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Ocasio-Cortez, Warren pull out of New Yorker Festival amid labor dispute

Ocasio-Cortez, Warren pull out of New Yorker Festival amid labor dispute
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Facebook, Zuckerberg 'bear partial responsibility' for insurrection Belfast's Troubles echo in today's Washington AOC's Ministry of Truth MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden to tap Rohit Chopra to lead CFPB, Gensler for SEC chair: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Porter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector MORE (D-Mass.) have pulled out of the annual New Yorker Festival after pressure from a union representing workers for the news group.

The two congresswomen, who have championed various working families causes on Capitol Hill, were slated to serve as the keynote speakers for the annual event, which begins Monday and will be held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The New Yorker is currently in the middle of controversial labor dispute with The New Yorker Union, which has been seeking to obtain a contract for employees that includes a "just cause" provision relating to demotion and termination of employees, according to The New York Times. 

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The union in a letter earlier this month had asked the two progressive politicians to reconsider their participation with the festival. 

“The NewsGuild and The New Yorker Union are fighting for basic dignity on the job and we stand with them,” Warren and Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement to the Times. “We will not cross the picket line and attend the festival unless The New Yorker leadership agrees to the union’s demands — they should do so immediately.”

The New Yorker Union was formed in 2018 but has yet to reach a work contract with The New Yorker's management, according to the Times. New Yorker Union members are planning a "virtual picket line" of the event.