Time Inc. Newspaper Guild members voted to overwhelmingly reject Time Inc.’s final offer regarding contract negotiations that could impact about 210 newsroom employees, WWD has learned.
On Friday, Guild members voted down their employer’s offer, which would allow the publisher to subcontract a number of full-time and part-time jobs. The Guild, which represents more than 2,800 journalists and other employees in the New York-area, said many of the 210 jobs in question would be moved overseas.
The package that members voted down included provisions that would have eliminated staffers the right to volunteer to be laid off in place of a fellow coworker. It would also cap severance pay at 52 weeks for all employees, cut vacation time for new hires and limit retirement benefits.
“It’s up to the company [Time Inc.] at this point,” said Anthony Napoli, Guild representative for Time Inc. “The ball is in their court.”
Time Inc. did not return requests seeking comment.
Time Inc., which spun off from Time Warner in June, had been in talks with the Guild for between 18 and 20 months. Negotiations broke down last month after the two sides hit an impasse.