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New York Times Reporters and Editors Holding a One-Day Strike

New York Times Reporters and Editors Holding a One-Day Strike

A demonstration is planned for outside The Times building this afternoon.

A one-day strike.

The New York Times reporters and editors are currently holding a one-day strike because talks between the union and company continue to drag without any progress.

Yes, I’m quoting from The New York Times:

The contract between The Times and The New York Times Guild expired in March 2021, and about 40 bargaining sessions have been held since. Negotiators have failed to come to an agreement on salaries, health and retirement benefits, and other issues.

More than 1,100 employees signed a pledge to strike for 24 hours. The union negotiating the contract, which is part of the NewsGuild of New York, represents about 1,450 employees in the newsroom, advertising and other areas of the company. More than 1,800 people work in The Times’s newsroom.

The nonunion employees are in charge today:

In a note to the newsroom, Joe Kahn, the executive editor of The Times, said he was disappointed with the union’s decision.

“Strikes typically happen when talks deadlock. That is not where we are today,” Mr. Kahn said. “While the company and the NewsGuild remain apart on a number of issues, we continue to trade proposals and make progress toward an agreement.”

During the walkout, nonunion newsroom employees will largely be responsible for producing the news report.

“We will produce a robust report on Thursday,” Mr. Kahn wrote in his email to the newsroom. “But it will be harder than usual.”

Inflation is hitting the newspaper industry hard, along with “a slowdown in advertising.” CNN, BuzzFeed, and the Gannett newspaper chain have recently let go of many employees. I think CNN’s firings come as new CEO Chris Licht wants to clean house to make a more partisan network.

The union negotiators claimed that the employees “are struggling with inflation as the company produces healthy operating profits.”

Meredith Kopit Levien, The Times’s chief executive, reassured journalists “that investments in the news reports had resulted in high-paying, secure jobs for many journalists.”

But at the same time, the “profits had not caught up to where they were decades ago.”

The union plans on holding a demonstration in front of The Times building this afternoon.


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johnny dollar | December 8, 2022 at 8:06 am

Please strike, forever…

” I think CNN’s firings come as new CEO Chris Licht wants to clean house to make a more partisan network.” Are you sure?

Come on Times, hold out for two days.

20 years from now the NYT staff will consist of 2 middle aged women posting on Facebook.

Louis K. Bonham | December 8, 2022 at 8:12 am

Let’s hope the walkout continues. Like Kissinger’s view of the Iran-Iraq war, I want to see both sides lose.

2smartforlibs | December 8, 2022 at 8:14 am

How will we make the day without the left-wing rag that is always on the wrong side of history?

Sorry strikers, but I can’t find a way to not read the NYT any harder than I already don’t. Besides, isn’t that the whole purpose of your Great Paywall?

UnCivilServant | December 8, 2022 at 8:25 am

Since they’ll be out of the office, lock the doors and close up operations. You’ll be doing the world a favor.

Thanks for letting us know. I would never have noticed.

Ol' Jim hisself | December 8, 2022 at 8:48 am

Does anybody with a brain give two hoots?

Huh. I hadn’t noticed.

The Gentle Grizzly | December 8, 2022 at 10:08 am

One of the few instances where the Times put actions to words: their building actually IS “green”. Construction methods, lighting controls, automated window coverings, etc, making it a true marvel that while green remains comfortable.

When the Times either closes up, or moves to smaller quarters, someone will be able to buy a true marvel.

    healthguyfsu in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | December 8, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Looks pretty industrial gray to me….and I think it is an old woman, if we are still allowed to assign gender.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to healthguyfsu. | December 8, 2022 at 11:34 am

      Architectural beauty went out when people started praising boxes as architecture. I M Pei to be specific. No, the Times Building is no beauty, but it was not intended to be.

        Well, architecturally speaking, there is a nice statue of a group of bears at 5th Avenue and 79th Street.

        GG I always wondered if architects forgot how to make the beautiful buildings of the early 20th century.

          Paula in reply to tbonesays. | December 8, 2022 at 2:15 pm

          It would appear the architects went to fashion school and the clothing designers majored in architecture.

          The Gentle Grizzly in reply to tbonesays. | December 8, 2022 at 2:17 pm

          The Chrysler Building is a favorite of mine. There is another in NYC; I don’t know the name. About every ten or so storys there is a windowless section about 1.5 stories, another ten, and so on.

          Los Angeles City Hakl, of all things is also quite noteworthy.

And to think they worked so hard to get rid of their main source of readership–Trump.

Wait, if they stay on strike through Christmas where will I get tacky gift wrap for gag gifts?

Can the NYT employees direct us to the prominently placed and repetitive articles highlighting the problems with the Biden Economy they ran since Jan of ’21. The slow wage growth and rapid inflation are not a unique phenomenon applicable only to NYT employees. Perhaps this will spark a new recognition of the dangers of the policies pushed by Biden and d/prog? I won’t hold my breath for that.

The Times employs editors? Just curious, what do they do?

I pledge not to read any NYT product ever again. That is my ultimate show of support. Now, where is that tiny violin for those strikers

The amount of time I spend reading the New York Times will not change.

They should stay on strike forever

Subotai Bahadur | December 8, 2022 at 8:21 pm

One day down, hopefully at least 364 more to go.

Subotai Bahadur

I got back late.
Did I miss anything in New York that will alter the course of history forever?