US bloggers want to form labor union


This video from the USA is called Norg UnConference.

“About 40 journalists, news organization representatives, bloggers [including Susie Madrak] and news junkies gathered for NORGS The UNconference. The mission of the day was to envision how news organization will be constituted in the coming years.”

From Associated Press in the USA:

Bloggers consider forming labor union

To help with health insurance, collective bargaining, professional standards

Updated: 7:58 a.m. ET Aug. 6, 2007

CHICAGO – Do bloggers need their own Norma Rae?

In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards.

The effort is an extension of the blogosphere’s growing power and presence, especially within the political realm, and for many, evokes memories of the early labor organization of freelance writers in the early 1980s.

Organizers hope a bloggers’ labor group will not only showcase the growing professionalism of the Web-based writers, but also the importance of their roles in candidates’ campaigns.

“I think people have just gotten to the point where people outside the blogosphere understand the value of what it is that we do on the progressive side,” said Susie Madrak, the author of Suburban Guerilla blog, who is active in the union campaign. “And I think they feel a little more entitled to ask for something now.”

The British political blogosphere: here.

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