New York Times employees go on 24-hour strike, first major walkout in 40 years; here’s why

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Newsroom employees and other members of The NewsGuild of New York said that they are fed up with bargaining that has dragged on since their last contract expired in March 2021.

The employees at the New York Times to go on a strike on 8 December for 24 hours after failed negotiations with the news publisher.

More than 1,100 union employees at the New York Times Co to walk out for one day after failing to negotiate a “complete and equitable contract” with the news publisher, making it first strike of its kind at the newspaper in more than 40 years.

In a tweet, the NewsGuild wrote, “Over 1100 New York Times workers are now officially on work stoppage, the first of this scale at the company in 4 decades. It’s never an easy decision to refuse to do work you love, but our members are willing to do what it takes to win a better newsroom for all.”

Why did New York Times employees go on strike?

Newsroom employees and other members of The NewsGuild of New York said that they are fed up with bargaining that has dragged on since their last contract expired in March 2021. The union announced last week that more than 1,100 employees would stage a 24-hour work stoppage starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday unless the two sides reach a contract deal.

Stacy Cowley, a finance reporter and union representative, told AP that the union is seeking 10 percent pay raises at ratification, which she said would make up for raises not received over the past two years.

She also said the union wants the contract to guarantee employees the option to work remotely some of the time, if their roles allow for it, but the company wants the right to recall workers to the office full time. Cowley said the Times has required its staff to be in office three days a week but many have been showing up less often in an informal protest.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13568 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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