Mar 29, 2022
Employees across Conde Nast publications on Tuesday announced they are following in the footsteps of their colleagues at The New Yorker and other company outlets and forming a union to "create a better, more equitable workplace."
"If Conde wants to attract the best talent in the business, they have to stop relying on prestige and provide equitable pay and benefits."
The Washington Postreports the newly formed Conde Union sent a letter signed by more than 350 workers to company management requesting voluntary recognition of the labor group, which includes employees of nearly a dozen publications including Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Glamour, GQ, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Vogue.
"We work for one of the largest and most influential media companies in the country, but Conde Nast also has a long, well-documented history of exploitation, leveraging its prestige to overwork and underpay its employees," Conde Union said in a statement.
Vanity Fair web producer Jaime Archer toldthe Post that "it comes down to prestige doesn't pay the bills."
"We love working here, and we want to keep working here," she added. "If Conde wants to attract the best talent in the business, they have to stop relying on prestige and provide equitable pay and benefits."
\u201cWe want to create a better, more equitable workplace at @condenast. So today we're uniting in solidarity to #UnionizeConde. We ask management to swiftly and voluntarily recognize our union. Find out more about supporting our union at https://t.co/uDzbIfra2H\u201d— condeunion (@condeunion) 1648559117
The unionization of Conde Nast began in 2018 with members of The New Yorker's editorial staff, who were followed by workers at Ars Technica, Pitchfork, and Wired. Company management voluntarily recognized all four efforts--but not without a fight.
Bon Appetit senior food editor Christina Chaey said in a statement Tuesday that "Conde Nast has a legacy as a storied media brand, but it now also has a legacy as one of the last media giants to unionize. We deserve to work at a brand that values our work and prioritizes helping us shape our futures here. Show us you actually want us to be here, Conde!"
Allegra Kirkland, Teen Vogue's politics director, said that "great people leave Conde all the time because they're frustrated by systemic issues at the company, or by a lack of career growth or raises. That harms both our quality of work and the quality of life of those left behind, who end up picking up the slack."
"The union will enshrine protections," she added. "It will give people an outlet to voice their concerns and a reason to stay."
\u201cBREAKING: 500+ Cond\u00e9 Nast workers are forming a union with @Newsguild.\n\nThe @CondeUnion includes workers across all brands that haven\u2019t unionized yet \u2014 including Bon App\u00e9tit, Vogue & GQ.\n\nWorkers are demanding better pay, job security, staff diversity, and workplace transparency.\u201d— More Perfect Union (@More Perfect Union) 1648558840
Bon Appetit assistant editor Chala Tyson Tshitundu asserted that "our union will fight to improve Conde's frankly abysmal pay scale, which has not only led to stagnant wages across the board, but glaring ongoing pay inequities, especially amongst non-white staff."
Some workers called on Conde Nast to reflect the values its publications promote.
"We publish pieces every day about how women can advocate for themselves, and how mothers need to be treated well, and pay discrepancies in the workplace," Glamour staff writer Jenny Singer told the Post. "There's nothing more important than Conde practicing what it preaches in its pages."
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