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TIME Workers ‘Threaten To Strike’ On TIME100 Release - Workers ‘Pledge To Walkout On The Launch Of The Magazine’s Iconic TIME100 Franchise If A Fair Contract Is Not Agreed Upon By Then’

Published Monday, May 16, 2022
by NewsGuild of New York News
TIME Workers ‘Threaten To Strike’ On TIME100 Release - Workers ‘Pledge To Walkout On The Launch Of The Magazine’s Iconic TIME100 Franchise If A Fair Contract Is Not Agreed Upon By Then’

(NEW YORK CITY) – In a letter to management, the TIME Magazine Union has announced plans for a one-day Strike on May 23rd when the magazine releases its highly-anticipated annual TIME100 - if a contract agreement is not reached by then.

The Union of around 100 Editorial Employees is represented by The NewsGuild of New York, including Staffers for TIME Digital and TIME for Kids.

The TIME Digital and TIME for Kids Workers organized in 2019, joining their Print Editorial Colleagues who’ve been Unionized for 80 years. 

TIME management has delayed reaching a deal on a contract for nearly three years.

The Union’s top demands include fair wages with guaranteed yearly increases that keep salaries from shrinking from inflation, protecting Members from being disciplined for failing to hit certain metrics outside of their control, and securing a contract that covers all Workers, across the Editorial Departments. 

“After covering everything from impeachment hearings to a Presidential Election to a once-in-a-century pandemic as a reporter for TIME, I was ecstatic to earn a promotion to Staff Writer,” TIME Staff Writer Abby Vesoulis said. “I was less ecstatic that my promotion effectively meant a ($20,000) pay cut, as I would no longer be eligible for overtime pay.  TIME Staffers deserve a fair contract with safeguards against this so they don’t have to worry that getting promoted for their hard work will result in getting paid less for it.”

TIME Senior White House Correspondent Brian Bennett said: “I have been a committed Journalist for two decades, more than half of that at TIME Magazine.  Management seems content with the status quo, but my colleagues and I are demanding more - adequate pay, a voice at the decision table, and strong diversity policies.  I'm willing to walk out because a strong contract that covers all of us, not just some of us, will allow us to do the work we love under the conditions we deserve.  It's critical we reach a fair contract now, without further delay from management."

The Workers’ letter demands the company engage in bargaining until a fair deal is reached.

They’ve also called out TIME management's constant Anti-Union delays, including refusing to codify important benefits and protections in the contract and shutting Members out of bargaining. 

“TIME Magazine Union has shown time and time again how serious they are about winning a strong contract that covers all Workers across the company.  There is no TIME 100, TIME Magazine or Digital without them,” NewsGuild of New York President Susan DeCarava said.

“Guild Members at TIME are collectively putting the company on notice: reach a fair deal swiftly or be without our labor.  It's time for management to memorialize in our contract the respect they claim to have for the Workers who actually make TIME," DeCarava said.

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