The Newspaper Guild of New York, which represents about
600 200 Time Inc. staffers, has announced that labor negotiations with the publishing giant have broken down.
The main sticking point? Time Inc. wants to outsource more than 100 jobs. Bill O’Meara, the Guild’s president, issued a strong statement attacking Time Inc.’s plans.
“Time Inc.’s proposal to hollow out its own company is simply not acceptable,” said O’Meara. “Management wants the ability to send 160 editorial jobs overseas, which would be a massive blow to some of the nation’s most important and respected magazines. Many of Time Inc.’s proposals are not only outrageous, we believe they’re illegal. We are filing charges over these labor law violations to force management to return to the bargaining table and negotiate in good faith.”
According to the Guild, Time Inc. is claiming that negotiations have now reached a legal impasse, which the Guild disputes.
Update (6:30 pm):
Time Inc. has issued the following statement: