The New York Times Guild has declared that more than 1,100 union members will go on strike this coming Thursday after contract negotiations broke down.
The union tweeted late Wednesday that it was prepared to negotiate for as long as it takes to get a fair contract but that management had walked away from the table with five hours remaining.
Officially, on Thursday, members of the [New York Times Guild] will go on strike for a whole day. That’s how much we’re worth, and we’re not afraid to ask for it.
More than 20 months have passed since the union and Times management first began bargaining.
Unless a contract is reached tonight at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, the guild has threatened to strike for the first time in 40 years.
Workers at the Times have a union because management wants to reduce health care contributions and get rid of starting salaries for new employees.
Meanwhile, management remained “locked on tiny salary increases,” according to the union.
The action marks the first time Times employees have gone on strike since the 1980s and coincides with a national trend toward unionization in the news industry.
We’re asking you to join us on the digital picket line tomorrow by not using any [New York Times] services.
The organization said in a tweet. Keep up with the news in your area. Tune into the public radio. Get the recipe book out of the cabinet.
Stop the Wordle streak you’re on. Protesters from the New York Times Guild plan to gather on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in front of the Times Building on Eighth Avenue.
Source: NY Daily News