Friday, May 24, 2024

No Strike! Conde Nast Union Reaches 11th Hour Deal! Anna Wintour Can Keep Wearing Sunglasses Inside! Bathroom Breaks Allowed!


Our long national nightmare is over!

Conde Nast has reached an agreement with the union representing magazine employees. There will be no picket line today at the Met Gala.


It only took the spectre of celebrities in Halloween costumes having to walk past strikers to bring Conde Nast to its knees. The literally waited until the last minute to give the Union some of their demands.

Top of the list was Anna Wintour gets to keep wearing sunglasses indoors.

Also employees will be allowed to eat occasionally!

Here is an actual statement from the Union:

“WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN: We are excited to announce that we have a tentative agreement with Conde Nast on our first contract. Our pledge to do ‘whatever it takes’ ahead of the Met Gala moved the company and our progress at the bargaining table kicked into high gear…

“Just some of our wins: $61,500 starting salary floor; an end to the two-tier permalance system, just cause, expanded bereavement leave, two more weeks of family leave (14 total) and $3.3 million in total wage increases…For our colleagues on the layoff list we secured eight weeks severance, three months of COBRA coverage or, in lieu of COBRA, a one time lump sum payment; an additional $1,000 payment and much more.

“Our persistent fight for our rights and for the best win possible is why we have this tentative agreement. Ratification will take place this week.”

Well, mazel tov! If they’re happy, we’re happy! I did think COBRA was automatic for at least six months, but what do i know?

And now, on with the show!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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