Staff Votes to Affiliate With WBNG

In action that will lead to a collective bargaining agreement for about 20 employees at the FP Group, editorial workers at Foreign Policy have voted 16 to 1 in favor of representation by the Washington Baltimore NewsGuild.

“FP will recognize the union and negotiate a labor agreement through the process of good faith collective bargaining,” a company statement said. “We believe that Guild membership will facilitate constructive, amicable, open, and honest conversations that will serve to invigorate the institution.”

Foreign Policy was founded as a quarterly academic journal in 1970. Three decades later it became the six-times-a-year print publication that it is today. In 2008, Foreign Policy magazine and associated web products were bought by the Washington Post Company. In 2012, the FP Group was formed.

When the family-owned Post was sold to founder Jeff Bezos in August 2013, what is now known as Graham Holdings Company retained the FP Group, and the website underwent a compete redesign in late 2013. FP Group now produces five daily and two weekly newsletters.

NewsGuild organizing efforts at the FP Group begin late in 2015.