We’re back at the bargaining table tomorrow, and we’ve told @newyorker and @condenast management that we expect them to bring a serious counter to our wage proposal—one that will let us begin remedying decades of low, stagnant, irregular pay.
The following testimonies from current and former employees provide just a peek at some of the problems we’re fighting to fix:
On the high turnover at @newyorker, where some departments have an average tenure of one year:
On the incredibly low pay at @newyorker, far below our peers in the industry:
On underpayment and wage stagnation at @newyorker:
On the unlivable wages at @newyorker, a publication that is, by many accounts, thriving financially:
On the financial precarity that many @newyorker employees face, compounded by the pandemic:
As we have told @newyorker and @condenast for well over two years, you can't eat prestige.
On the inequitable wage structures at @newyorker:
.@newyorker and @condenast are bargaining to enshrine the status quo. If the status quo worked for our members, we wouldn't have unionized.
On the need to maintain outside employment in order to make ends meet, even after years of working at @newyorker:
Our members are highly skilled and central to the production of the magazine. We deserve to make a living wage.
On wages so low that more than 50% of your income goes to rent:
Burnout is common at @newyorker. Imagine what we could all be doing with our collective creativity and talent if we didn't have to struggle to get by.

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Today we’re releasing a summary of our recent pay study. Based on data @CondeNast supplied in September, 2020, the study is a snapshot of our union at a moment in time, but its findings resonate with many present and past @NewYorker employees’ experiences. newyorkerunion.com
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Today @newyorkerunion is undertaking a half-day work stoppage. We demand a contract that reflects the value of our labor and the principles in our pages, and the foundation of that contract is #JustCauseNoExceptions.
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