Employees at the Huffington Post have taken to Twitter to express outrage over management’s refusal to bargain with the HuffPost Union over standard pay raises.
The union issued the following statement to employees on Friday: “In the last bargaining session, HuffPost management offered NO across-the-board raise at all, and indicated it does not intend to bargain over standard pay raises with the union. This is not how collective bargaining works, and it is not something the HuffPost Union is willing to accept.”
Employee Allissa Scheller tweeted, “It’s shameful that a progressive media company refuses to bargain over fair compensation.” The site’s Senior Congressional reporter Michael McAuliff tweeted, “HuffPost is a great place to work. We just finished a great year. So why is the management offering #HuffPostUnion 0% raises? Yes, zero.”
A Huffington Post spokesperson issued the following statement: “The Huffington Post is deeply committed to its employees and to reaching a deal with the union, and we continue to negotiate in good faith with them.”
Senior editor Amanda Duberman wrote, “During a brutal year in news, with a decimated staff, with no editor-in-chief, our newsroom rallied. This is appalling,” while another employee said, “HuffPost makes money writing about greater equality, equity, and social justice. Yet doesn’t practice the values it sells.”
Most employees attached the message from their union to the tweets. Check out what staffers are saying below.
— Nick Wing (@nickpwing) December 16, 2016
— Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) December 16, 2016
— Alissa Scheller (@alissascheller) December 16, 2016
— Amanda Duberman (@AmandaDuberman) December 16, 2016
HuffPost makes money writing about greater equality, equity, and social justice. Yet doesn’t practice the values it sells. #HuffPostUnion
— Janie Velencia (@JanieVelencia) December 16, 2016
The (short-staffed) HuffPost staff has worked tirelessly this year. For management to offer 0% raises is fully insulting. #HuffPostUnion
— Emma Gray (@emmaladyrose) December 16, 2016
HuffPost is a great place to work. It can always get better. #HuffPostUnion
— david moye (@dmoyeweirdnews) December 16, 2016
It’s not only employees that are upset, readers are chiming in on twitter as well.
— Rafael. (@Raf_H_ael) December 16, 2016
Looks like media imploding. Pay your people! #HuffPostUnion
— ⚜️Sweet Soaps Media (@SweetSoaps) December 16, 2016
— David ✊???????????? (@DavidMillerJ) December 16, 2016
BREAKING: #HuffPostUnion to be offering free cry rooms with hugs in lieu of raises.
— modF (@modF) December 16, 2016
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) December 16, 2016
Solidarity with #HuffPostUnion because a company that has a lot of money should share it with those who do hard work of producing it
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) December 16, 2016
More to come…