Today, we delivered to the leadership of The New York Times the names of nearly 1,300 NewsGuild member employees who have signed a pledge to continue to work remotely this week, the first week the Company wants us back in the office.
We are joined in this pledge by our colleagues
members also signed in solidarity. Though we are three separate units, we are united in our goal to make The New York Times the best place it can be for all of its workers.
More than 850 of those signatures came from the Times Guild, representing 60 percent of our membership. We will continue to produce high-quality, award-winning work, while reminding the company it cannot unilaterally change our working conditions
The Company’s “expected return” is not based on any bargained agreement with us or
. Any RTO policy, as a matter of workplace health and safety, should be a part of our negotiated contracts, alongside provisions for fair wages, equitable treatment for members & more.
is giving employees branded lunch boxes this week as a return-to-office perk. Instead of free trinkets or dictates about where we have to work, we want respect and a fair contract, without delay.
"I know you've never been more productive but my assistant needs to time your breaks, your coworkers can't brown nose me over Zoom & we're paying high rent for this space so I'm going to have to insist you return to the office even though it's an hour commute each way."