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New York Times’ Wirecutter Writers Plan Strike Around Black Friday

  • Union threatens work stoppage and files Labor Board complaint
  • Times says it will keep working towards a contract deal
The New York Times building.

The New York Times building.

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Journalists at the New York Times Co.’s Wirecutter unit plan to strike during the product review website’s peak traffic period around Black Friday, joining a recent wave of threatened work stoppages by U.S. workers.

Over 90% of Wirecutter union members have voted to authorize a work stoppage lasting one or more days in late November, according to the NewsGuild, which represents around 1,300 other editorial and business workers at the Times. Two years ago the union secured recognition at Wirecutter as well. Black Friday is Nov. 26 this year, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, when retailers count on a huge bump in holiday shopping.