More than 1,000 New York Times employees walked off the job Thursday after talks for a new contract broke down, marking the first time in decades that the Gray Lady has been hit with a work stoppage.
Times employees who are members of the New York NewsGuild — including reporters, editors and photographers — held up signs and handed out flyers to passers-by outside the newspaper’s offices in Midtown Manhattan.
However, two prominent Times reporters declined to participate in the 24-hour work stoppage, according to a report.
Peter Baker, the Gray Lady’s chief White House correspondent, and Michael Shear, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who also covers the White House, declined to join their brothers, according to Semafor.
When contacted by the Post, Baker and Shear declined to comment.
The Times website was still being updated Thursday by a team of stripped-down editors, who published a story about the US-Russia prisoner swap that freed WNBA star Brittney Griner.
The story of Griner’s release was written by Shear and Baker.
Last year, Shear signed a letter written by dozens of Times reporters – including award-winning reporters such as Maggie Haberman, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey – protesting New York’s NewsGuild’s decision to raise dues. unions for members earning more than $140,000 a year, according to The Daily Beast.
In anticipation of the walkout, some Times editors rushed last week to learn the basics of web and print publishing operations, according to Semafor.
In an email to the newsroom, Times editor Joe Kahn said Thursday’s report would be “robust” but producing it “will be more difficult than usual”, the newspaper reported. in his own article on the strike.
Unionized workers walked off the job – the first work stoppage at the newspaper in four decades – after negotiations between the union and management for a new collective bargaining agreement failed to produce an agreement. The main sticking points revolve around annual increases, as well as health and pension benefits.
The union, citing the growing number of subscriptions, is asking management to give workers an 8% annual raise over the term of a new contract.
The two sides are also far apart on issues such as remote working policies and the company’s employee evaluation system.
Shares of The New York Times Company were trading down about 1% as of 2 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday.
The NewsGuild said via Twitter that “management pulled out of the table with five hours to go” ahead of the scheduled strike.
“It’s never an easy decision to refuse to do work you love, but our members are ready to do what it takes to win a better newsroom for all,” The NewsGuild tweeted. “We know what we are worth.”
New York Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said in a statement that the parties were still negotiating when the company was notified the strike was underway.
“It’s disappointing that they’re taking such an extreme step when we’re not at an impasse,” she said.
The Times, which has grown its subscriber base in recent years, forecast adjusted operating profit of between $320 million and $330 million for 2022 in its latest earnings report.
However, Times chief executive Meredith Kopit Levien said in a company-wide email that profits are still not what they were a decade ago, the Times reported.
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