On Thursday, many
employees submitted questions to CEO
about working conditions, pay, safety in the office, and racial disparities in the company’s performance evaluations system.
guided a discussion with questions about changes to the office setup that had already been announced, where a company veteran first got his love for journalism, and who would be an ideal dinner party guest.
First, from an editor in Special Sections: In company meetings, there is no shortage of praise for our work from NYT management. But there seems to be a disconnect on what the company says and how it acts: why isn't the company willing to give us commensurate raises?
A reporter asked: I understand that a company working group has expressed concern about the findings of racial disparities in performance reviews. But your representatives at the bargaining table have continued to deflect those findings. Why do they send a different message?
A researcher asked: How will the "expected" return to office be enforced, if at all? Will card swipes be monitored? If managers allow staff to continue to work remotely — a completely sensible option for my department — will they be penalized? If so, what will the penalties be?
From a newsroom senior staff editor: The company is currently proposing killing the pension. How do you justify this, ethically, to longtime employees nearing retirement who have planned to receive one?
After an hour, CEO
closed the all-company meeting with an invitation to "keep your questions coming." If yours was met with silence, please feel free to ask it here. We hope she’ll consider responding.