June 23, 2021

New Yorker Employees Stage Protest Outside Anna Wintour’s Townhouse

A Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire since 2017, and someone who was celebrated and satirized by Meryl Streep in the 2006 film “The Devil Wears Prada,” Ms. Wintour started at Condé Nast as the editor of the American edition of Vogue more than three decades ago, back when print magazines and London-trained editors were all the rage.

She was named the artistic director of Condé Nast in 2013 and the company’s global content adviser in 2019. At the end of 2020, she was made worldwide chief content officer and global editorial director, a position that gave her the last word over Condé Nast publications, which also include Vanity Fair, in more than 30 markets outside the United States.

There is one Condé Nast publication that Ms. Wintour does not oversee: The New Yorker, which the author and editor David Remnick has led since 1998. Mr. Remnick and Ms. Wintour declined to comment for this article.

Ms. Meade said the union had chosen Ms. Wintour’s neighborhood because she served as a “proxy” for Condé Nast. “What’s happening at The New Yorker is not necessarily happening in a vacuum,” she said.

The protest was the most dramatic Condé Nast job action since members of the New Yorker’s staff walked off the job for one day in January. In September, when staff members refused to work at the annual New Yorker Festival, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled out of their schedule appearances in solidarity with them.

In March, the magazine’s union workers, along with the unions at Ars Technica and Pitchfork, voted to authorize a strike.

Noam Scheiber contributed reporting.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/business/media/new-yorker-union-anna-wintour.html

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