NEW Wirecutter employees announce strike through Cyber ​​Monday

New York Times’ Wirecutter staff announced they would go on strike from Black Friday to Cyber ​​Monday to protest contract negotiations.

The four-day period is one of the busiest stretches of the year for the product review site owned by The New York Times.

The 65 unionized employees want a wage increase of 2.5 percent each year and higher minimum wage, while The New York Times has only offered merit-based wages and a guarantee of a wage increase of 1 percent each year. It told Nick Guy, the leader of the Wirecutter Union unit Wall Street Journal.

“The last two years of negotiations have only strengthened what our unit is worth. Wirecutter is making a significant contribution to the Times’ solid bottom line, and that number is growing as we reach a much larger audience and increase our revenue with subscriptions,” said Guy. .

The union also urges consumers to boycott the website on Cyber ​​Monday to support their efforts.

In a statement to The Hill, the New York Times said it has “a long history of productive relations with trade unions to further our common goals. “

“We are actively working with the Wirecutter Union to reach a collective agreement that continues to reward our employees for their work and contribution to The Times’ success, and we look forward to continuing these negotiations at the negotiating table at the beginning of December, “said Danielle Rhoades Ha, vice president of communications at the Times.

The New York Times reported $ 93 million in adjusted operating income of $ 499 million in revenue in the second quarter of 2021.

The Wirecutter Union set up a GoFundMe with the goal of raising $ 25,000 to compensate for the missing wages with the strike. Guy said he had raised more than $ 35,000 as of Thursday morning.

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