Thursday, May 30, 2024

Conde Nast Union Sets Up Go Fund Me Page for Possible Strike, Threatens Anna Wintour’s Met Ball: Will Celebs Ignore Them? (Video)


The Conde Nast Union in threatening to upset Anna Wintour’s Met Gala on Monday.

In posts late Saturday night, the Union said if it didn’t get a signed contract, they’d likely show up on Monday at the Metropolitan Museum.

If they protest or picket, will the liberal celebs — many of whom were recently on picket lines themselves — just ignore the whole thing and go inside? Kardashians won’t care but what about the members of SAG and WGA?

The Union set up a gofundme page this evening and has already raised almost $14,0000 in case of a strike or work stoppage. They wrote on the page:

“The Condé Nast Union is SO CLOSE to finalizing our very first contract, which would grant protections to hundreds of employees. But right at the finish line—as at every other step in this process—management is dragging its feet.

We want to get this contract WRAPPED, but instead of bargaining with us in good faith, management is bringing insulting proposals on key issues like wages and protection of our jobs from permalancers, threatening us with additional layoffs (despite CEO Roger Lynch stating publicly there would be no more), and in some cases, even taking steps backward from their initial proposals, instead of working with us to find a resolution.

We want a contract that honors the work we do and value we bring to the company. We’ve tried to get there by bringing logical, actionable proposals to the table and diligently working through management’s proposals to find common ground. At this point, management could bring us a fair contract that doesn’t unnecessarily cut nearly 100 people’s jobs TODAY. Instead, they are delaying the proceedings and senselessly blaming the union for the hold up.

One thing we know for sure: There is no Condé Nast without us, and the way to demonstrate this clearly is to walk off the job. We are ready to do whatever it takes to win a fair contract.

Management will withhold pay from union members who participate in any future work stoppage, commensurate with the amount of days that we withhold our labor. We want to help union members who may face hardship from losing these wages—that’s where you come in. Members will be able to request funds from this page through a team of union stewards, who will be managing this money and ensuring it goes directly to our members. If we have any extra money leftover after paying out those who request funds, we’ll save it for a possible future Condé United strike fund. If we don’t go on another strike before we ratify our first contract, we’ll donate the funds to another labor cause or strike fund.”

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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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