Jan 26, 2024 | News Story

Unionized Staff at Condé Nast Walk Off the Job

Outraged over the unlawful handling of layoff negotiations and bad-faith bargaining, unionized staff at many of the top Condé Nast brands walked off the job for one day and picketed outside One World Trade Center in New York City on Tuesday.

“The last nearly three months of fighting for our co-workers on the company’s layoff list has led us to today,” said Ben Dewey, a CNE videographer and vice chair of the CNE unit of Condé Nast Union. “Our 24-hour walkout is about standing firmly behind our colleagues and showing Condé Nast management in the clearest possible way that we will not tolerate their disrespect at the bargaining table over these layoffs. It is time to start bargaining in good faith with us.”

Condé Nast management announced on Nov. 1 its plans to lay off 5% of its workforce. The company then proposed laying off 94 Condé Union members, or around 20% of the union, with the same severance package offered to other affected workers in the company.

Condé Nast Union – which represents workers powering brands such as Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Epicurious, Glamour, GQ, Self, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Condé Nast Entertainment – has been bargaining its first contract since certification in September 2022.

“Media workers at Condé Nast are key to the company’s success and reputation for excellence,” said Susan DeCarava, president of The NewsGuild of New York. “They deserve for their work to be respected on the job and at the bargaining table. Guild members walked off the job today to remind management of their worth and urge company reps to bargain in good faith. We demand nothing less.” Read more from Work-Bites, CNN, The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter and  The Chief-Leader and click here to tell CEO Roger Lynch that enough is enough: bargain in good faith and stop the layoffs!