Just one month after Spotify acquired podcast platform Gimlet Media for a reported $230 million, the corporate’s workers have introduced their intention to unionize.
We’ve heard severe issues occurring after main acquisitions. But this one is a bit unusual — and occurring after Spotify spent almost a quarter billion on Gimlet.
As far as we all know, that is the primary recognized case unionization within the podcasting trade. And an odd flip occasions following Spotify’s high-priced acquisition.
Gimlet’s employees contains greater than 80 folks, together with reporters, editors, hosts, producers and engineers. This is the group behind common podcasts comparable to ‘Reply All,’ and a majority Gimlet’s workers have reportedly signed union playing cards.
They’ve additionally known as on Spotify to acknowledge the Writers Guild as their collective bargaining consultant.
In a press release subsequently issued, the worker group insisted that Spotify’s acquisition Gimlet proves that the corporate is not some fledgling startup. Instead, it’s now half a big company, and since this, they need the protections a union can fer.
Gimlet’s workers are becoming a member of the Writers Guild America, East (WGAE), however the union is not going to cowl sure sorts workers, comparable to managers, salespeople and people concerned with advertising and marketing. They will solely cowl editorial and branded workers.
But wait… isn’t Gimlet half Spotify now?
That was the entire level the $230 million-plus acquisition. But after the deal was closed, Spotify indicated that Gimlet would stay an impartial entity, and the corporate will nonetheless preserve its present fices in Brooklyn, New York.
Spotify additional equated its relationship to Gimlet as being just like the connection Disney at the moment has with each Marvel Comics and Pixar. In essence, Gimlet will function as a studio below Spotify’s parentage.
Still, the introduction a union raises some prickly questions. After all, if Gimlet editors are union, ought to Spotify playlist creators be union, as properly?
As half their ficial assertion, Gimlet’s employees indicated that, by collective bargaining, they’re searching for a contract that fers a quantity situations. These embody outlined wage bands, clear and constant descriptions jobs, the means to pretty defend the mental property rights workers, enter towards vital company choices in addition to clear and equitable insurance policies and procedures.
So far, Spotify has not responded to the information. Also, a spokesperson for Gimlet stated solely that the WGAE had despatched them a proper discover, which they intend to overview.