Members of the NewsGuild of New York, which represents Condé Nast’s The New Yorker, Pitchfork and Ars Technica, marched towards the house of chief content material officer and Vogue world director Anna Wintour Tuesday night time over The New Yorker union’s calls for for a good contract.
The New Yorker Union, which has been negotiating with the writer for its first contract since 2018, represents round 100 editorial staffers on the journal, together with copy editors, assistant editors, editors and net producers, however not employees writers. It has proposed a wage ground of $65,000, however alleged earlier this yr that in latest bargaining negotiations, administration proposed a wage ground of $45,000 — solely $3,000 greater than the bottom present full-time salaries.
According to CNN, Condé Nast tried to discourage union members from protesting by sending a notice to staffers Monday.
“While we respect and support our employees’ rights to organize, doing so while targeting an individual’s private home and publicly sharing its location is not acceptable. Condé Nast is committed to the safety and security of all its employees and we take this situation seriously,” it stated. “At a time when journalists are being personally attacked, harassed, and targeted for their work, to put a colleague in such a position is just irresponsible.”
The New Yorker Union Twitter account wrote: “As we hope the company is aware, it is illegal to threaten employees with adverse consequences for taking part in protected concerted activity. We hope to see you at 6:30 tonight!”
Despite the stormy climate, Tuesday’s picket was attended by about 75 mostly-masked individuals, many carrying pink NewsGuild shirts. Participants chanted refrains corresponding to, “Bosses wear Prada, workers get nada,” “Condé bosses rich and rude, don’t you know prestige ain’t food,” and “Hands up, hands down, New York is a union town.” Amongst the indicators had been “Fair Pay Now,” “Coöperate With The New Yorker Union,” and, succinctly, “Condé Nasty.”
There was no signal of Wintour, though there seemed to be a safety guard stationed outdoors her city dwelling; a New York Police Department officer was additionally current. The protesters marched again up Sullivan Street towards Washington Square Park round 7:45 p.m. chanting, “We’ll be back.”
In January, The New Yorker Union staged a digital walkout after publishing a report that alleged “significant” pay gaps between women and men — and significantly for girls of colour, who earn on common about $7,000 lower than their male counterparts. The report additionally claimed that wage stagnation and lack of alternative have affected many staff on the journal. The median wage for unionized staff was $64,000.
There has been some progress in different areas, although. In October, the 2 sides lastly reached an settlement over a “just cause” clause within the union’s contract following 35 hours of negotiation. Unionized staffers had been negotiating for greater than a yr for a “just cause” measure to be added into their contracts, which implies requirements have to be met previous to a termination. The union claimed that it’s a primary labor customary discovered in lots of contracts that ensures due course of and promotes equity and accountability. At one level, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Elizabeth Warren pulled out of the digital The New Yorker convention in solidarity with staffers.
Photos by Lexie Moreland for WWD
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