The Medium Employees Union is pausing organizing efforts after it didn’t win a easy majority of help in a web-based vote final Friday.
“This election didn’t have the end result we hoped for, however we’re not going wherever,” the union said in a statement. “The vote was by no means to resolve whether or not our union exists, however whether or not administration would acknowledge us as a bargaining unit.”
The ultimate tally was 75 sure votes, 68 votes for no, and 7 abstentions, placing the organizers simply one vote short of the beforehand agreed threshold of 76 sure votes. Notably, organizers imagine these identical votes would permit them to win recognition in a Nationwide Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election on account of abstention guidelines, which might give them 52 % of the full votes forged. Nonetheless, the union is abiding by its earlier settlement with administration and counting the tally as a loss.
The union can maintain one other third-party election at any time, though it says it’s pausing organizing efforts for the second. It has additionally made it clear that it doesn’t plan to maneuver ahead with an NLRB election within the rapid future.
“Medium’s CEO Ev Williams has stated management will proceed to talk with employees on to hearken to their considerations, regardless of the election’s final result,” the union stated. They famous Williams additionally promised to not retaliate in opposition to organizers.
In a press release emailed to The Verge, a Medium spokesperson stated: “We’ll respect our workers’ collective choice and the election’s final result. We may also proceed to hearken to and converse with workers immediately so we will shortly deal with considerations, proceed to adapt, and collectively, construct a profitable firm.”
The Medium Employees Union declined to remark additional on the election final result.