Anne Hathaway emerged from a Vanity Fair photo shoot to support the Condé Nast Union march on Tuesday morning.
Nearly 400 union members working at Condé Nast are currently staging a 24-hour work stoppage to protest what they claim are illegal negotiation practices.
Hathaway was unaware that work had been shut down when she arrived at the photo shoot in New York City. She was still in hair and makeup when her team was notified by a staff member from SAG-AFTRA that Hathaway had been advised to support the work stoppage.
“They hadn’t even started taking pictures yet,” a source said Variation. “When the mother found out what was going on, she abandoned her hair and makeup and left.”
The work stoppage coincides with the announcement of the 2024 Oscar nominees, which takes place at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning. Employees at Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, Allure, Condé Nast Entertainment, Architectural Digest, Glamour, Self, Teen Vogue and other Condé Nast publications marched for a rally outside the company’s offices in New York.
Videos posted on the union’s X/Twitter account show protesters holding signs saying “Layoffs are obsolete.” They may also be chanting, “Say it loud, say it clear, winter is so cold this year,” an obvious play on Anna Wintour’s name.
Last week, Condé Nast merged Pitchfork with men’s magazine GQ, resulting in layoffs at the digital music publication, including the departure of editor-in-chief Puja Patel.
Wintour, Condé Nast’s chief content officer and Vogue’s global editorial director, announced the changes in a memo to company staff, writing: “Today, we’re evolving our Pitchfork team structure by bringing the team into the GQ organization. “This decision was made after a careful evaluation of Pitchfork’s performance and what we believe is the best path forward for the brand so that our music coverage can continue to thrive internally.”
The Condé Nast Union shared potential work stoppage plans on X last Thursday: “Our longest yes child ever: When our bargaining committee called for a 24-hour work stoppage, nearly 400 of us pledged to STOP WORK. Tell RT’s @CondeNast you stand with workers: Stop breaking the law, stop busting unions, and stop layoffs. Keep your eyes here for more.”
Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch announced in November 2023 that the company will lay off more than 300 employees and take other cost-cutting measures to increase efficiency.