Three Unions, One Vision: A Voice at VICE


We know that we are strongest when we stand united. That’s why employees from throughout VICE Media’s various operations and departments are coming together to make VICE a better place to work.


Three different unions are assisting us in our efforts to organize at VICE: the Motion Picture Editors Guild (IATSE Local 700) represents video editors, assistant editors, and other post-production employees; the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) represents producers, associate producers, coordinators, archivists, researchers and already has a contract for Vice’s editorial employees; and Screen Actors Guild –American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) represents correspondents, hosts, narrators, and reporters.


Working together, across platforms, we can win union contracts and a real voice in our workplace.


Why We Are Organizing


We are building a union that embodies our beliefs and stands up for our interests. We want VICE management to fully respect the people who help make VICE the dynamic company that it is. 


Members of the VICE Organizing Committee drafted a mission statement outlining our vision for what we can accomplish through unionization:


  • improved pay and benefits,

  • real commitments to diversity,

  • transparent management standards,

  • clear and sustainable career paths, and

  • editorial freedom and independence.


You can read the Organizing Committee's "Why We Are Organizing" statement for more detail.


The Motion Picture Editors Guild


The Motion Picture Editors Guild is a local chapter (Local 700) of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees. We represent roughly 7,500 artists and craftspeople -- picture editors, assistant editors, colorists, sound designers, Foley artists, re-recording mixers, etc. -- working throughout the post-production process. Our members work in every sector of the motion picture industry: features, television, and new media. Our mission is to improve working conditions and the quality of life of those whose talents and skills bring entertainment from the set to the screen.


Our parent union, the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, represents over 110,000 craftspeople in the United States and Canada. Within the motion picture industry, most of the so-called below-the-line crafts (cinematography, art design, costuming, props, grips, etc.) are represented by IATSE local unions. The IATSE also represents stagehands in legitimate theater and convention center employees, as well as others in the entertainment and exhibition industries.


The Editors Guild is committed to extending the benefits of unionization -- fair pay, excellent health and retirement benefits, and a voice on the job -- to folks working at VICE.