I don’t read or subscribe to the NYT (they are garbage, just ask Baud) but I do Wordle first thing every morning. Of course, I hate the NYT for buying Wordle and junking it up with “sign in to blah blah blah” and plastering their name over all of it, but I still Wordle.
It has been a (small) struggle for me not to Wordle this morning as that’s how I start my day. But I think it’s important to support the employees, so I am not going to Wordle today, even though that means losing my streak. You know they are going to use that as a simple measure of whether anyone gives a shit about the strike. They are going to look at the usual number of Wordler’s every day and compare it to today’s numbers.
In case you missed it:
Following months of unsuccessful negotiations over wages, pension plan changes, reduced company health care contributions and other key issues, journalists and other employees at the New York Times are staging a large-scale walkout. The 24-hour strike by more than a thousand members started just after midnight after negotiations stalled over wages, remote work, and proposed changes to the pension plan.
Will the walkout help? I have no idea.
Reporters won’t write stories or interview sources. Photojournalists will stay home. And if a spate of unsavory language breaks out in the online comments thread posted below a New York Times story, there might not be anyone on hand to delete it.
That’s the expected scenario at the Times on Thursday, after more than 1,100 employees began a day-long work stoppage at midnight in one of the most dramatic labor disputes at the company in decades.
Members of the New York Times Guild — the union that covers about 1,400 Times workers, including non-newsroom departments such as advertising and security — have said the walkout is the culmination of months of frustration over contract negotiations on a range of issues, particularly compensation. The previous employee contract expired in March 2021. In a letter to members this week, union organizers wrote that “we cannot get to a deal until the company makes wage and benefit proposals that truly share the company’s gains with its employees.” They accused the company Wednesday evening of failing to “bargain in good faith.”
So… who’s crossing the picket line to Wordle or do anything else NYT between midnight last night and midnight tonight?
Does this strike matter in the larger scheme of things?
Totally open thread.
Update: h/t Mr. Potato
— Neil Steinberg (@NeilSteinberg) December 8, 2022