Union agreement at Gimlet, The Ringer
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The writers and producers at Spotify’s Gimlet Media and Spotify’s The Ringer, two of the first podcast production companies to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), both ratified their first collective bargaining agreements. The agreements mean, among other things, increases for salary minimums and a limit to the use of contractors; and should set a template for others.
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