BuzzFeed staff members across the country left the job this afternoon, the latest escalation in a month for months to get CEO Jonah Peretti to recognize the union of its employees in newsrooms, represented by the NewsGuild.
Employees left the company's offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC. Scabby, the pro-union inflatable icon, is attached to the union members:
In a posted tweet According to the BuzzFeed union account, members said that over the last four months, management has "delayed, restored our position, refused to compromise on key issues, and systematically took positions that would seriously jeopardize our union's ability to protect workers. "
"As a person at BuzzFeed for over six years, I am deeply committed to the company and its future. That's why I've invested so much in organizing in newsrooms, "said Rachel Sanders, Culture Culture Editor at BuzzFeed News. declaration of the union. "I would like the management of BuzzFeed to see an opportunity to show that it respects and values its employees, rather than reacting out of fear, and I hope that they will come back to the table so that we can have a real conversation. "
Peretti, whose history of peddling anti-union bullshit was earlier, but certainly did not decline, during organizing efforts, urged members of the unit to accept a management offer in a note. concerning the direct departure of the staff.
In the message, Peretti said management had made an offer of voluntary recognition to the union several weeks earlier. But, added Peretti, "News staff refused to accept [the offer]and seek instead to impose additional requirements that threaten our progress in voluntary recognition. "
In his declarationBuzzFeed Union noted that Peretti had submitted a recognition agreement, but that it was described as an "unacceptable take or leave" agreement, designed to undermine the ongoing negotiations.
"We will not be intimidated by the attempts to undermine us," the union wrote on Twitter.