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More than a thousand New York Times journalists strike for 24 hours

More than a thousand New York Times journalists began a 24-hour strike on Thursday to demand better working conditions, after the union The NewsGuild of New York and the paper’s management could not reach an agreement.

Writers, editors at the outlet, as well as other members of The NewsGuild of New York have indicated they are tired of the negotiations that have dragged on since their last contract expired in March 2021.

As a result, more than 1,100 employees signed a 24-hour strike commitment, according to a union statement.

According to an article published today by The Time, the newspaper and the union have held about 40 meetings since the spring of 2021, but negotiators have been unable to reach an agreement on wages, health coverage and retirement, in a country where both health and retirement are in private hands.

The latest round of negotiations took place on Tuesday and part of Wednesday, but last night the union said via Twitter that no agreement had been reached.

“We were ready to work for as long as it took to reach a fair deal, but the (media) management team walked away from the table with five hours to go,” The NewsGuild said in a tweet .

In a note to the newsroom, Joe Kahn, executive editor of The Times, said he was disappointed with the union’s decision.

“Strikes often occur when negotiations break down. That is not where we are today. Although the company and NewsGuild remain separated on a number of issues, we continue to exchange proposals and move toward an agreement,” Kahn said in statements published by The Times.

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NewsGuild also took to social media to encourage readers not to read the tabloid or play its hobbies today, announcing a “picket” at 1pm local time (5pm GMT).

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