The editorial staff at new media startup Vice have agreed to form a union. The workers in a letter to CEO Shane Smith, said they are incredibly proud of the work they have created, and that they believe “a union is a logical step for the long-term legacy of the company.”
Staffers and executives will now meet to discuss the formation of a collective bargaining agreement.
The unionization will only extend to Vice’s editorial staff.
“I’m so proud of all my perfect diamonds here at Vice,” Smith said in a statement. “I am proud to support all of you — and as an old grey-haired man all I want is for my beautiful Vice family to be happy — those writers who voted to unionize and those who did not. I love you all, and together we will conquer the world.”
Vice Media’ staff will be represented by The Writers Guild of America.
Vice follows a growing trend in new media in which major startups have unionized. The company joins the Guardian US, Gawker Media and Salon Media Group. Gawker and Salon also received help from the Writer’s Guild of America, East.