Strike Continues at HarperCollins Publishers with New Picketing Schedule
Union members at HarperCollins, one of the largest publishers in the country, are beginning the fourth week of their strike, which began on November 10th after a drawn out negotiation process, with workers asking for higher wages, stronger commitments to diversifying staff and better family leave. The approximately 250 unionized workers are represented by UAW 2110, and include staff in design, marketing, publicity and sales. These employees have been working without a contract since April.
The mainly women workers average $55,000 annually, with a starting salary of $45,000. Many employees cite pressure to work extra hours without additional compensation. The company, one of the top five book publishers globally, reported record-setting profits in the past two years.
The union's new picket line schedule is Monday through Friday from 10:30AM to 2:30PM at 195 Broadway. You can also read more about why "Passion Doesn't Pay the Bills" in Vulture and Entrepreneur, pledge a contribution to the union's strike fund here, and follow their fight on Twitter here!