HarperCollins and Union Agree to Mediation

HarperCollins and the striking members of the HarperCollins Union have agreed to enter mediation to settle their differences.

Publishers Weekly reported on a company-wide HarperCollins memo that says,

We entered negotiations eager to find common ground, and we have remained committed to achieving a fair and reasonable contract throughout this process…. We are optimistic that a mutually agreed upon mediator can help find the solutions that have eluded us so far.

A statement from the union says,

HarperCollins Publishers finally agreed to enter mediation with the union, Local 2110 UAW. The union has been on strike since November 10, 2022, and have not heard directly from the company since their last bargaining session on November 2. The update was provided to the federal mediator assigned to negotiations, who previously invited both parties to resume negotiations.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to continue bargaining with HarperCollins and hope they finally are ready to put a fair offer on the table,” said Olga Brudastova, President of Local 2110 UAW. “We have been on strike for over two months at this point. It is time for us to resolve any outstanding differences and attempt to reset our relationship.”

Strikers plan to hold rallies on January 31, 2023 outside HarperCollins offices in Manhattan and February 2, 2023 outside the offices of parent company News Corp in Midtown.

The HarperCollins Union has been on strike since November 10, 2022.

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