Condé Nast Staffers Picketed Outside Of Anna Wintour’s House

June 9, 2021 / Posted by:

Since 2018, a union representing the workers of The New Yorker, Pitchfork, and Ars Technica has been going through some messy negotiations with parent company Condé Nast. The union is looking to increase wages and job security of copy editors, fact-checkers, and other employees. Talks have stalled, so the union is stepping it up and that means picketing the home of big-name Condé Nast executive, 71-year-old Anna Wintour. On top of being Head Queen of Vogue, Anna is also the worldwide chief content officer for Condé Nast. But sources allege to Page Six that Anna doesn’t have any control over The New Yorker and has nothing to do with unions. So why picket Anna’s house? Duh, optics! Or maybe it was just secretly arranged by André Leon Talley. But he’s not the only one who has it in for Anna, because during the protest, one of her neighbors handed out beverages like the host of a party.

News of this protest came ahead of time so Anna knew these folks were on their way with their pitchforks and guillotines angry signs. This ad went out to rally the union workers:

Condé Nast soon sent out a company email seemingly discouraging people from doing this saying: “Targeting an individual’s private home and publicly sharing its location is not acceptable.” But the union did not give a shit and replied with an email of their own calling Condé Nast’s actions “what looks like an unlawful attempt to discourage protected concerted activity.” And so the protest went on, and last night about 100 employees from The New Yorker, Pitchfork, and Ars Technica marched in front of Anna’s townhouse in Greenwich Village. via The New York Times

“Bosses wear Prada, workers get nada!” they chanted.

There were about 100 protesters in all, many of them fact checkers or editorial staff members who belong to The New Yorker Union, a group that started three years ago and is affiliated with the NewsGuild of New York…

A few police officers looked on as the protesters marched in a loop outside Ms. Wintour’s darkened townhouse on the otherwise serene block of Sullivan Street. They carried signs that said, “You can’t eat prestige” and “Fair pay now” in The New Yorker’s distinctive typeface.

Genevieve Bormes, an associate covers editor at The New Yorker, said she made $53,000 annually after working at the magazine for more than five years. Her salary was $33,000 when she started in 2016, she said, adding that the wages offered by the magazine favored workers who had a financial cushion.

“People from a range of backgrounds can’t afford to work there,” Ms. Bormes said.

The protest was a sharp escalation in The New Yorker employees’ two-year fight with Condé Nast over wages, health care benefits and work-life issues.

And because this is the bitchy magazine business, one of Anna’s neighbors came out to hand drinks to the picketers:

I’m sure Anna lounged peacefully within her sound-proof walled lair. She probably didn’t even notice the picketers were there. If she had, Anna would have simply released her anti-peasant defense mechanisms AKA hosed them down with her sprinkler system, or sic her hounds on them.

Pic: Wenn.com

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