The labor negotiations between Time Inc. and its staffers are not going well. More than 200 unionized Time Inc. employees have rejected Time Inc.’s “last, best and final” offer, according to the Newspaper Guild of New York.
In a rather bold statement, Bill O’Meara, president of the Guild, described some of Time Inc’s offer as “not only outrageous, but illegal.” The union claims that the contract would cut benefits and pay, as well as outsource 60 full-time jobs and 100 part-time jobs.
“Time Inc.’s proposal to hollow out its own company was voted down by its employees in a nearly unanimous vote because it is simply not acceptable,” said O’Meara. “Management wants the ability to send 160 editorial jobs overseas, which would be a massive blow to some of the nation’s most important and respected magazines. Many of Time Inc.’s proposals are not only outrageous, but illegal.”
Last month, Time Inc. stated that the union needed to recognize “the new realities of the media industry, which has changed dramatically and continues to rapidly evolve.”