Employees told BuzzFeed's chief editor Ben Smith in their intentions, according to New York NewsGuild – the union where BuzzFeed fixes. NewsGuild says that more than 90% of "eligible editorial employees are signed in to the union's efforts."
In a statement Tuesday, Smith said, "We look forward to meeting with the organizers to discuss a way towards expressing their union."
However, it appears that the union effort is to begin before the latest round, in NewsGuild which calls it "long tailor-made trips." Requirements include PTO payouts, reasonable deletion and appropriate process for termination ̵
Albert Samaha, an investigative reporter at BuzzFeed, a press release on Tuesday that he and his colleagues were motivated by more pressing news media industry – a lack of stability highlighted last month when BuzzFeed and other publications suffered a deep and drastic cuts .
"This is a chaotic era in our industry, and we see that our company and our management can only do this to protect us from the wider economic forces that have diminished in the media landscape," said by Samaha.
BuzzFeed joins a number of other digital media stores that have been unionized over the years, but staff can face a rigorous test in gaining recognition from management. Jonah Peretti, co-founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, said he did not think the unions were "right" for the company.
Peretti did not immediately respond to a request for comment.