US HarperCollins staff vote to strike

Representatives of unionized HarperCollins employees in the United States will go on strike on November 7, reports Weekly editors.

The employees have been negotiating for 11 months for a new employment contract but have so far been unable to reach a contract with the publisher. This is the second strike for unionized employees this year after a one-day strike in July.

UAW Local 2110, a union for technical, clerical and professional workers, represents more than 250 HarperCollins employees in the design, editorial, marketing, advertising and sales departments, who are currently working without contracts. . Negotiations with management began in December last year, with the union negotiating for higher wages, better family leave benefits, a greater commitment to a diverse workforce and stronger union protection.

“Once again, members have voted to authorize a strike because the company refuses to accept a fair contract for the employees who make it successful,” said union president and production editor Laura Harschberger. “This time our mandate is even stronger, with even greater participation among union members.”

Earlier this week, HarperCollins US CEO Brian Murphy said in a memo to staff that the company had cut “a small number of positions” and was reducing non-essential travel and expenses, due to slowing sales of industry and rising costs.

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