Wednesday, February 8, 2023

New York Times employees hold 24-hour strike

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Hundreds of New York Times employees, including journalists, began a 24-hour walkout Thursday, the first of its kind at the newspaper in more than 40 years.

Newsroom employees and other members of The Newsguild of New York said they had had enough of the negotiations that have been going on since their last collective bargaining agreement expired in March 2021. The union announced last week that more than 1,100 workers would work 24 hours a day. The stoppage will be in place from 12:01 am on Thursday until both parties reach a contractual agreement.

NewsGuild tweeted Thursday morning that employees “are now officially going on strike, the first of this scale in 4 decades at the company. Saying no to a job you love is never an easy decision, but our members Willing to do whatever it takes to create a better newsroom for everyone.”

Talks were held Tuesday and Wednesday, but the two sides remained at odds over issues including wages, remote work policies and the company’s employee evaluation system, which the union says is vulnerable to racial bias.

On Wednesday night, the union reported via Twitter that no agreement had been reached and that the strike would begin.

“We were prepared to work long hours to reach a reasonable agreement,” he explained, “but the board walked away with five hours to go.”

The union said, ‘We know our worth.

But Danielle Rhodes Ha, a New York Times spokeswoman, said in a statement that the parties were still negotiating when she told the company that the strike would continue.

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