Hundreds of New York Times employees are working from home this week, defying the company’s renewed push to return to the office. Bloomberg News: More than 1,200 people, who make up the majority of journalists and technical workers represented by the NewsGuild of New York, have vowed not to return to the office Monday in an attempt to force the Times to negotiate over RTO plans, the union said. “Health and safety policies are part of contract negotiations and should be negotiated,” Times software engineer Carrie Price said in an interview Monday. ‚ÄúResponsibility for our own personal risk assessment is important to our membership… Being asked to give up the ability to control our personal safety for ourselves and our loved ones is something we do not want and do not want. there were no negotiations about it.” Journalists have been without a contract since March 2021 and staff have not received raises for more than two years, despite high inflation and rising rents. Meanwhile, they say the company has performed exceptionally well in recent years and executives are making millions of dollars each year. […] On Monday, the Times offered branded lunch boxes to welcome employees back to the office.

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