More than 100 staff members at Meredith Corporation, the company that owns Entertainment Weekly (EW), Martha Stewart Living, and other publications, have moved to form a union with the NewsGuild of New York. The announcement comes only days following the ouster of EW editor-in-chief JD Heyman, whom employees had accused of making "inappropriate" and "racially insensitive" comments. A Meredith spokesperson told The Wrap that company policy is "to not voluntarily recognize a union."
- EW writer Maureen Lenker told The Daily Beast that staffers at several Meredith publications had discussed forming a union after online writers at Meredith-owned People Magazine announced plans to unionize earlier this year.
- Employees said the move also felt necessary after Meredith instituted pandemic-related pay cuts in April.
- Employees at several major outlets have formed company-wide unions this year, including those at Hearst Magazines and Bustle Digital Group.