‘Village Voice’ Avoids Strike

Staffers had planned a walkout over salary and benefits

The show will go on . . . for now. Village Voice staffers have reached a tentative agreement with management, staving off a threatened strike this weekend over salary cuts and declining benefits. 

"We have reached a tentative agreement that is going to be presented to the membership for their approval in the morning," Graham A. Rayman, Village Voice staff writer and union spokesperson wrote in a statement early Friday. 

Rayman said he could not discuss the terms until the offer has been presented to the membership.

Editor-in-chief Tony Ortega told the Washington Post, “Our number one concern was that the Voice employees join the same healthcare plan as the rest of the company. Their top concern seemed to be that VVM continue to pay their health premiums. Both of those things happened.”

Although prepared to strike, Voice staffers were hardly about to stop working—they were just not going to let the newspaper benefit from it.

In the case of a strike, Village Voice Media employees had planned to keep producing content and post it to a Tumblr page, where Village Voice Media can’t sell ads.

In a short period of time the page had already gained scores of followers and reblogs.