- The New Yorker Union announced that it authorized a strike against its publisher, Condé Nast.
- The vote was joined by the Pitchfork Union and the Ars Technica Union, two other publications under the Condé Nast umbrella.
- Despite the authorization, a strike has not been announced as of yet.
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The New Yorker Union announced that after three years of bargaining and negotiations with global media company Condé Nast, its membership overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike.
In the Friday announcement, the New Yorker Union said that the vote was joined by the Ars Technica Union, and Pitchfork Union – all three publications are owned by Condé Nast. Altogether, the vote to authorize a strike reportedly received 98% support between the three bargaining units. All three unions are affiliated with the NewsGuild of New York.
Despite the vote, the union said it was not currently striking but now has the option to if negotiations are not taken in “good faith.”
“We are not on strike-yet,” the union tweeted on Friday. “We hope that management will meet us at the table and bargain in good faith. Otherwise, our members are ready to do whatever it takes to secure a fair contract.”
The New Yorker Union also announced a solidarity rally on Saturday morning alongside the NewsGuild of NY to “demand that Condé Nast negotiate in good faith and treats its workers fairly.”
The New Yorker’s union drive gained publicity in early 2021 when former reporters and employees of the company spoke out about what they describe as Condé Nast’s systemic low wages and inclusion issues.
In a statement sent to Insider, a spokesperson from Condé Nast said that the organization has successfully agreed on a number of intra-company issues and is looking to continue the bargaining process with the various unions:
“Over the course of negotiations, The New Yorker, Pitchfork, Ars Technica, and their respective unions have reached agreement on issues ranging from Just Cause to additional paid time off to training and professional development. On wages and economics, management has proposed giving raises to everyone in these bargaining units; increasing minimum salaries for entry-level employees by nearly 20%; and providing guaranteed annual raises for all members, among other enhancements. All of this has been accomplished in just two rounds of bargaining, as we first received the unions’ economic proposals at the end of last year. We look forward to seeing this process through at the bargaining table,” the statement said.
Condé Nast is not the only major US company currently experiencing unionization efforts. Amazon employees in Alabama are actively fighting to create a union despite ongoing efforts from the international shipping giant to quash the unionization drive.
Read more: Amazon workers leading a historic push for unionization in Alabama describe midnight ‘education’ meetings, an unexpected mailbox, and streams of anti-union flyers as they go up against one of the world’s most powerful companies
President Joe Biden announced his support for the union efforts in Alabama and around the country in a video posted to Twitter in late February.
-President Biden (@POTUS) March 1, 2021
“I made it clear when I was running that my administration’s policy would be to support unions organizing and the right to collectively bargain,” Biden said. “I’m keeping that promise.”