Vox Union Agreement

Vox Media employees, which include Curbed, Eater, Polygon, Recode, SB Nation, The Verge and Vox.com, ratified their first collective agreement with more than 90% support. The agreement is far-reaching and includes paid leave, increases, a minimum starting wage of $56,000 for employees exempt from overtime, and joint compensation for content derived from employees` work. The development at Vox Media comes on the same day that Fast Company ratified its own contract with the WGAE. As part of their agreement, the employees set a $50,000 minimum wage, a 401(k) match, regular bonuses and a number of other new workplace policies. The three-year deal includes many firsts for a non-fiction television deal, including recognition of showrunners in the unit — reflecting how showrunners are ranked on script television. The agreement also provides that Showrunner`s feedback will be taken into account when renewing a show or during production, especially in terms of staff and schedule. The terms of the new interim contract were retained by the union, which said it would release details as soon as members were informed. Vox Media Union continues to share trading updates and news on Twitter: @vox_union. ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a union that represents writers in film, television, news and new media. The guild negotiates and manages contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; organizes programmes, seminars and events on topics of interest to writers; and presents the views of writers before different organs of government.

For more information about the Writers Guild of America, East, please see wgaeast.org. NEW YORK, NY (January 29, 2020) – The writers-producers of Vox Entertainment, the specialty book production company associated with Vox Media, Inc., have ratified their first collective agreement with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). Washington-based Vox Media owns SBNation, The Verge and Vox. It`s one of many digital news companies where employees have unionized since 2015, most of them in agreement with the Writers Guild. WGAE executive director Lowell Peterson said in a statement that the negotiations had resulted in „an industry collective agreement“ offering guarantees on workforce diversity, job security and pay rates. Jim Bankoff, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of Vox Media, said he was „excited“ about the preliminary deal and looked forward to „building the best modern media company“ with employees. Through the organization, we want to protect the agile culture and inclusive, forward-looking values that make this company great, and ensure that all concerns and challenges can be addressed by one collective voice. A capable team is an ambitious team and the greater transparency and cooperation offered by a union will allow us to thrive and take risks in an ever-changing industry.