98% of the New Yorker Union voted in favor of authorizing a strike against Condé Nast

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  • 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.

“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.”

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The Bidens, in a rare gesture, immediately greeted the White House residence staff upon entering the building on Inauguration Day, staffer says

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden wave as they arrive at the North Portico of the White House on January 20, 2021.

  • The Bidens immediately greeted the White House staff upon entering the building on Inauguration Day.
  • “Usually we meet them in the first days or first weeks, but never in the first minutes,” a staffer said.
  • Biden has publicly expressed some reservations about being waited on by residence staff.
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Whenever the presidency changes hands, the White House residence staff undertakes a herculean task on Inauguration Day – transforming the private quarters of the historic building for its newest occupants within the span of a few hours.

For “lifers,” the staff members who have served multiple US Presidents, the traditions and protocols inside the White House have been an enduring facet of their lives for decades.

However, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden upended a traditional interaction with the residence staff on their first day in the White House, according to The New Yorker.

After entering the North Portico of the building, the residence staff was assembled on the grand State Floor to welcome the Bidens.

“The Bidens came in and the first thing they did was make a loop of the State Floor and greet the staff,” a residence staffer said.

The gesture elicited tears from the staffer, who is unnamed due to their current employment at the White House.

“We were all very flattered,” the residence staffer added. “Usually we meet them in the first days or first weeks, but never in the first minutes.”

The Bidens reportedly approached each staffer member and greeted them with well wishes.

In response to a comment, President Biden reportedly expressed to one of the staffers that he and his wife were “glad we’re here, too.”

Due to social distancing measures, employees were spread out throughout the floor.

The residence staffer remarked at the difference between how Biden approached the COVID-19 pandemic and that of Trump, where staffers were all assembled in one room before the former president’s departure.

“It’s like night and day,” the staffer said.

During a town hall in Milwaukee earlier this month, Biden described feeling uncomfortable with being waited on by the White House staff, including a worker who “hands me my suit coat.”

“I was raised in a way that you didn’t look for anybody to wait on you,” he said. “It’s where I find myself extremely self-conscious. There are wonderful people who work at the White House.”

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