Well, here is some unequivocal, very non-ironic good news.
Legendary satirical publication The Onion has signed an official contract with the Writers Guild of America East that covers their 69 (we’re guessing that’s not on purpose) employees.
The two-year contract includes annual pay increases, minimum pay grades, diversity and anti-harassment language, just cause, union security, editorial independence and intellectual property rights. It also puts an end to “permalancers” – long-term freelancers – through a provision that requires the company to offer them full-time jobs if they contract, fellow or apprentice for the company for 12 consecutive months or 18 cumulative months over a two-year period.
Note that any new positions that open up at The Onion will be even more coveted than before.