Hundreds of New York Times journalists threaten strike Thursday
Hundreds of New York Times journalists threaten strike starting Thursday if the company does not reach an agreement with your union.
“While they could have focused on bargaining, @nytimes is focused on preparing to minimize the impact of a strike rather than making a good faith effort to avoid one,” the New York Times Guild wrote in a statement. statement posted on Twitter.
The publication alleges that union members “are being directed to work overtime before Thursday to ensure the job gets done.”
“To add insult to injury, the company announced that plans to reduce the pay of members participating in the strikethe union said.
The Times union is planning a demonstration outside the newspaper’s global offices in Manhattan on Thursday.in which several of the company’s main journalists will participate and speak.
“While we are disappointed that the NewsGuild is threatening to attack, we are prepared to ensure that The Times continues to serve our readers without interruption,” the Times said in a statement to The Hill on Wednesday.
“We remain committed to working with the NYT NewsGuild to reach a contract we can all be proud of. Our current salary proposal offers significant increases. Most bargaining unit members would earn 50 percent or more in additional revenue over the life of the new contract than if they had continued the old contract. Additionally, our complementary retirement and medical offerings offer the best sustainable options for Guild members.”
The Times Company and its workers union have been negotiating a contract for a month with a host of issues hampering talks, including employee pay and benefits.
Another recent point of contention between the Times and its employees is return-to-office procedures. In September, the Times workers union sent a letter to news organization leaders with the names of nearly 1,300 NewsGuild employee members who signed a pledge to continue working remotely.
On Tuesday night, Cliff Levy, deputy managing editor of the Times, sent a note to staff represented by the NYT NewsGuild after negotiations concluded for the day.
“We hope that these important moves by the company today will drive negotiations forward, and obviously we are not done negotiating,” Levy wrote in the note, which was obtained by The Hill.
“As such, the NewsGuild’s decision to call a strike is so baffling. This approach usually occurs when the two parties have come to an impasse, but that clearly hasn’t happened,” he adds.
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