Huffington Post contributors go on strike, propose collective bargaining

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    Mar 07, 2011 5:33 PM GMT
    http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/04/huffington-post-contributors-go-on-strike-propose-collective-bargaining/

    Robert Scheer wrote in The Nation on February 23 a defense of Huffington’s system of not paying contributors. “In defense of the use of unpaid bloggers, of which I happen to be one among the many who appear on a regular basis on the Huffington Post, we are not exploited,” wrote Scheer.

    The contributors on strike claim that well-known contributors “who will never need to be concerned about pay scales” should be ashamed of themselves for abetting the current situation.

    Scheer claimed that “for most contributors, the op-ed page was never a serious source of income.”

    Huffington dismissed the strike Thursday at a conference hosted by PaidContent in New York City. “Go ahead, go on strike,” Huffington said, ridiculing “the idea of going on strike when no one really notices.”
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    Mar 07, 2011 6:24 PM GMT
    This is too funny. I particularly liked Arianna's reported statement "No one really notices...Go ahead, go on strike." Will the liberals here continue to click on that site, supporting the anti-worker bent of Huffington?

    In fact, whenever someone posts a link from Huffington Post, the response should include in big bold letters, CLICKING THIS LINK SUPPORTS AN ANTI-WORKER ORGANIZATION.

    Will be interesting to see who picks which side. Kind of like a big family feud having to choose between Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 07, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
    "Visual Art Source members have contributed content to the Huffington Post for free since 2010. Lasarow wrote that “it is unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing.”


    They don't have a case. Arianna makes a deal with AOL and now all of a sudden these "professionals" think it's unethical to receive nothing for contributing content. LOL! The only way they would have had a case is if they had a contract. They didn't!! Now they want to seek employment status when there isn't a hiring in the first place. Like Arianna said, they're on their own. They can stop contributing if they are unsatisfied.
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    Mar 07, 2011 8:16 PM GMT
    ROFLULZ.

    Time to get out the irony board for the HuffPo.
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    Mar 07, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    coolarmydude said"Visual Art Source members have contributed content to the Huffington Post for free since 2010. Lasarow wrote that “it is unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing.”


    They don't have a case. Arianna makes a deal with AOL and now all of a sudden these "professionals" think it's unethical to receive nothing for contributing content. LOL! The only way they would have had a case is if they had a contract. They didn't!! Now they want to seek employment status when there isn't a hiring in the first place. Like Arianna said, they're on their own. They can stop contributing if they are unsatisfied.



    But they're trying to organize a union.

    Surely you support them in their quest?


    They can organize a union all they want. The problem is, they don't have an EMPLOYER! Contributing free content does not create an employee/employer relationship. You can't collectively bargain from nothing!
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    Mar 08, 2011 8:27 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said
    They can organize a union all they want. The problem is, they don't have an EMPLOYER! Contributing free content does not create an employee/employer relationship. You can't collectively bargain from nothing!

    But their contribution is a starting place. If their contribution to the site amounts to very much, they have a starting point... still no employer, but a place to start and to demand as a group that they get paid. There is nothing saying that the H.Post needs to pay them or bargain with them- but if their contributions amount to much it might be in their best interest. I suppose that these people finally realized how much their contributions were worth after she sold it for millions. They finally realized that they have made a site that cost almost nothing to run extraordinarily profitable for one person and don't care to contribute to the bottom line of a major corporation without compensation any longer. Good for them, and I wish them the best.
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    Mar 08, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
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    But their contribution is a starting place. If their contribution to the site amounts to very much, they have a starting point... still no employer, but a place to start and to demand as a group that they get paid. There is nothing saying that the H.Post needs to pay them or bargain with them- but if their contributions amount to much it might be in their best interest. I suppose that these people finally realized how much their contributions were worth after she sold it for millions. They finally realized that they have made a site that cost almost nothing to run extraordinarily profitable for one person and don't care to contribute to the bottom line of a major corporation without compensation any longer. Good for them, and I wish them the best.


    With that logic, any unemployed person can pick a business and demand a wage and threaten a union on them if they don't abide. Wow! It's kind of like a stranger coming up to your car while you're at a stoplight and they clean your windshield and expect to be paid.

    See. This kind of example illustrates how people don't understand the systems between government and business.

    Ever heard of freelance? You get paid for the piece you provide, whether it's a story or a photo. Beyond that exchange, there is nothing binding between the two parties as an employee and employer.
  • Timbales

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    Mar 08, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    when do I start getting paid for posting here?
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    Mar 08, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidwhen do I start getting paid for posting here?


    hahahaaa

    I know it's like an effin fulltime job!
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    Mar 08, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie said
    Timberoo saidwhen do I start getting paid for posting here?


    hahahaaa

    I know it's like an effin fulltime job!

    Only you get more appreciation.

    now shut up and post.
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    Mar 08, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    The Huff Po is like the Daily Beast to me, a complete waste of cyberspace..........I do love Tina Brown though, she's much more fab than Ms Huffington !