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Pineapple Street Podcast Staffers Join Union Organizing Wave

  • Studio staffers are seeking rights to intellectual property
  • The company's podcasts include Missing Richard Simmons
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Staffers at Pineapple Street Studios, the podcast network behind such shows as Missing Richard Simmons and Wind of Change, signed up to join the Writers Guild of America, East, in the latest example of organized labor gaining traction in that fast-growing segment of the media business. 

Over three-quarters of the roughly 40 workers in the proposed bargaining unit signed up to join the union, according to a Writers Guild representative. The positions include producers, editors and engineers. Pineapple is part of  Audacy Inc., a radio-station owner formerly known as Entercom Communications Corp. US labor law allows companies to recognize and negotiate with a union as soon as it has signed up a majority of the employees. If the business doesn’t voluntarily recognize them, workers can ask the government to schedule an election.