The editorial staff at Fast Company said it wants to unionize with the Writers Guild of America East after an “overwhelming majority” of its 40-member staff signed union cards and called on management at Mansueto Ventures to voluntarily recognize the union.
The publication’s editorial, social and photo staff were involved in the drive. The parent company also owns Inc. magazine, which was not part of the unionization drive.
The union said that Fast Company editorial staffer are “seeking respectable salary floors for all positions, reasonable cost-of-living adjustments, a clear, consistent system for performance reviews and raises, a strong commitment to diversity in hiring and end to any gender wage gaps that may exist across platforms.”
The company in February named Stephanie Mehta, a former deputy editor of Vanity Fair, to fill the top editorial post that had been vacated by longtime editor Robert Safian several months earlier.
On Wednesday, Anjali Khosla, editor of Fast Company Digital, became the latest high-ranking editorial person to exit.
“I’m heading to the New School as an assistant professor in the journalism and app design program,” she e-mailed. Wednesday was her last day at Fast Company, but she said she had given notice several weeks earlier.
The privately held media company is owned by Joe Mansueto, the billionaire founder of Morningstar, with an estimated personal wealth of $3.2 billion, according to Forbes.
A spokesman for Mansueto Ventures said the company had no comment on the unionization drive at Fast Company.
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