Gawker news site employees vote to unionize

News site Gawker Media employees say they have voted to join the Writers Guild of America, making it the first digital media outlet to organize.

In a Web posting, Gawker Media writers said they voted 75 percent to 25 percent to join the Guild. The Writers Guild said 90 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.

Gawker first said it was planning to unionize in April. The employees said in the post Thursday that the next step will be determining what they want to bargain for and forming a bargaining committee.

While no digital media sites have been unionized, The Associated Press and The New York Times and other newspaper staffers have union representation.

The Writers Guild of America is part of the AFL-CIO, the largest union in the U.S.

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