No Joke: The Onion, Clickhole Seek to Unionize

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Editorial and video staff at parody sites the Onion and Clickhole are asking management to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East as their bargaining representative, the union said March 29.

The Onion, which dubs itself “America’s finest news source,” and Clickhole are known for satirical coverage of politics, culture, and the news. Employees at AV Club, a pop culture website that’s also owned by Onion Inc., also asked to join the union. One hundred workers would be a part of the new unit, Jason Gordon, the communications director for the union, told Bloomberg Law.

The sites are joining digital outlets including Vox Media, HuffPost, VICE, the Intercept, ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist, and Salon that recently unionized with the Writers Guild.

“We are dedicated to providing an environment where all our employees can thrive and we respect their right to unionize,” an Onion spokesman told Bloomberg Law in an email. “We have begun having discussions with the WGAE about the path forward and hope to arrive at an arrangement in short order.”