Employees at MSNBC, the 24-hour cable news channel with a slate of prominent liberal anchors, informed the network’s management on Thursday that they planned to form a union representing about 315 workers including producers, bookers, writers, and fact checkers.
The announcement is the latest example of a workers’ rights movement that has swept major media organizations, as print, digital and broadcast journalists seek to unionize amid a precarious outlook for their industry.
Recently, employees at The Atlantic, The Daily News of New York and Insider, as well as tech workers at The New York Times have announced their intent to unionize.
The MSNBC bargaining unit would be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East, which said that a clear majority of the network’s employees had signed a letter seeking voluntary recognition of a union.
The Writers Guild represents many news and entertainment outlets, including ABC News and CBS News, whose involvement dates to the guild’s beginnings in 1954.
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