Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Staffers Rip NYT on YouTube

Photo by Luiz C. Ribeiro

In another blistering shot at New York Times Co. Chairman Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger, the Newspaper Guild has released a slick video in which newsroom veterans blast the paper’s plan to freeze the pension plan and dole out minuscule pay hikes.

New York Times Co. Chairman Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger
The nearly six-minute video comes as representatives of the Times and the Guild are slated to meet today in a bid to try and make some progress in the talks.

The unionized reporters and editors at the Times have been without a contract for more than a year.

The Times, after initially demanding a three-year wage freeze, is now offering a one-year freeze and 1 percent pay hikes in years two and three.

The Times has been looking to freeze the current defined benefit plan and move to a 401(k) plan.
Veteran science reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr.

“Three hundred and fifty thousand dollars, as far as I’m concerned, is worth risking a strike over,” said McNeil.

A Times spokeswoman refused comment on the video.

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