It’s fashionable to be syndicated to Vogue magazine – People’s World

Union Condé members parade in New York on May 1, 2022. | Union Conde via Twitter

NEW YORK (PAI)—Sorry, but we can’t resist this: it’s now fashionable to be a member of the New York News Guild at vogue.

It’s true, the staff members of vogue The magazine and 11 other Condé Nast publications signed so many union election recognition cards for the New York local of the News Guild-CWA that bosses gave them voluntary recognition, aka “card verification.”

This means that all Condé Nast properties are unionized, the News Guild said.

“WE DID IT! Condé Union has won our card count and we are officially recognized as a union! The era of ‘prestige paying the bills’ is over,” the workers, organized as Condé Union, launched a series of seven tweets following the September 9 announcement.

Low wages in the New York metro area, where costs are high, poor working conditions, erratic back-to-office standards, corporate tendencies to outsource, and labor scrutiny to improve their publications – and their professional lives – were key. to the organizing campaign for more than five months. Treating freelancers and part-timers the same was also a key cause.

Workers gave full credit to the example set by another even more prestigious publication, the new yorker, whose Condé Nast workers were the first to unionize with the New York News Guild, in 2018.

The Syndicate of Conde members also congratulated readers and the general public for their support. Such support was no surprise in the Big Apple, where workers are heavily unionized. The union has warned it will need continued support as it opens negotiations for a first contract.

“This card count is the official recognition of our union, even though we have acted as such since day one. Our 500+ members and 15,000 public petition supporters have helped us reach this milestone,” read a second tweet from the union.

“After more than 5 months of relentless organizing efforts, our card count showed that we have reached a supermajority of Condé employees who have joined our union. We won with one shot!

“The most exciting thing is that our “permanents” who have been in Condé for over a year now have official union protections. The incredible @newyorkerunion paved the way for this victory!

However, they are realistic about what they are up against. Bargaining, the Condé union said, is “the next chapter in our fight… We are ready to fight for job security, better benefits and higher wages.

“We have fought hard to get here, and every last employee deserves to celebrate our historic achievement of organizing Condé Nast. Follow us to show your support to the public and help us win the best contract possible! they appealed.

The Condé Nast union covers full-time and part-time editorial, video and production workers at Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Epicurious, Glamour, GQ, Self, Teen Vogue, them., Vanity Fairand vogue, as well as Condé Nast Entertainment, said Sally Davidow, director of communications for the New York local chapter’s parent company, News Guild, a division of CWA. “It also includes more than 100 contractor employees who work for a third-party recruitment agency,” Davidow added.

Jess Lane, a member of the Condé Union organizing committee, told the Guild of New York that the workers “are delighted to have finally achieved this historic victory, and proud to have fought to include me and so many other long-serving employees who have been unfairly divided between staff and ‘permanent work.’ Permanent freelancers are permanent freelancers.

“My colleagues and I have shown through our organization that we will not be satisfied with these precarious working conditions. Many of our issues exist in our industry and we hope other companies and workplaces will take note,” added Lane.

“Condé Nast’s legendary publications would be nowhere without the hard-working, day-in, day-out employees, and we’re proud to say they’re now fully unionized. We are so proud to fight side by side with our new members to make sure they get the strongest contract possible,” replied Susan DeCarava, president of the News Guild of New York.