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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-CortezHillicon Valley: Threatening emails raise election concerns | Quibi folds after raising nearly B | Trump signs law making it a crime to hack voting systems Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push expansion of offshore wind, block offshore drilling with ocean energy bill | Poll: Two-thirds of voters support Biden climate plan | Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race 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.