More than 250 employees in editorial, sales, publicity, design, legal, and marketing departments at HarperCollins have been on strike since November 10, notes Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer.

Negotiations between UAW Local 2110 and the “Big 5” publisher began in December 2021, and the employees had been working without a contract since April 2022.

“The strike comes as Harper is cutting costs and jobs and has recently reported losses in this tight economy,” Albanese tells me.

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PW reports that HarperCollins announced In company-wide memo to employees that the company has “implemented plans to ensure that operations continue uninterrupted during a…strike.”

The union action has received support from Harper authors and from the stage at the recent National Book Awards.


Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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