"Bosses wear Prada, workers get nada!"
If there's one thing you could count on when a bunch of magazine workers stage a picket line, it's certainly a clever protest chant.
However, we doubt Anna Wintour was giving the line her editorial stamp of approval, considering it was being shouted outside of her personal Greenwich Village residence.
On Tuesday, more than 100 Condè Nast employees took to the sidewalk in front of the editorial director's $12.5 million Manhattan townhouse, turning the quiet Sullivan Street into an impassioned labor demonstration.
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Most of the picketers, who held up signs reading "You can’t eat prestige" and "Fair pay now," were staffers who belong to The New Yorker Union, which is currently in the midst of long-delayed negotiations with the title's parent company over increased wages, benefits, and workplace protections. Employees of two other Condè Nast publications, Ars Technica and Pitchfork, were also present for the demonstration. And while Vogue, the glossy Wintour is most famously linked to, isn't one of the titles involved in the union struggle, organizers of the protest set their sights on Wintour due to her stature as a globally-recognized figurehead of the corporate media behemoth. Since 2020, she's also been Condè Nast's Global Chief Content Officer.
With great power comes the great risk of people disturbing your dinner, we suppose, although Wintour isn't technically involved with overseeing The New Yorker at all - that job belongs to David Remnick.
It's unclear whether or not Wintour was at home during the demonstration, especially since the plan was made public beforehand. In a Monday night email to union organizers, the company reportedly wrote, "Targeting an individual’s private home and publicly sharing its location is not acceptable."
Wintour's neighbors, meanwhile, clearly didn't seem to mind the disturbance:
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