Melissa Atkins Quoted in The Washington Post Regarding the Condé Nast One-Day Strike

January 26, 2024

Obermayer labor and employment partner Melissa Atkins was quoted in The Washington Post on January 23, 2024, in connection with the recent one-day walkouts organized by the Condé Nast media workers. 

The article, titled “At Condé Nast, a red-carpet picket line for a one-day strike,” discusses the factors that led more than 400 employees at magazines owned by publishing giant Condé Nast — including Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, New Yorker, and Glamour — to launch 24-hour walkouts.

A 24-hour walkout can grab headlines for a day, without forcing workers to forfeit weeks of pay and it’s easier for union members to organize, not requiring a formal vote to strike.

“The difference is it doesn’t require that all workers be present, it’s more spontaneous, and it can go without a vote,” said Melissa Atkins.

Melissa represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Prior to joining Obermayer, Melissa worked as a Deputy City Solicitor in the Labor and Employment Unit for the City of Philadelphia and in the Employment Law practice group of one of the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance companies.

Read the full article here