Jul 10, 2023
The New York Times is heading for a potentially nasty union fight in the wake of its decision to shut down its sports department.
The NewsGuild of New York said late Monday that it intends to contest the Times’ decision to have its sports coverage handled by The Athletic, which the paper purchased early last year for $550 million. The Athletic isn’t unionized and remains unprofitable.
“We will fight this flagrant attempt at union-busting with every tool we have,” the union said in a statement. “Our standard is clear: union work at The Times Company is performed by union workers.”
The roughly 35 journalists and editors are being reassigned within the Times — as opposed to losing their jobs. But the transfers still represent a move to produce sports content with non-union labor instead of NewsGuild members.
Source: Front Office Sports