January 28, 2023

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How to support the HarperCollins Union during their strike

The HarperCollins Union, which represents more than 250 employees from various divisions of the publishing house, has been on strike since November 10. Their demands are better pay, diversity initiatives and more security for unionized workers. Salaries at HarperCollins start at $45,000 before taxes, well below a living wage in New York City, with an average salary of $55,000.

This comes after the publisher posted record profits in 2021. A Vulture article pointed out that the requested raise would cost the company less than $1 million and that the company paid more than that for Jared Kushner’s book deal alone.

If you want to support the union strike, here is what they have asked for in support.

Readers and Reviewers:

Hold reviews, nominations, and other promotions for HarperCollins titles until an agreement is reached. Amplify their message on social media media
Consider donating to the strike fund

Bookstores and Bookstores:

Authors, Agents and Freelancers:

Do not start new contracts until an agreement has been reached (does not apply to existing contractual obligations)

Read more about this story at Vulture.

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