Worker cutters are asking us to resist the temptation to make their own nice deals this Black Friday weekend and boycott the site. Warcatter Union Announced today In protest of the New York Times management, every member of its unit has agreed to quit Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. Accused Bringing foot in the negotiation of the agreement. The Times-owned product review vertical (previously a separate company acquired by the Times in 2016) formed a union in 2019 but has not yet reached a joint bargaining agreement.
Worker, along with the Times Guild and the Times Tech Guild (all represented by Newsgild), rallied outside the New York Times office last week to protest alleged bad-faith bargaining and unfair labor practices. In June 2021, Newsgild has filed Allegations of unfair labor practices against the New York Times, accusing it of “integrated union-busting” The campaign, “prevented about 650 non-unionized technicians from showing union support and questioning their position.
The key sticking points in the Warcatter negotiations are the union’s desired minimum wage of $ 58,000 and a three-Percentage annual salary increase. Nick Guy, chairman of the Warcatters union, told Gizmodo by phone that after the rally, the Times recently increased its annual salary increase offer from .5 per cent to 1 per cent, with eligibility-based increase options. He reported that, since Walk-out Preparations were announced two weeks ago, with Union Times managing to offer nine bargaining dates before Black Friday. All, Guy said, has been rejected.
Waycatter union members are paid much less than their newsroom counterparts, Guy said, claiming that the median Warkatter union pays $ 43,000 less than members of the Times Guild (i.e. news journalists).
“Our table says, at least once, ‘You don’t do the work of the New York Times,'” Guy said. “It’s something that really stuck with us because we know we do. We know that Warcatter bought the Times because it was a New York Times-quality work. We know that our work is occasionally featured in print with our newsroom colleagues, and it is featured on nytimes.com every single day. “
The union is not even asking the newsroom to match salaries, Guy said. Only their salaries “represent more than the price we brought to the Times.”
In an email to Gizmodo, a New York Times spokesman wrote, “We are actively working to reach a joint bargaining agreement with the Warcatters Union that rewards our employees for their work and contributions to The Times, and we look forward to it.” Continuing that discussion at the bargaining table. “They added that Times Management had offered Workcatter dates in December but had not resolved follow-up questions about Warcatter’s offer to bargain on Black Friday or before the big pay gap.
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