New York Times workers openly revolt against their employer in solidarity with colleagues who went on strike over Thanksgiving weekend.
Wirecutter, which The Times describes as its “product recommendation service” providing consumers with reliable advice on the latest merchandise sold, on Thursday published an article on the “75+ Best Black Friday Deals Anticipated for 2021” ahead of the biggest shopping day of the season. .
However, when The Times shared the story on Twitter, the newspaper faced significant backlash, especially from several employees.
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“100% of @wirecutterunion are ON STRIKE as of today!” Times reporter Davey Alba exclaimed. These posts are brought to you by the NYT which assigns work to middle managers and freelancers instead of paying @wirecutterunion a TOTAL of $ 300,000 in increments spread over 66 PEOPLE! NYT has A BILLION DOLLARS in cash! “
Alba urged Twitter users, “Don’t click on those links! Don’t buy through Wirecutter this Black Friday! Pass it through!”
Times tech reporter Sheera Frenkel tweeted, “Just a reminder that @wirecutterunion is on strike. Clicking on any cut-off link from today until Black Friday is crossing the picket line.”
“I support my colleagues at Wirecutter, who are on strike this weekend,” said Kate Conger, technical reporter for The Times. Express.
“[Wirecutter] the employees are on strike today. In solidarity, boycott the website, “said Isabella Grullón Paz, a late-breaking Times reporter. wrote.
“Don’t use Wirecutter this weekend while they’re on strike! The audacity of NYT executives to refuse to negotiate with Wirecutter employees and then promote Wirecutter content. Solidarity with @wirecutterunion ”, Sarah Duncan, Times Data Engineer. tweeted before urging Twitter users to donate to a GoFundMe campaign dedicated to the Wirecutter strike.
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Journalists from other news outlets as well as progressive activists like the New York branch of the Democratic Socialists of America have also expressed support for Wirecutter employees.
A Times spokesperson told Fox News: “The New York Times has a long history of productive relationships with unions to advance our common goals. We are actively working with the Wirecutter Union to achieve a collective agreement that continues to reward our employees. for their work and contribution to the success of The Times, and we look forward to continuing these negotiations at the bargaining table in early December. “
The strike, which is due to last until Monday, urges the public to “not cross the digital picket line” by not using Wirecutter during the busy shopping weekend.
“After two years of negotiations, The New York Times Company continued to delay our negotiations due to unfair labor practices and wage offers that significantly underpay our staff,” the Wirecutter Union said on its website. “We in the Wirecutter Union are fed up. We’re ready to go out during Black Friday shopping week to win the fair deal we deserve.”
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On Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported that The Times was recruiting “strike breakers” to keep its e-commerce division operating during the strike by relying on “casual workers.”
“The New York Times treats workers as if they are expendable and is doing exactly the kind of exploitation of workers they have condemned in other companies,” Wirecutter and vice chief photo editor told The Beast. – Acting union president Sarah Kobos. “We are appalled that The Times is counting on our non-union colleagues at the Times to work overtime on a statutory holiday weekend rather than sit at the table with us and make a contract once and for all. “
A spokesperson for the Times told the Beast that “All casual workers had to work during this period before the strike was announced” and denied the point of sale’s characterization of the use of labor. “strike breakers”.