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The MET Gala ‘Isn't A Glamorous Night For Condé Nast Workers Trying To Unionize’ - 350 Staffers Send Letter To Condé Nast ‘Asking Leadership To Recognize Their Union, Correctly Noting’ "Prestige Doesn't Pay The Bills"

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2022
by Audra Heinrichs/Jezebel
The MET Gala ‘Isn't A Glamorous Night For Condé Nast Workers Trying To Unionize’ - 350 Staffers Send Letter To Condé Nast ‘Asking Leadership To Recognize Their Union, Correctly Noting’

(NEW YORK CITY) - The MET Gala is many things to many people.

To the world’s elites, it is The First Monday of May, a soiree of sartorial statement reserved only for those Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour deems the “who’s who” across fashion, art, sports and technology.

For Workers across Condé Nastit’s the longest, most grueling night of the year.

This year’s theme: “Gilded Glamour,” a reference to the Gilded Ageseems pretty appropriate considering the burgeoning Labor Movement currently taking place across the U.S. right now and the fact that Condé still hasn’t recognized its Union.

“The 2022 Met Gala will ask its attendees to embody the grandeur - and perhaps the dichotomy - of Gilded Age New York” explained Vogue. “The period, which stretched from 1870 to 1890, was one of unprecedented prosperity, cultural change and industrialization, when both skyscrapers and fortunes seemingly arose overnight.”

Speaking of dichotomy!

It’s now been over a month since hundreds of employees at Condé Nast - which boasts world-renowned publications like Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Teen Vogue, GQ and many others - announced they were forming a Union, collectively noting that “prestige doesn’t pay the bills.”

Along with the announcement, 350 Staffers sent a letter to Condé Nast asking leadership to recognize their Union.

Then, the company said it intended “to have productive and thoughtful conversations with (Staff)” - but those conversations have yet to take place.

“We work for one of the largest and most influential media companies in the country, but Condé Nast also has a long, well-documented history of exploitation, leveraging its prestige to overwork and underpay its employees,” Condé Union wrote in a statement.

On May Day (aka Workers’ Day) - a commemoration of the enduring, evolving Labor Movement worldwide - Members of the Condé Nast Union rallied with U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat-New York), Amazon Union Members and others in New York’s Washington Square Park.

Now, without any formal acknowledgement of the Union from Wintour or other leadership, many of those same Employees will be forced to work the MET Gala - an exhibition of elitism that’s not just torture for us without health care and a will to live to witness, but hell for the workers who are either covering it or working as on-site organizers and assistants.

To Continue Reading This Labor News Story, Go To: https://jezebel.com/the-met-gala-isnt-a-glamorous-night-for-conde-nast-work-1848868805

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