May 10, 2024 | News Story

Condé Union Settles Contract, Averting Work Stoppage Ahead of Met Gala

NewsGuild of New York-represented staff at Condé Nast brands including Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, Glamour, Bon Appétit and more reached a tentative contract agreement with the company, averting what could have been a work stoppage timed to begin Monday, the day of the Met Gala.

“We made a commitment to do whatever it takes to get our contract,” said Mark Alan Burger, Vanity Fair social media manager and a member of the Condé Union bargaining team. “Our pledge to take any action necessary to get our contract, including walking off the job ahead of the Met Gala, and all the actions we took this week, pushed the company to really negotiate. We made every effort this week to meet with them and get this contract completed and we’re thrilled to say we did it.”

This is the first contract for Condé Union – which represents workers at brands such as Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Epicurious, Glamour, GQ, Self, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Them, and Condé Nast Entertainment. The union was certified in September 2022.

Highlights of the contract include $3.6 million in total wage increases, 14 weeks of parental of fully paid parental leave (an increase of two weeks) and “Just cause” protections, which establish standards that management must adhere to when disciplining or terminating a member. Read more here!

Unionized editorial workers represented by the NewsGuild of NY's Dotdash Meredith Union, at People, People video, Entertainment Weekly and Martha Stewart Living also reached contract agreements this week, in a joint deal that, among other things, lifts the average union worker’s pay immediately by an average of 15%. Read more about the Dotdash Meredith Union's win here.