In 2011, Arianna Huffington sold sideboob blog Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million, of which she personally pocketed about $21 million. Earlier this year, Huffington left the website she founded to pursue a “health and wellness” startup.
Under Arianna’s leadership, the Huffington Post become one of the internet’s premier destinations for left-wing political coverage and photos of the sides of celebrities’ boobs. The site’s management was also widely criticized for censoring articles and treating its writers like shit by, among other things, not compensating them for their work.
Huffington Post writers decided to unionize in 2015; management recognized the union in January of this year. Then came the collective bargaining talks over wages and whatnot. This week, the website’s corporate management essentially told its employees to go screw themselves.
The employee union announced that, in the latest round of bargaining talks, the Huffington Post management did not offer any across-the-board salary increases, and told union leaders they would not even negotiate on the issues of employee raises.
Huffington Post employees and other journalists are lashing out on Twitter over the “appalling” and “insulting” actions of their corporate overlords, who are in charge of a website that is ostensibly devoted to workers’ rights and social justice and all that stuff:
— Jeffrey Young (@JeffYoung) December 16, 2016
— Amanda Duberman (@AmandaDuberman) December 16, 2016
The (short-staffed) HuffPost staff has worked tirelessly this year. For management to offer 0% raises is fully insulting. #HuffPostUnion
— Emma Gray (@emmaladyrose) December 16, 2016
— Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) December 16, 2016
HuffPost makes money writing about greater equality, equity, and social justice. Yet doesn’t practice the values it sells. #HuffPostUnion
— Janie Velencia (@JanieVelencia) December 16, 2016
HuffPost management offered the union zero, that's right, ZERO across-the-board pay raises annually. It's stunning. #HuffPostUnion
— Laura Barron-Lopez (@lbarronlopez) December 16, 2016
Pay raises would have cost the company a few $100k. Meanwhile, people have 2nd and 3rd jobs to make ends meet & this https://t.co/vsiKbclAwN
— Alissa Scheller (@alissascheller) December 16, 2016
This is a hell of a thing for a media org that crusades on liberal social & economic valueshttps://t.co/Oz0EvWAQIn
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) December 16, 2016
— Mollie Reilly (@MollieReilly) December 16, 2016
Meanwhile, Arianna Huffington is doing just fine in her fancy $8 million pad in Soho. She launched a website called Thrive Global. It looks like something that might pop up on your computer screen after an errant click.
Thrive is currently offering a six-week online course with Arianna Huffington designed to help participants “move from surviving to thriving.” For just $49, students can get health and wellness advice from an impressive array of guest teachers, including former NBA all-star Kobe Bryant.
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