Aug 19, 2022 | News Story

TIME Union Ratifies Historic Contract with Company

TIME Union workers have voted unanimously to ratify a new contract, a historic agreement that covers all TIME editorial employees without any divisions among the print and digital sides of TIME or TIME for Kids. The deal was finalized on July 21and ratified this week. The union of more than 80 employees is represented by The NewsGuild of New York. The TIME digital and TIME for Kids workers organized in 2019, joining their print editorial colleagues who have been unionized for 80 years.

The agreement sets a salary floor of $60,000—a figure that will rise to $63,000 on March 1, 2023—and has some of the strongest equity, diversity, and inclusion language in the journalism industry. These provisions will help ensure that TIME is able to hire and support a diverse staff from a variety of backgrounds.

This new contract is the first Guild contract to secure language protecting reproductive and gender-affirming health care. The contract further protects the workers’ paid time off and retirement benefits, and limits increases to their medical premiums and deductibles. Its provisions also ban the use of NDAs in cases of sexual harassment or discrimination.

“As I said at our May rally, our solidarity is our strength and our unity is unbreakable,” says Jennifer Schiavone, TIME Union secretary. “We have won the best contract TIME Union has seen in decades, which is a testament to each and every one of our members. All of us standing side by side is what got us to where we are.” Read more here.