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Media Matters employees 'feel betrayed' by anti-union actions

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A group of employees for the liberal nonprofit watchdog group Media Matters for America issued a statement late Monday stating that they "feel betrayed" by management's refusal to recognize their bid to join a union.

The group, calling itself the Media Matters Organizing Committee, posted the statement on the website of Service Employees International Union Local 500. The union has been seeking to represent the employees.

The statement did not list the Media Matters employees involved in the effort. Local 500 spokesman Christopher Honey has said that 36 of MMFA's 51 employees back the union.

The statement reads:

Media Matters employees often write in defense of organized labor, and our work has demonstrated the virtues of organizing through card-check and the perils of being forced through a protracted NLRB election process. It is fitting, then, that we’ve chosen to unionize and attempt to lead our own lives by the principles we regularly advocate for in our work.

The actions of Media Matters executives have placed employees in the impossible position of continuing to produce content espousing pro-labor values for an employer who is challenging our right to unionize. Not only is management subjecting Media Matters employees to arduous NLRB procedures, the actions of their attorneys indicate Media Matters executives object so tenaciously to our union that they appear willing to prevent employees from ever having the opportunity to vote on the matter.

Many Media Matters employees feel betrayed by the unexpected and unexplained path our leadership has taken in response to our efforts to unionize. Our desire to organize should be not a controversial or surprising turn of events at a progressive organization like Media Matters for America. We continue to hold out hope that our executives will change course in favor of the path the organization has long advocated.

For more on the bid to organize Media Matters, see the Washington Examiner's earlier reporting.

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Sean Higgins

Senior Writer
The Washington Examiner