Guild Negotiations With Times Co. Over News Service Collapse

nyt logo.jpgThe union representing New York Times staffers was hoping to convince the paper’s parent company to not relocate its Times News Service from New York to Florida. But as Keith Kelly reports today, negotiations between the newspaper publisher and the guild have collapsed.

The New York Times Co. said in November that it planned to lay off 25 people as part of its plan to move its news service, which edits Times stories for the wire, to the Florida paper it owns, The Gainesville Sun. The staff at the Sun are unionized and their salaries are cheaper, the Times reported, making it cheaper to run the service out of their offices.

But as the guild fought over seniority of those Times-ers facing layoffs earlier this month, the union also mentioned that it was in talks with the company to keep the news service in New York. The guild said it had offered the paper a plan that would save nearly $900,000 a year and 28 guild jobs.

But as Kelly said in his column today, “Last-minute talks between the Newspaper Guild and the New York Times Co….have apparently collapsed.” The Times Co. gave the guild a chance to accept its “best offer,” Kelly said.

“The hardball tactics being used by management, which had been seeking a wage reduction to just over $50,000 annually, caused this to be unworkable,” guild president William O’Meara told Kelly.

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Previously: After Arbitrator’s Ruling, Layoffs To Come To Times Later This Week