The Ringer’s union tweeted last week that its negotiations around diversity and inclusion had progressed and included measures that will “ensure more underrepresented applicants are considered for posted jobs, establish/fund a diversity committee, and give that committee the opportunity to submit quarterly hiring recommendations.
From here, Spotify now can either recognize the union voluntarily, which would set it up to begin contract negotiations, or request a vote from union members to prove they have support. (Disclosure: Vox Media’s editorial team, which includes The Verge, is also unionized with WGAE.
Both have been in negotiations since last year, with The Ringer unionizing prior to Spotify’s acquisition and Gimlet doing so only a month after Spotify bought the company.
This means Parcast is now joining Gimlet Media and The Ringer, other Spotify-owned companies, in their union efforts.
Spotify voluntarily recognized Gimlet and continued union conversations with The Ringer after its acquisition.
The production company says it wants to see Spotify commit to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as maintain a reasonable workload and overtime compensation.
In a comment to The Verge, Spotify said: “We confirm that we have received a formal notice from the union and plan to review.