A spokeswoman for The New Yorker, which has been led by the editor David Remnick since 1998, said that the publication was eager to reach a fair agreement with the union as quickly as possible.
“Like many other media outlets, The New Yorker strongly believes that its editorial standards should not be determined by arbitrators outside of The New Yorker, and we look forward to our continued discussions regarding just cause in the context of bargaining,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.
She said ticket buyers to the event with Ms. Warren and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez had been notified Wednesday morning and would receive refunds.
In 2018, more than 100 New Yorker staff members — including fact checkers and copy editors, but not the magazine’s writers — announced that they were forming a union, part of a wave of organizing at media publications of all sizes. The New Yorker union was recognized by the magazine in July of that year, but it has so far been unable to reach an agreement with management on a contract.
In an internal email sent to staff on Tuesday that was obtained by The New York Times, New Yorker leaders said the union’s action “undermines the hard work of your colleagues on the Festival.”
“We know that the staff ultimately wants to make this institution stronger, that a robust future for The New Yorker is in all of our interests,” the email from The New Yorker management bargaining committee said. “We ask that, whatever our differences, we take our common goals to heart as we bargain toward an agreement.”
Because of the pandemic, The New Yorker Festival is being held online for the first time in its 21-year history. The festival, which will run Oct. 5 to 11, is scheduled to include discussions with high-profile guests, including Margaret Atwood, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Ethan Hawke, Malcolm Gladwell and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as performances by Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax and Fiona Apple.