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May 20, 2020

Wired Union Blasts Conde's Severance Packages


NY Post: "Wired’s editorial union has fired off a letter to Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch blasting the company for its coronavirus severance packages after a majority of editorial staffers last month indicated that they want the NewsGuild of New York to be their bargaining agent. “We were deeply disappointed to learn that many of our laid off colleagues were offered meager or nonexistent severance packages, even though in your letter to the company on Wednesday (5/13) you stated that ‘supporting people in their transition was of utmost importance,’” said the letter, which drew support from three other unionized Condé brands: The New Yorker, Ars Technica and Pitchfork. The union also blasted the company for its treatment of freelancers: “Our freelancer and subcontractor colleagues, some of whom worked for WIRED full time for years in a shameful two-tier system, were left with no severance pay or health coverage whatsoever in the middle of a pandemic that has caused the worst economic downturn in generations.”After a first round of cuts unveiled in late April that resulted in pay reductions, the magazine publisher followed up last week by axing nearly 100 employees in the US, where about half of its 6,000 worldwide employees work The Wired union also called on Lynch “to immediately recognize our union by participating in a card check conducted by a neutral third party.” The 70-member Wired union said on April 22 that the overwhelming majority of editorial staffers turned in cards asking for NewsGuild representation, but the company has yet to officially recognize the union as the bargaining agent as it did for The New Yorker and the other two units at the family-owned magazine giant, which had been union-free until last year.The company, owned by the billionaire Newhouse family, had not responded to the letter by press time.

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