OAKLAND, CA – Today, employees at the progressive news site Daily Kos announced the creation of the Daily Kos Guild. The union will join the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521, an affiliate local of the NewsGuild-Communication Workers of America.
As the nation’s largest online progressive media and activism hub, which reaches over 18 million readers per month, Daily Kos is widely viewed as a leading organization in the progressive space. In recent years, it has grown to over eighty staff across the country who are working to fight for progressive values and elect better Democrats, and helping propel Daily Kos into the new era of digital political news.
While media workers continue to be subject to vicious attacks and threats, and the very ideals of truth have come under attack, the work that Daily Kos does has become even more important — and even more precarious. As a result, it has never been more important to ensure that the priorities of Daily Kos are driven, at every level, by input from its employees.
“Daily Kos, as a progressive organization, touts the ideals of labor rights and worker power, and we strongly agree. But we believe these values can and should be better reflected and infused into every part of the work we do. During these difficult times, and as we look towards the future, we must ensure that our work remains sustainable and puts workers first,” said Daily Kos Guild member Ntebo Mokuena.
The Daily Kos Guild asked the organization’s management to voluntarily recognize our union and the NewsGuild as our representative in order to work together to achieve our shared goals. Last Friday, Daily Kos management committed to voluntary recognition, providing a pathway to collaborative labor relations.
“We strongly believe in collective action, which will ensure that our voices are heard — and that the very work we pour our hearts and souls into can be done in a space that is, first and foremost, worker-driven,” said Catherine Daligga, another Daily Kos Guild member. “We are extremely proud to join together in this effort, and we look forward to working with the management team.”