Sign that strikes are back in fashion: Workers walk out at Vogue magazine

By DON McINTOSH

Anne Hathaway don’t cross no picket lines. The actress earned some love from union members when she walked out of a Vanity Fair photo shoot during a one-day strike by media workers Jan. 23.

The workers are part of a bargaining unit that includes Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Epicurious, Glamour, GQ, Self, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Condé Nast Entertainment. They joined the NewsGuild-CWA in September 2022 and still don’t have a first union contract.

The NewsGuild organized the strike to protest what they say is Condé Nast’s bad faith bargaining in negotiations over layoffs. The company is proposing to lay off 94 members, nearly 20% of the bargaining unit. In January management reduced its own proposal for severance pay, a classic case of “regressive bargaining” that violates the requirement under federal law to bargain in good faith.

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