New York Times employees rebel, pushing holiday weekend boycott of their Wirecutter service in mid-strike

New York Times staff openly rebel against their employer in solidarity with colleagues who went on strike over Thanksgiving weekend.

Wirecutter, which the Times describes as its “product recommendation service” offering consumers reliable advice on the latest items being sold, on Thursday released an article on “75+ Best Early Black Friday Deals for 2021” ahead of the season’s biggest shopping day.

But when the Times shared the article on Twitter, the newspaper faced a significant setback, including from several employees.

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“100 PERCENT of @wirecutterunion are on strike from today!” Times reporter Davey Alba burst out. These posts are brought to you by NYT allocating work to middle managers and freelancers instead of paying @wirecutterunion a total of $ 300,000 in salary increases spread over 66 PERSONS! NEW has ONE BILLION DOLLARS in cash! “

Alba urged Twitter users: “Do not click on these links! Do not trade through Wirecutter this Black Friday! Pass it on!”

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Times tech reporter Sheera Frenkel tweeted, “Just a reminder that @wirecutterunion is on strike. If you click on all wirecutter links from today to Black Friday, the strike will cross.”

“I support my colleagues at Wirecutter, who are on strike this weekend,” Times tech reporter Kate Conger expressed.

“[Wirecutter] employees are on strike today. In solidarity, boycott the website, “writes Times breaking news reporter Isabella Grull√≥n Paz in the same way wrote.

“Do not use Wirecutter this weekend while on strike! The audacity of the NYT leaders to refuse to negotiate with Wirecutter workers, and then promote Wirecutter content. Solidarity with @wirecutterunion,” Times Data Engineer Sarah Duncan tweeted before urging Twitter users to donate to a GoFundMe campaign dedicated to the Wirecutter strike.

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Journalists from other news organizations as well as progressive activists such as the New York City branch of the Democratic Socialists of America also expressed support for the Wirecutter staff.

A spokesman for the Times told Fox News: “The New York Times has a long history of productive relations with unions to advance our common goals. We are actively working with the Wirecutter Union to reach a collective agreement that continues to reward our staff for their work and contribution to The Times’ success, and we look forward to continuing these negotiations at the negotiating table in early December. “

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The strike, which is set to continue on Monday, urges the public to “not cross the digital strike line” by not using Wirecutter during the busy shopping weekend.

“After two years of negotiations, The New York Times Company has continued to delay our negotiations through unfair work practices and wage offers that significantly underpay our staff,” the Wirecutter Union stated on its website. “We, members of the Wirecutter Union, are tired. We are ready to go out during Black Friday shopping week to win the fair contract we deserve.”

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On Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported that the Times was recruiting “scurvy” labor to keep its e-commerce department running during the strike by relying on “random employees”.

“The New York Times treats workers as if they are useless and engaging in exactly the kind of labor exploitation they have condemned in other companies,” Wirecutter senior photo editor and interim union vice president Sarah Kobos told The Beast. “We are shocked that the Times trusts our non-union colleagues Times to work over a holiday weekend instead of sitting at the table with us and hammering out a contract once and for all. “

A Times spokesman told Beast, “All casual workers were scheduled to work during this period before the strike was announced,” dismissing the business’s characteristic of the use of “crust” labor.

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