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