Washington Post Union Authorizes One-Day Walkout Next Week

The 24-hour strike will include a picket line outside the Washington Post offices 

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The Washington Post Guild has authorized a one-day walkout for next Thursday to protest the company’s unwillingness to bargain over a new contract in good faith. 

Semafor first broke the news that a walkout was possible on Thursday, saying that at least 640 staffers signed on to the work stoppage. The Washington Post Guild was looking to secure 700 signatures, which was reached on Friday and reported by The New York Times. 

The walkout will include a picket line outside the office on Thursday. 

The protest comes as the Washington Post said that layoffs are coming by the end of the year if staffers do not agree to buyouts. The outlet seeks to cut 240 jobs across its newsroom and will resort to involuntary layoffs if necessary. 

Washington Post games reporter Gene Park posted on X that he would participate in the walkout instead of covering “The Game Awards,” live on Thursday as originally planned, “In solidarity with my union family.” 

“I do have other coverage planned on other days, but Dec. 7 will be a blackout,” he wrote. 

The Washington Post is not the only major publication to organize against management in a strike. Just last December, the New York Times staff held a 24-hour walkout after the paper’s management ceased participating in negotiations. 


One response to “Washington Post Union Authorizes One-Day Walkout Next Week”

  1. Erik Mason Avatar
    Erik Mason

    Wow, Gene Park is going to remain silent and not report on the Game Awards…This has got to be the most fantastic non-event of the twenty first century…I’m sure the devastation felt across the fruited plain is palpable…

    Unions for journalists..?

    What a joke…

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