Condé Nast has agreed to its first contract with unionized workers on the New Yorker and two different publications, marking the media firm’s first labor settlement in its historical past and averting a threatened strike after 2½ years of negotiations.
The three-year deal, which additionally covers staffers at music web site Pitchfork and know-how publication Ars Technica, raises the wage ground to $60,000 within the remaining yr of the contract, locations a cap on healthcare value will increase and establishes an outlined 40-hour workweek. It additionally contains stipulations that workers may be fired just for trigger, a problem that had been a sticking level within the contract talks.
“Due to our members’ exhausting work, the period of at-will employment and wage stagnation on the New Yorker is lastly over,” mentioned Natalie Meade, unit chair of the New Yorker Union. “All through two and half years of negotiations, our union remained steadfast in our dedication to enhance the standard of life for ourselves and for future workers.”
The deal comes amid a unbroken wave of labor organizing in media firms across the nation over the previous a number of years, from digital startups to legacy information organizations like Condé Nast that had by no means earlier than had unions. Editorial workers at The Wall Avenue Journal have been unionized since 1937.
Tensions across the New Yorker Union negotiations had risen in current months after unionized workers voted to authorize a strike in March. Earlier in June, dozens of Condé Nast workers picketed outdoors the Manhattan residence of World Chief Content material Officer Anna Wintour. Ms. Wintour, the longtime editor in chief of Vogue journal, has gained a extra expansive management position throughout Condé Nast in recent times however doesn’t oversee the New Yorker, which is led by Editor David Remnick.
The New Yorker Union mentioned publicly final week that its members have been “on the verge of a strike” and arrange a web site enumerating its calls for and publicizing plans for “each a bodily and a digital picket” have been the group’s leaders to name for such actions.
The deal should now be ratified by union members, who’re represented by the NewsGuild of New York. The contract covers 120 workers on the New Yorker, together with copy editors, truth checkers and designers, however not writers. The contract additionally covers 15 folks at Ars Technica and 17 at Pitchfork.
In a press release, Condé Nast mentioned it was happy to have reached an settlement with unions on the three publications.
“During the last yr, Condé Nast’s new govt management workforce has applied equitable compensation and inclusive advantages requirements throughout our workforce. These requirements are actually mirrored in our settlement with union workers,” the assertion mentioned.
Negotiations are persevering with between Condé Nast and unionized workers on the know-how publication Wired.
Staffers on the New Yorker unionized in mid-2018, with Ars Technica and Pitchfork following in 2019. Wired staffers joined the union in 2020.
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Appeared within the June 17, 2021, print version as ‘Condé Nast Reaches Its First Union Pact.’