NYT guild members have ‘quiet’ protest outside Page One meeting

Newspaper Guild members at The New York Times received this notice Tuesday:

A photo (sent to us) shows the turnout. There’s also a video (via Romenesko).

Please join us at 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday for a quiet, 10-minute display of unity, around the entrances to the Page One meeting room on the third floor.

The point is to show our common dismay over contract negotiations in which management seems determined to seriously compromise our financial welfare, our access to health care and our security in retirement. We hope that senior editors who witness and understand our mutual resolve will convey the gravity of the situation to management.

Quiet protest, everybody! Sorry: (quiet protest, everybody). You can vigorously rustle your copy of the Observer, or tap out a polite tweet on your phone (keyboard clicks off, please). Participants are encouraged to stare pensively at top editors, but not in any way that could be construed as threatening. || Related: Nearly 600 Times staffers have signed an open letter to Arthur Sulzberger expressing “profound dismay” over pension freeze and health insurance changes | New York Times’ buyouts, contract negotiations show newsroom shift to Web (Poynter) | New York Times Co. Calls Union Back to Negotiations After CEO’s Departure (Bloomberg)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

     ”highers?” Which Guild were you in, exactly?

  • Anonymous

     Quiet — maybe; dignity — no way.

  • Anonymous

    That’ll show ‘em!    The Guild, to which I belonged almost 40 years, hasn’t changed a bit. It’s past time for the adults to be put in charge and for the members to start acting like professionals instead of junior highers.

  • Anonymous

    They will Get ObamaCare, what’s their issue?  
     

  • Anonymous

    The NYT is losing money big time.   They are becoming obsolete not because print is a dying medium, and it is dying, but because they publish leftist Political Propaganda which can only result in declined readership.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    The snark in this case was not only badly and weirdly targeted, it was also horribly executed. I cringed, as I do more often every time I visit this page, which I decreasingly do.

    Also, “have protest?” How about “do protest?” Or “were protesters?”

  • http://ramonasvoices.blogspot.com/ Ramona

    I’ll ignore the comments about unions not being needed in a workplace  (Since when?) and get to what stood out for me in the memo.  I realize it’s the Grey Lady here, but that memo language is straight out of the 19th century.  Who wrote that thing?  Where’s the punch?

    But go for it, folks.  Let your voices, however stilted, be heard.

  • http://ramonasvoices.blogspot.com/ Ramona

    I’ll ignore the comments about unions not being needed in a workplace  (Since when?) and get to what stood out for me in the memo.  I realize it’s the Grey Lady here, but that memo language is straight out of the 19th century.  Who wrote that thing?  Where’s the punch?

    But go for it, folks.  Let your voices, however stilted, be heard.

  • Reykjavik

    The Guild is a joke. When I was roaming the halls during the last contract negotiation, the Guild’s newsletter was posted on bulletin boards complaining that management was asking for more productivity out of employees. Guild reps used the term “speed-up” in a snarky and derisive fashion, as if it was impossible for the same number of employees, armed with some of the best technology money can buy, could possibly produce more.

    A union has no place in an industry fighting for its life and needing extreme amounts of flexibility. If delivery truck drivers making mid-six-figures isn’t a sign of a larger ill, I don’t know what is. And yes, I know the Guild doesn’t rep them, but there are still folks at NYT who have LIFETIME job guarantees. What do they think they are, public school teachers?

  • Josie LeChat

    Snark is easier than quiet dignity. There is no doubt our message was heard today.