Hundreds of software engineers and product designers at the New York Times staged a work stoppage Wednesday as part of an escalating battle with the storied newspaper’s management over their push to unionize.
The employees left their jobs at noon and planned to halt work for the rest of the day in a move to draw attention to what they describe as efforts by the media company to hinder the union recognition process.
Tech workers are seeking union recognition for about 600 staffers including product designers, software engineers, developers and product managers. The Times’ roughly 1,300 editorial and business employees are represented by the NewsGuild, a division of the Communication Workers of America.
The Guild first announced the intent to organize tech workers in April and has said that, since then, 70% had signed cards asking to be represented by the union. But instead of voluntarily recognizing the tech workers’ unit,…