Digital media company and podcast network, Gimlet Media and The Ringer have announced that they have ratified their first-ever labor contracts with parent company Spotify.
According to The New York Times reports, The contracts establish between the companies (Gimlet Media Spotify and The Ringer) minimum base pay of $57,000 for union members at The Ringer and $73,000 at Gimlet Media, annual pay increases of at least 2 percent, and a minimum of 11 weeks of severance pay.
The agreements include provisions that limit the use of contractors and allow workers to receive titles that reflect their seniority. “bring enormous value to the major platforms for whom they create content,” Lowell Peterson, the guild’s executive director, said the contracts showed that the companies’ writers, producers, and editors.
The deals, which were finalized during bargaining sessions in mid-March, do not include provisions for writers and podcasters to retain the rights to work created while working at the respective companies, which was previously touted as a priority for the unions.
“We began this process with the aim of improving working conditions and compensation at the company, especially for our lowest-paid members,” Ringer Union wrote in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have achieved that goal with this contract.”