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More Than 1,300 New York Times Employees Are Saying They Will Not Return to the Office

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More than 1,300 employees of The New York Times do not want to return to the office.

The New York Post noted the Times wants employees to start coming into the office three days a week.

However, as the Post pointed out, the News Guild journalists union and upper management have been involved in a bitter contract dispute over wages.

The more than 1,300 employees have reportedly pledged not to return to the office.

Editor for the Times, Tom Coffey, told the Post, “People are livid.”

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A spokesperson for the Times claims there is not a set number of days people are mandated to work in the office, as the Post reported.

“We continue to believe that a hybrid work environment best suits The New York Times at this moment,” the spokesperson said.

Coffey explained, “It’s not a mandatory three day a week return to work, per se… but they really do ‘expect’ you to be back in the office three days a week.”

According to sources with knowledge of the company’s position, management for the Times was waiting until other issues were settled before addressing wage negotiations.

Should they be angry?

Several Twitter users have weighed in on the dispute.

The Times’ Asthaa Chaturvedi tweeted, “The [NY Times] is giving employees branded lunch boxes this week as a return-to-office perk. We want respect and a fair contract instead.”

Another user wrote, “NYT Workers haven’t had a raise in over 2 years. Meanwhile A.G. Sulzberger made $3.6 million in 2021 compared to $2.4 million in 2020, and Meredith Kopit Levien made $5.8 million in 2021, up from $4.4 million in 2020.”

Sulzberger is chairman of The New York Times Company and publisher of The New York Times.

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Kopit Levien is president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company.

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Insider reported in 2021 that from late 2019 through late 2021 annual base salaries at the Times ranged from  $70,000 to $306,000, for various roles.

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