The Post Guild represents approximately 1,000 employees – both newsroom and business staff

Washington, United States:

Hundreds of employees at the Washington Post, one of America’s most storied newspapers, will walk off their jobs for 24 hours on Thursday, their union announced, criticizing the company for refusing to negotiate a contract “in good faith.”

The strike comes after 18 months of failed negotiations over a new agreement on pay, remote work and other conditions – and after the daily newspaper owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos warned that more layoffs were possible.

Unions are active in the tight American labor market. From Hollywood writers and actors to autoworkers and baristas, everyone has taken their grievances to the picket line in recent months.

“Taking this historic action is not a decision we made lightly,” the Washington Post Guild said in a letter to readers announcing the work stoppage.

It said management “refused to negotiate in good faith and repeatedly – ​​and unlawfully – terminated negotiations on important issues such as pay, mental health support for staff and buyouts.”

“The Post cannot remain competitive, retain the best talent or produce the elite journalism it relies on without giving its employees a fair deal.”

According to its website, the Post Guild represents about 1,000 employees — both newsroom and commercial staff. In October, a Post report on plans for 240 voluntary buyouts said the company had about 2,500 employees.

The union did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the exact number of employees expected to join the picket line.

The New York Times reported on December 1 that more than 700 members had signed the strike pledge.

Traditional US media has struggled in recent years as readers turn to social media platforms and advertising revenue has plummeted.

The labor action at the Postal Service follows a strike earlier this year at America’s largest newspaper publisher, Gannett, and a 24-hour walkout by New York Times employees a year ago.

Last month, Associated Press staff took a “short break” because of their lack of a contract. Her guild rejected a two percent increase offered by management.

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