Members of New York Times union fight back over fee hikes

The News Guild of New York is operating out of cash even because it succeeds in its recent organizing drives. And now it’s getting pushback on its plans to lift cash by climbing membership charges.

According to Vanity Fair’s The Hive, the union behind recent unionization drives on the Daily News, Forbes, Buzzfeed, Quartz and NBC Digital has run down its reserves. Back in 2017, there have been $11 million in reserves, however as of final yr it dwindled to $5 million.

The union in 2020 ran a deficit of $1.5 million,, based on the report.

Now the Guild desires to push by a value hike that shall be borne by the 2 greatest organizations in its fold: the New York Times, which counts 1,400 Guild members between the newsroom and the enterprise aspect, and Reuters. Some members are pushing back, together with at The Times.

“The Guild basically wants Times employees to underwrite the revolution,” based on one nameless supply quoted within the piece.

Times reporter Nicholas Confessore reportedly circulated an analogous e mail message to Guild members. “It is not clear to me why the Guild has been deficit spending at such a high burn rate for so long and is only now seeking to bring income in line with expenses. Fundamentally, I think this is about asking current members to underwrite the costs of growing the Guild,” he stated.

Some are blaming present president Susan DeCarva forward of a June 1 vote on the dues hike.

“I’m deeply uncomfortable with the way that Susan and the Executive Council has pursued this and the questions raised about our current strategy of organizing,” NYT sports activities reporter Michael Powell reportedly wrote in an e mail that landed within the inbox of VF’s Joe Pompeo after circulating amongst Times Guild members.

The Thomson Reuters logo is seen on the company building
The Thomson Reuters emblem is seen on the corporate constructing in Times Square. The newsroom is bracing for union dues to be hiked.

“This is not to lay all these problems at Susan’s feet—The Guild’s structural financial problems stretch back at least seven years, and through three administrations,” the e-mail reportedly stated. “But she chose to increase Guild staff…and to fire up organizing in many shops.… Susan has real strengths.… She has a muscular sense of where we are headed and the training and organization she has implemented are terrific. But married to those strengths is an in-your-face style that has not served her well.”

Powell in his observe to NYT staffers supplied that he thinks the Guild is planning a strike at Conde Nast, the place it represents The New Yorker, Pitchfork, Ars Technica and Wired and the place it has staged someday strikes prior to now.

Part of the issue is that the Guild doesn’t acquire dues till it secures a brand new contract, and plenty of corporations stall negotiations for years as soon as a present contract expires. The Times itself had its contract for 1,400 members expire in March. It’s in the midst of negotiations for a brand new contract.

As an instance: Guild members of Mashable, PC Magazine and, all half of J2 Media, voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to authorize a strike. The firm voluntarily acknowledged the Guild because the bargaining agent in late 2018, however the firm and the union have but to come back to phrases.

A spokesman for the News Guild stated that the 58 member government committee representing the unions 42 bargaining items unanimously voted to for the primary ever revision within the dues construction within the union’s historical past.

“The NewsGuild of New York believes deeply in building and sustaining a strong and active union,” the spokesman stated. “This is an opportunity to set the direction for our union for decades to come.”

The debate comes because the Guild faces competitors from the Writers Guild of America East, which at one time represented primarily TV and film writers. In 2020, the Writers Guild received an election to signify almost 300 editorial staff at Hearst Magazines, the writer of Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar.

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