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TikTok: Clock Ticks as Conde Nast Employees Threaten Anna Wintour’s Met Ball With Strike, Could Protest Glittery Gala Event

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Anna Wintour’s TikTok sponsored Met Ball is in trouble.

With a week to go before the spring Halloween party. Conde Nast’s unionized employees are threatening to upend the gala as they attempt to negotiate a contract and thwart more layoffs.

Wintour is the editorial director of Conde Nast, and editor in chief of Vogue. She’s also empress of the Met Ball. The evening will be sponsored this year by TikTok, the Chinese company ordered by Congress to divest itself or be banned in the US. I told in February what was going on.

Some Conde Nast publications have unions including The New Yorker and Wired. But the big ones, like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, etc did not until recently. They still do not have a contract as the company has had had serious rounds of layoffs and face more imminently.

The Conde Nast Union declares on its website:

“While Anna Wintour, Vogue editor in chief, mingles with fellow millionaires at the Met Gala, Condé Nast is refusing to settle a fair contract — and is trying to lay off nearly a hundred Condé Union members:

Tell Anna: Get serious

  • Pay Condé Nast workers fair wages
  • Stop replacing unit members with freelancers
  • Reach a deal with workers now!

It’s hard to imagine but completely possible Wintour will have her Kardashians and other gross participants walking past Conde Nast protesters next Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

That would be an embarrassing “first.”

The Union says: “The unionization of Condé Nast began in earnest in 2018, when editorial employees at The New Yorker began an organizing drive. They announced their union publicly in June of 2018 with nearly 90% of the staff supporting the effort. They were joined in March 2019 by colleagues at Ars Technica and Pitchfork, and in April 2020 by those at WIRED. All four publications were voluntarily recognized by Condé. Now the entire company is unionizing.”

The Met Ball is a notorious money loser, costing more than $5 million to stage even after donations and sponsors are counted in. The confluence of the TikTok scandal and the union issues is going to make for a compelling moment next Monday.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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