AOC, Elizabeth Warren pull out of New Yorker Festival amid labor dispute

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have pulled out of next week’s New Yorker Festival in solidarity with unionized magazine staffers — who are locked in a labor dispute with management.

The two Democrats were slated to appear Monday as keynote speakers for the star-studded annual event, which will be held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But members of The New Yorker Union — who have been seeking to obtain contracts that include a “just cause” provision — planned a “virtual picket line” for that night and had asked the progressive pols to reconsider their participation, according to The New York Times.

“The NewsGuild and The New Yorker Union are fighting for basic dignity on the job and we stand with them,” Ocasio-Cortez and Warren 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 union representing workers for the publication was formed in 2018, but has yet to reach a work contract with the New Yorker’s management, according to the Times.

At the heart of the dispute is the “just cause” clause, which gives a standard that must be met for an employer to discipline or fire employees.