Thursday, 2 February, 2023

New York Times faces first major walkout since 1970s

The New York Times is facing its first major work stoppage since the 1970s, after staff demanding better pay and benefits declared a 24-hour walkout.

The firm said it was disappointed by the decision but was prepared to serve readers "without disruption".

The stand-off comes at a time of heightened labour unrest in the US, as the cost of living continues to rise.

Union members say the company can afford their demands, despite challenges in the wider news business.

More than 1,100 union members are planning to participate in the 8 December walkout, including big names such as film critic AO Scott.

At the end of 2021, the New York Times employed about 5,000 people, including more than 2,000 in journalism operations.

The union said it would leave some departments with nearly no one at work - though some units will be less affected.

International staff, for example, are not part of the union, which means the World Cup coverage that has been dominating sports news is unaffected, Mr Draper said.