You\’d think that a major-league advocate for unions would be fine with its own people unionizing, wouldn\’t you?
Well, this is mediamatters.org we\’re talking about….so think again.
Here is a statement which has been put on the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) web site by a group of its employees, which tells you what is really going on there (the bold print is mine):
MediaMatters employees often write in defense of organized labor, and ourwork has demonstrated the virtues of organizing through card-checkand the perils of being forced through a protracted NLRB electionprocess. It is fitting, then, that we’ve chosen to unionize andattempt to lead our own lives by the principles we regularly advocatefor in our work.
Theactions of Media Matters executives have placed employees in theimpossible position of continuing to produce content espousingpro-labor values for an employer who is challenging our right tounionize. Not only is management subjecting Media Matters employeesto arduous NLRB procedures, the actions of their attorneys indicateMedia Matters executives object so tenaciously to our union that theyappear willing to prevent employees from ever having the opportunityto vote on the matter.
ManyMedia Matters employees feel betrayed by the unexpected andunexplained path our leadership has taken in response to our effortsto unionize. Our desire to organize should be not a controversial orsurprising turn of events at a progressive organization like MediaMatters for America. We continue to hold out hope that our executiveswill change course in favor of the path the organization has longadvocated.
-MediaMatters Organizing Committee
Do you think someone at mediamatters.org will write a hit piece on, er, itself? Or just settle for posting this statement?
Don\’t count on it happening. But what you can count on is a belly laugh every time David Brock and the other people running this site accuse anyone else of hypocrisy.