Gimlet Media, the Brooklyn-based podcast company acquired by Spotify for $ 230 million in February, is unionizing its employees. Gimlet will become the first company in the podcast industry to form a union, working with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). The move was supported by 75 percent of Gimlet’s 83-person staff.
According to a statement from Gimlet’s organizing committee, the union will include podcast producers, engineers, hosts, editors and journalists from Gimlet. Employees call for a voluntary negotiation process with management, hoping to secure a contract that reflects “consistent and transparent job descriptions and salary scales,” “clear and fair policies regarding the employment of sub -contractors â,â employee contribution to business decision-making âand more.
âWe are working hard to create some of the best audios in the world. Our editorial and branding teams have won numerous awards, our shows have been shortlisted for TV and film, we’ve helped the company diversify into vocal skills and advertising, and our listeners number in the millions. We love our work and are deeply invested in the success of Gimlet, âsaid the Gimlet organizing committee.
Gimlet Media, which was founded in 2014, currently produces popular podcasts including Reply to all, City of crime, The cup, Back home, and All the small things. The company downloads an average of over 12 million podcasts per month.
As the $ 230 million acquisition of Gimlet by Spotify makes clear, Gimlet is no longer the rambling little deal memorably documented in the first season of Start. Our union is an expression of passion for what we do and a proactive effort to work with management to shape the future of the company. It is important for us to consolidate the elements that make Gimlet a great place to work and to address any issues that may arise, âsaid the Gimlet organizing committee.
âPodcasting is one of the most exciting new media platforms for storytelling and Gimlet is at the forefront of creating compelling content,â said Lowell Peterson, executive director of WGA East. “We welcome people in this field to our guild, where we will work to ensure they have rights and protections like those obtained by other content creators working in film, television, news and entertainment. new media. “