After 2.5 years (!!) of bargaining, unionized workers at The New Yorker still do not have a fair contract — and they’re on the verge of a strike, if that’s what it will take to get what they deserve. You can learn more about their demands and what their picket line will look like in the event of a strike here

As media freelancers, we have a crucial role to play when our colleagues go on strike. We can help ensure the strike’s success by committing not to work for the publication while a strike is ongoing — e.g. honoring the picket line. 

Wait, what’s a picket line exactly? Traditionally, this is where striking workers gather not only to demonstrate, but to monitor who enters the workplace. The goal of a strike is to bring a company’s operations to a halt, and strikers want to ensure no one crosses the picket line and goes to work. A picket line may be less physical in the digital age, but the goal is still the same: to bring the company’s operations to a standstill. Any work done for a company during a strike undermines this effort, and therefore constitutes crossing the picket line.

If The New Yorker workers strike, what will they ask of freelancers?

  • Do not perform struck work for The New Yorker (i.e., work that is usually done by members of the union, such as copy editing and fact checking). 
  • Do not pitch or produce new work for The New Yorker
  • Do not submit edits to forthcoming stories. 
  • Do not share newyorker.com links. 
  • Do ask that your work not be published during the strike. If management publishes your work despite your wishes, let the union know.
  • Do encourage your audience to support the striking workers. 
  • Full details here!

How can I show solidarity with the workers at The New Yorker