New York Times staff angry and on strike
According to their union, nearly the entire staff of The New York Times began a strike at midnight on Thursday (8 December) over a wage dispute, the first for the paper in 40 years.
All categories of staff, from reporters to other paper employees, decided to stop work for 24 hours after negotiations over wages and a collective bargaining agreement failed, according to the NewsGuild of New York newspaper union.
According to the NewsGuild of New York, one of the points of contention is the refusal of New York Times management to raise wages amid rising national and global inflation.
“More than 1,100 New York Times workers have now stopped work, the first time this has happened in four decades,” the union said on Twitter. The strike is not expected to prevent the newspaper from going to press on Friday, 9 December.
An article on the New York Times website said that “during the walkout, non-union newsroom employees will be largely responsible for producing the news.
A group of striking staff will be outside the paper’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan at around 1pm (18:00 GMT). A spokeswoman for the paper said in a statement that pay negotiations had not failed and that it was “disappointing that (employees) would resort to extreme actions when we are not at an impasse.
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