NewsGuild Rejects Time Inc. Contract

A mess gets messier.

The NewsGuild of New York has rejected the latest contract proposal from Time Inc. The contract would’ve covered staffers for SI, People, Time, Fortune and Money.

To make things more complicated, both sides are fighting over how many people voted. The NewsGuild said that the contract was rejected by an “overwhelming majority” of those voting. Time Inc., however, countered that voter turnout was low.

Our understanding is that only 15 percent of the Guild membership voted to reject our offer,” said Time Inc. executive vp and chief of human resources Greg Giangrande. “That’s a miniscule minority not an overwhelming majority.”

Time Inc. NewsGuild have been working without a contract since the summer of 2014.