Parcast, the podcast production business Spotify obtained last year, is unionizing The Writers Guild of America, East revealed the news today, together with a letter about why Parcast, which specializes in real criminal activity and mystery shows, decided to organize.
The production business states it wishes to see Spotify devote to diversity, equity, and addition, as well as preserve a sensible work and overtime compensation. Parcast is likewise seeking clear task descriptions, equitable pay, transparent income bands, and movement around innovative and IP. From here, Spotify now can either acknowledge the union willingly, which would set it approximately begin agreement settlements, or demand a vote from union members to prove they have assistance. (Disclosure: Vox Media’s editorial team, that includes The Brink, is likewise unionized with WGAE.)
In a comment to The Edge, Spotify stated: “We verify that we have gotten an official notice from the union and strategy to review.”
Happy to announce the formation of our union with the @WGAEast We love making podcasts and are confident that our union will help guarantee a sustainable, fair future in our fast-changing market. pic.twitter.com/sQ0X4XH3Ju
— Parcast Union (@ParcastUnion) September 2, 2020
This means Parcast is now signing up with Gimlet Media and The Ringer, other Spotify-owned business, in their union efforts. Both groups are also organized through WGAE, and both are still in the bargaining stage of their contract settlements, meaning no official contract has actually been agreed upon just.
Both have actually remained in settlements because in 2015, with The Ringer unionizing prior to Spotify’s acquisition and Gimlet doing so only a month after Spotify bought the business. Spotify willingly acknowledged Gimlet and continued union conversations with The Ringer after its acquisition.