Yesterday morning the New York Times and the New York Newspaper Guild convened to work on ongoing contract negotiations.
It didn’t go so well.
According to the Guild’s blog, the Times had “changed not a detail of its insulting wage proposal, offered not a dime more toward our pension and raised by just a few hairs its offer on health care.”
So the Guild representatives walked out.
The offer included an increase of $100,000 to the health care fund that the company contributes to, which the Guild called “some slight, stumbling progress, but…far behind that of most private employers its size.”
In exchange, the attorney who represents the Times in the negotiations told the Guild that the offer was “proportional to the disappointing” proposal the Guild put forth at the last negotiation session.
The drama is scheduled to resume next Wednesday when the next negotiation session takes place.