed workers for accrued time off. Eventually BuzzFeed management relented.
“We want to remain spry and competitive, but we reject the argument that we must choose between freelancing in a hellscape gig economy for vampirical platforms or submitting to the whims of a corporation that botches basic HR tasks,” the BuzzFeed News Union said in a statement.
The workers asked for BuzzFeed management to recognize the union.
“We look forward to meeting with the organizers to discuss a way toward voluntarily recognizing their union,” Ben Smith, BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief, said by email.
The cutbacks at BuzzFeed were part of a wave of layoffs at media outlets including Verizon Communications Inc.’s HuffPost division and Gannett Inc.’s newspapers, as publishers continue to struggle to find profitable business models.
The tumult has led journalists at several outlets to opt for collective bargaining. Employees at Mashable, Vice Media and Gizmodo Media Group have all voted to join unions in the last couple of years, and while that hasn’t prevented layoffs, it has in some cases cushioned the blow. Unionized journalists at HuffPost, for example, were reportedly entitled to at least two months of severance pay because of their collective bargaining agreement.
As other digital newsrooms voted to unionize, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti told employees that they didn’t need a union or the often adversarial relationship with management that follows.
“I don’t think a union is right for BuzzFeed,” he told employees in 2015.

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Aaron Lewis
Aaron Lewis

BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti told employees that they didn’t need a union or the often adversarial relationship with management that follows.

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Noah Watson
Noah Watson

But will this stop it from producing dishonest clickbait horseshit?

Justin Price
Justin Price

No probably not but now they'll get dentist benefits.

James Evans
James Evans

Not any more than auto workers, police, prison workers and coal mining unions wish to curb their own industries externalities.

Isaac Nguyen
Isaac Nguyen

Writers' Guild
Y'all folx best get ready for more woke unions y'all #Kamala2020

Asher Nguyen
Asher Nguyen

The onion went more radical than Jacobin, not as if that is particularly difficult, after unionization so it's possible we see a noticeable difference in output.

Carson Nelson
Carson Nelson

considering how most of the layoffs at buzzfeed were targeted towards the people who did actual journalism and not the clickbait stuff the answer is no

Hunter King
Hunter King

So guys we did it.
Actual organization. At last.

Xavier Bell
Xavier Bell

Good for them but I still think buzzfeed's output makes the world a worse place. I want web journalism unionized and providing people a decent living, but I also want it to be journalism and not outrage-mongering clickbait, links to actual content with ads slapped on for monetization, or porky propaganda.

Gavin Jones
Gavin Jones

burgers finally start unionizing
at Buzzfeed

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Jason Hall
Jason Hall

top ten ways to start a strike

Jacob Reyes
Jacob Reyes

All this time we could have been disguising agitprop as clickbait.

Wyatt Reed
Wyatt Reed

externality
Virtue signaling clickbait isn't a byproduct of Buzzfeed, it is their one and only product.

The entire site, everyone who works there, all of their readers, and all of their families should be dumped into a septic sludge digester, where they will be transformed into something capable of socially beneficial work.

Wasn't that bought from its student operators by Shillary Clitton supporters at Univision and transformed into a propaganda rag?

Anthony Harris
Anthony Harris

Will Infowars be next?

Charles Jones
Charles Jones

No, they love getting curbstomped by the rich.

Jordan Morris
Jordan Morris

Yep, the Onion is Democrat-controlled now.

Nathan Ross
Nathan Ross

scabs are lizard people though

Ryan Fisher
Ryan Fisher

buzzfeed are still rich, college educated snobs. fuck them. a union of capitalists are still capitalists.

Adam Taylor
Adam Taylor

worker exploitation is okay when it happens to people i personally dislike
communism is not a value judgement on society. You can't just arbitrarily decide some people don't deserve to be liberated. buzzfeed may be cancer but saying they can't/shouldn't unionize is a terrible fucking message to send

Colton Thompson
Colton Thompson

They're one of, if not thee most influential online news outlet on the internet, especially for young people. They have been dutifully fanning the flames of war with Russia and carrying water for corporate Democrats since they started reporting the news.
Just because they are workers doesn't mean they aren't ridiculously anti worker.

Samuel Nguyen
Samuel Nguyen

I can make value judgements on anything I please because only what is produced in my mind is real. I send terrible messages because I am a self-absorbed asshole. your post comes from a board that calls rural people "petit bourgeois" and then thinks people like this should be liberated from capitalism. what a fucking joke.

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Anthony Myers
Anthony Myers

and do you not think that unionization make help change this outlook

Ryder Murphy
Ryder Murphy

I don't, love to be proven wrong, but to be that slavish of a capitalist attack do is more than just pressure from your boss. A tiger doesn't change its stripes as they say.

Logan Harris
Logan Harris

your post comes from a board that calls rural people "petit bourgeois"
???

Gavin Martinez
Gavin Martinez

yes that's what I meant. I've seen a lot of people say that.

Anthony Ortiz
Anthony Ortiz

OK but you understood my point, same goes with arms manufacturering unions, the point that I was making that like business's ultimate goal in capitalism is profit, so too are the union's own goal is it's own survival even at the expense of its membership.

On an interesting side note, the unions representing workers in the maintenance of the UK's nuclear submarine nuclear missile program Trident were upset and against Jeremy Corbyn's labour leadership candidacy as he was a known anti-nuclear proliferation activist, though he has now cowed and yielded his position due to media pressure unfortunately.

a union of capitalists are still capitalists.

I don't think you understand what capitalism is let alone who capitalists are. Also whilst we're at it "working class" is not a euphemism for poor people. Just look up commodity production and class to get a better understanding, your heart is in the right place so that's a good start.

Easton Clark
Easton Clark

See second half of

Learn what words mean before you use them, if you see something questionable don't be afraid to ask, just like you complain that you've seen people call rural people petite bourgeois, I've seen you confuse "capitalist" as some kind of moralising slur against white collar workers and I've called you out on it, likewise on a slow board like this you ought to have called that person out and I'm sure I would have seen it for myself too had such an ongoing discussion took place.

Jonathan Kelly
Jonathan Kelly

Military contractors theoretically fulfill a useful role even if the massive excess of military spending means nearly all of it IRL is pork, and nuclear subs (though IMHO not bongland's laughable subsidiary of the burgerfat fleet, which was more a face-saving gesture of indulgence toward a declining empire) probably prevented WWIII. Even something completely useless like torturers in an MI5 blacksite rape dungeon at least think they're fighting terrorism or whatever.

Buzzfeed and their ilk, even for true believers in their ludicrous SJW propaganda, must surely be aware that the clickbait format itself is an inarguable drain on public discourse, crowding out legitimate journalism and propping up advertising/surveillance models that bend social media inexorably toward the mercenary destruction of society's psyche. They are the lowest and most cynical breed of subhuman parasites.
Just look up commodity production and class to get a better understanding, your heart is in the right place so that's a good start.
Agreed. In a mutualist market economy, for instance, firms such as Buzzfeed would not be capitalist, but they would still be deserving of brutal, merciless extermination.

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