Insider Workers Go on Strike for a Fair First Contract and an End to Unfair Labor Practices
Insider Union members went on strike at 12AM this morning in response to the company’s refusal to undo illegal changes it made to their health care and management’s intransigence in contract negotiations. Members are also demanding a fair resolution to a proposed layoff that would reduce the unionized newsroom by 20 percent. The more than 250 members of the Insider Union are represented by The NewsGuild of New York.
Members of the Insider Union have been fighting for a first contract for more than two years, demanding the company bargain in good faith and reach a fair agreement on wages and lower health insurance costs. Instead, management has tried to undermine the union at every turn. Last year, company leadership illegally forced Guild members to spend more on healthcare while significantly reducing their coverage. Workers are also protesting the company’s proposed layoffs of 60 union members – 20 percent of the bargaining unit.
“We have tried repeatedly to bargain in good faith with Insider management, only to have Insider’s leadership throw the union-busting playbook at us at every turn. We have reached our last straw. I’m proud to go on strike to demand a real seat at the table and a contract that values our labor. We will stand together until we get what we deserve,” said Insider Union steward Libby Torres. Read more here, follow the workers on social media here, and join them if you can at their first picket line today at 12PM at Insider's One Liberty Plaza HQ! Bring signs and wear red!