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New York Times Workers Hold 24-Hour Strike, Demand Pay Increase

Strike at The New York Times

More than a thousand workers from the middle union started a strike in The New York Times from the first minute of this Thursday, which will last 24 hours, after a renegotiation of the collective bargaining agreement failed, in which they ask for a salary increase, among other issues.   

"Over the past 20 months we have asked the management of The New York Times, time and time again, to negotiate in good faith a new union contract and to provide employees with our fair share of the revenue the company has earned from all our hard work." and diligent work. Their responses have led us to a 24-hour strike," the union said in an open letter to the newspaper's readers.

In the text, it is highlighted that the strike was not a decision taken lightly and that "the fight to guarantee a decent wage for the most vulnerable of us and a fair remuneration for all, for evaluations free of racial prejudice and to protect our Healthcare really has to do with the future of journalism at The New York Times." 

The workers stressed that without these protections and benefits, their journalism suffers while their newsroom will lag behind those of their competitors. 

They said the company can afford to invest in its employees, despite management fearmongering, as the company is on track to earn an annual operating profit of at least $320 million, and has approved a $150 million share buyback. to investors.

"We sincerely hoped that this stoppage would be avoided, but management has refused to enter into an intensive negotiation with us to reach a fair agreement and avoid the stoppage," they said.

Similarly, they called on readers not to consume any content from the medium while the strike persists.

"While New York Times workers have left their jobs, we ask that you not participate in any New York Times content on any of the company's platforms, including reading and sharing stories, using company apps, or playing games. to New York Times games like Wordle, Spelling Bee, and crossword puzzles." 

Finally, they detailed that they are committed to getting the union contract that all workers deserve, "one that truly values our work, and we appreciate your support in this fight."

“We hope to return to our jobs tomorrow and continue to offer you excellent journalism. Everyone benefits when workers get a fair deal, and that's why we're fighting. We are fighting," they said.

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Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.


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