Monday, July 23, 2012
NY Times blows up contract talks with Guild
On July 17, 2012, after months of contract negotiations with the Newspaper Guild of New York, Times management blew up talks. The inexplicable move is aimed at forcing The Time's "last best" offer on members. The draconian and rarely used tactic - called "impasse" - would undo 17 months of negotiations. Times management proposed dividing the Guild's bargaining unit in two. If impasse is declared, the Guild would challenge the move at the National Labor Relations Board. A strike authorization vote, members' only other recourse, is another option. Guild members Henry Fountain, Andrew Martin, Clay Risen, Dan Witter, Nadia Taha, Hilary Howard and Jim Dwyer explain what's at risk.