New York Times Staff Begin 24-Hour Strike in First Work Stoppage Since the 1970s

The paper’s union employees have been working without a new contract for nearly 2 years

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After nearly 2 years without a new contract, unionized New York Times staff members have kicked off a 24-hour-long strike after the paper’s management ceased participating in negotiations. The strike began at midnight, Eastern time on Thursday morning.

The strike is the first work stoppage involving New York Times employees since the 1970s — though staffers staged a lunchtime walkout in 2017 in response to possible layoffs.

The New York Times Guild indicated the strike was inevitable at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, an outcome they said was squarely the fault of management.

“Today we were ready to work for as long as it took to reach a fair deal, but management walked away from the table with five hours to go. It’s official: @NYTimesGuild members are walking out for 24 hours on Thursday. We know what we’re worth,”