After two years of sitting at the negotiating table with New York Times management, union staff at product review site Wire cutting pliers signed a collective bargaining agreement on Monday evening.
“The union won an immediate average salary increase of around $5,000, with the lowest paid members receiving an immediate 18% increase,” a press release said, calling contract is a “milestone”.
Furthermore, the Wirecutter union won out in eliminating non-disclosure agreements that “indicate harassment or discrimination.”
The deal came after the union held a multi-day Thanksgiving Day holiday strike during the site’s most lucrative time of the year, leaving the higher ranks of the newspaper scrambling scary labor to cover shifts on Black Friday weekend. (ONE New York Times A spokesperson at the time stated to The Daily Beast that mange laborers were not employed. “All regular employees were scheduled to work during this period before the strike was announced,” the spokesperson wrote.)
With contract wars behind them, the union believes the deal is a by-product of the enduring solidarity among their members.
“I am very proud of what we as a union have achieved. We not only raise the bar for our members, but for the industry as a whole. Media can be a chaotic environment, but we love what we do, so we’re arranging to make it better,” Sarah Kobos, a Wirecutter senior photo editor, told The Daily Beast.
“This contract came to fruition because each of us knew what we deserved,” added Kobos.
NewsGuild, the labor organization that represents the Wirecutter union, as well as employees at BuzzFeed and The Daily Beast, echoed this sentiment.
“Our members at Wirecutter love what they do and now they get paid for their work. This contract is a testament to the collective strength they have built and an example of what can be achieved when workers come together and claim their values,” said Susan DeCarava, owner NewsGuild president of New York, said. “We look forward to having a productive relationship with Wirecutter management in the future.”
In early December, the union Wirecutter submit an Unfair Labor Practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board about what the guild said was management withholding holiday pay as “retaliation for the strike.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/wirecutter-union-strikes-historic-deal-with-new-york-times-management?source=articles&via=rss Wirecutter Union strikes ‘historic’ deal with New York Times management