Employees at the New York Times openly protest against their employer, in solidarity to colleagues who were on strike over Thanksgiving weekend.
The Times described Wirecutter as a “product recommendation service”, offering customers trusted advice about the latest products being sold. It published an article on Thursday, the “75+ Best Black Friday Deals 2021” before the most important shopping day of season.
However, employees and Times staff reacted strongly to the Times sharing the article on Twitter.
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“100 percent of @wirecutterunion has gone on strike starting today!” Times reporter Davey Alba Exclaimed. These posts are brought to you by NYT assigning work to middle managers & freelancers instead of paying @wirecutterunion a TOTAL OF $300,000 in raises distributed across 66 PEOPLE! “NYT holds ONE BILLION DOLLARS of cash!”
Alba urged Twitter users, “Don’t click these links! Don’t shop through Wirecutter this Black Friday! “Pass it on!”
Sheera Frenkel, Times technology reporter Tweet“Just a reminder, the @wirecutterunion strike is ongoing. You will be crossing the picket lines if you click on any wirecutter link between today and Black Friday.
“[Wirecutter]Today’s strike is by employees. In solidarity, boycott the website,” Times breaking news reporter Isabella Grullón Paz similarly Write.
Wirecutter is on strike this weekend! NYT executives are a bit crazy for refusing to negotiate with Wirecutter workers and then promoting Wirecutter content. Solidarity to @wirecutterunion,” Times data engineer Sarah Duncan TweetBefore urging users on Twitter to support a GoFundMe account for the Wirecutter strike,
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Support was also shown by journalists from various news agencies and progressive activists, such as New York City’s division of Democratic Socialists of America.
Fox News was informed by a spokesperson from the Times that “the New York Times has a long tradition of productive relations with unions in order to further our mutual objectives.” We’re actively working with the Wirecutter Union to reach a collective bargaining agreement that continues to reward our employees for their work and contributions to The Times’s success, and we look forward to continuing those negotiations at the bargaining table in early December.”
Strike participants are urged to not use Wirecutter at the weekend’s busy shopping week.
The Wirecutter Union declared on its website, “After two decades of bargaining The New York Times Company continues to delay our negotiation through unfair labor practices. And wage offers that substantially underpay our employees.” Wirecutter Union members have had enough. We’re prepared to walk out during the Black Friday shopping week to win the fair contract we deserve.”
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According to the Daily Beast, on Wednesday the Times reported that it was using “casual” employees in its search for “scab labor” to continue operating its e-commerce business during the strike.
The New York Times treat workers like disposables and encourages the exact same worker exploitation as they condemn at other companies,” Sarah Kobos (Wirecutter Senior Photo Editor and Interim Vice-chair of Union) told The Beast. “We’re appalled that the Times is relying on our non-union colleagues at the TimesInstead of sitting at the table and agreeing to a single contract, it is more convenient to do overtime on holidays weekends.
The Times spokeswoman told the Beast that all casual employees had been scheduled to work for the duration of the strike announcement. She also denies the outlet’s description of “scab labor”.