Published On: Thu, Jul 7th, 2022

99.5% of HarperCollins Union Vote in Favor to Initiate a Strike For Equitable Pay

HarperCollins Local 2110 of the UAW union authorizes to strike. Image: HarperCollins Union UAW 2110 and Alyssa Shotwell.

Since December 31, 2021, HarperCollins Publishers employees, part of the United Auto Workers Local 2110 (UAW) union, have been working without a contract as negotiations continue. These union members come from across HarperCollins (owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp), from marketing to editorial. Initially, the contract was set to expire a year earlier but was extended due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Now, halfway through 2022, the UAW workers set a vote to initiate a strike. When that vote took earlier this week, 99.5% of the members voted to authorize a strike.

The majority-women workers have been pushing for fairer pay, family leave, and meaningful action regarding diversity and equity rather than the lip-service. Regarding pay, the average starting salary is about $ 45,000, with publishing centrally located in expensive cities like New York City and Boston. Newscorp reported net sales (this accounts for subtracting acquisition sales) to be up 14% in 2021, with HarperCollins raking in almost two billion dollars. That’s $ 2,000,000,000! While some of this will drop off since people think the pandemic is over (it’s not), it’s not like these issues brought up by UAW didn’t exist before.

The Mary Sue

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