Why are New York Times staff on strike?

The NEW York Times faced opposition when several of its employees went on a company-wide strike.

Editorial, advertising, operations and security staff are boycotting the point of sale.

In response to disputes over compensation and benefits, New York Times employees staged a strike


In response to disputes over compensation and benefits, New York Times employees staged a strikePhoto credit: Reuters

Why are New York Times staff on strike?

On December 8, 2022, employees of The New York Times from a number of its different departments went on strike.

When the boycott began on Thursday, employees cited failed contract negotiations as the reason for the strike.

The company and its counterpart union have been unable to agree on matters such as wages, healthcare and pensions.

Over 1,100 valued employees signed the pledge to boycott for 24 hours.

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On Wednesday 7 December, the union took to Twitter and stated: “Today we were willing to work until we reached a fair settlement but management left the table five hours before closing time.

“Your wage proposal still falls short of the economic moment and lags far behind both inflation and the average US wage increase rate.

“It’s official: @NYTimesGuild members are going out for 24 hours on Thursday. We know what we’re worth.

“This contract is more than an investment in us. This is an investment in the future of @nytimes. This is an investment in the public we all serve.”

The guild further tweeted, “Over 1,100 New York Times workers are now officially on walkout, the first of this magnitude at the company in 4 decades.

“It’s never an easy decision to turn down the work you love, but our members are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve a better newsroom for all. #GuildStrong!”

The publisher’s CEO, Meredith Kopit Levien, responded to the strike in a company-wide email.

She said of staff, “It is disappointing that they are taking such drastic action given the clear commitment we have shown to negotiate a deal that offers The Times journalists significant pay rises, market-leading benefits and flexible working arrangements.”

New York Times employees protested the company over failed negotiations over pay, health and retirement


New York Times employees protested the company over failed negotiations over pay, health and retirementPhoto credit: Reuters

Speaking to the Washington Post, NYT film critic AO Scott said of the compensation dispute: “Here it feels more than just a matter of disagreement over numbers, it really feels like a slap in the face.

“We have devoted so much time, energy, work and love to this paper that it seems unwilling to recognize or reward this contribution.”

Previous instances of New York Times staffers protesting were in 2017 and 1978.

Who Owns The New York Times?

The New York Times was founded in 1851 by Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones.

The magazine first came into circulation on September 18 of the aforementioned year.

The publication is operated under a publicly traded mass media organization of the same name.

The CEO of the company is AG Sulzberger, he is the fifth generation of the family to run the newspaper.

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He acquired the position after his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., completed his tenure on December 31, 2020 and passed it on to the AG.

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