More than 1,100 union members at the New York Times Co. were set to go on strike for 24 hours on Thursday when negotiations with the news organization failed to succeed in reaching a “complete and equitable contract” with the workers on Tuesday.
The NYTimes NewsGuild last week had pledged to walk out on Dec. 8 if a contract was not reached by then that could “keep up with inflation” as well as preserve and enhance health insurance and retirement benefits that were promised during hiring. That’s according to a letter signed by more than one thousand union members last week.
The union said that the Times Co. was refusing to meet for additional negotiating sessions to resolve the contract dispute by Thursday.
But the company countered in an email to Reuters that union’s claims were inaccurate and negotiations were ongoing.
A Thursday walkout would be the first full-day work stoppage at the 171-year-old newspaper since the 1970s.