CNET staff are unionizing, citing editorial independence and use of AI tools

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Months after CNET came under fire for quietly running articles written using artificial intelligence tools, staff at the tech news outlet are forming a union with the Writers Guild of America, East.

“In this time of instability, our diverse content teams need industry-standard job protections, fair compensation, editorial independence and a voice in the decision-making process, especially as automated technology threatens our jobs and reputations,” the union says. “A union will help us adapt to new business strategies while establishing high journalistic standards and practices.”

The bargaining unit will include around 100 staffers ranging from reporters and editors to video production teams. A “solid and dedicated majority” of unit…

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