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Union workers at Scholastic staged a one-day work stoppage on Nov. 1 following the publisher's rejection of Scholastic Union's proposal for annual raises. The workers held a picket outside Scholastic's corporate headquarters in Soho, New York. The union members are represented by the NewsGuild of New York and have been without a contract since May 2022, when the previous contract expired. The workers staged a "lunch out" on June 12 over the same grievances, which start with the fact that the workers have not received a wage increase since 2021.
“My voice is still hoarse from chanting,” said Alexandra Lim-Chua Wee, a union member and senior associate editor at Scholastic. “We walked out today because we want to stick to our demands. The desired outcome today is that we get a fair contract with fair wages that really reflect the work that our members have been doing over the past few years.”