(Bloomberg) — New York Times Co. technology employees plan to walk off the job Wednesday over what they say are the newspaper publisher’s illegal efforts to stymie their unionization campaign.
Workers will stage a half-day stoppage, according to the NewsGuild of New York, the affiliate of the Communications Workers of America that the employees seek to join. They say they began discussing a walkout during a Zoom organizing committee meeting Monday, after learning that Times management is asking the government to exclude staff such as data analysts and designers from a forthcoming vote on unionization.
Tech workers play an important role at large media companies like the Times, which have had to adapt their business models to serve online audiences and advertisers. An escalation in the dispute there could inspire similar activism by nonunion tech staff elsewhere.