Hundreds of New York Times employees, including journalists, began a 24-hour strike Thursday, the first of its kind at the newspaper in more than 40 years.
Newsroom staff and other members of The NewsGuild of New York said they had had enough of negotiations that have dragged on since their last collective bargaining agreement expired in March 2021. The union announced last week that more than 1,100 employees would hold a 24-hour work stoppage starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday unless both parties reached a contractual agreement.
The NewsGuild tweeted Thursday morning that the workers “now officially go on strike, the first of this scale at the company in 4 decades. It’s never an easy decision to say no to a job you love, but our members are willing to do whatever it takes to make a better newsroom for everyone.”
Negotiations were held on Tuesday and part of Wednesday, but both sides remained at odds on 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 ready to work for as long as it took to reach a fair agreement,” he explained, “but the board walked away from the table with five hours to go.”
“We know our worth,” the union added.
But Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokeswoman for the New York Times, said in a statement that the parties were still in negotiations when they told the company that the strike would go ahead.
This story was originally published on December 8, 2022 11:30 a.m.
Source: El Nuevo Herald