Freelancers Find a Friend in Gawker

By Staff

<p>Last month, when Viacom’s contract workers and freelancers learned that their benefits were getting the ax, their cause found an unlikely ally: Perhaps in search of some karmic equilibrium following the revelation of its own questionable labor practices (see <a title=”Sarah Pumroy’s post” href=””>Sarah Pumroy’s post</a> on the site’s new pay-per-page-view system), Gawker <a title=”went to bat for Viacom workers” href=”” target=”_blank”>went to bat for Viacom workers</a> by posting fliers for a Dec. 10 walkout on its website. Gawker–known for its witty, often offensive take on the news–even offered a serious, albeit patently snarky, analysis of the situation, including a look at the <a title=”ins and outs of freelancing” href=”” target=”_blank”>ins and outs of freelancing</a>.</p>
<p>In <a title=”an article for the<I> Nation</I>” href=”” target=”_blank”>an article for the<i> Nation</i>
</a>, Anya Kamenetz discusses Viacom’s reliance on non-union freelancers–who often contribute as much as their salaried counterparts–and the myriad ways the media behemoth maintains its bottom line at their expense. But things may be looking up: A few days after the walkout, Viacom <a title=”announced additional healthcare options” href=”” target=”_blank”>announced additional healthcare options</a> for some workers.</p>
<a href=””>Morgan Winters</a>

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