Victory! NewsGuild of New York Prevails in Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against NBCUniversal Over Unilateral Wage Cuts
NLRB Orders Wages Restored for NYGuild Media Workers
NEW YORK -- The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in favor of the NewsGuild of New York’s case that NBCUniversal had improperly unilaterally rolled back wage increases for NewsGuild-represented employees in June 2020. The ruling affirms the Guild’s trial victory which required NBC to make workers whole by restoring the wage increases, awarding them back pay, and bargaining with the NYGuild before making any other changes to the terms and conditions of their employment.
“The Labor Relations Board decision is a win for Guild-represented workers who will have their wages restored. It is also a strong reminder to NBC management that it must bargain with the union over wages and other terms and conditions,” said Susan DeCarava, President of the NewsGuild of New York. “Whether it be at NBCUniversal, The New York Times or anywhere else, we vigorously protect our members’ rights to organize and to hold their employers accountable.”
The NYGuild also filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge against the New York Times earlier this month on grounds that Times management banned organizing workers in the Times Tech Guild from expressing support for their union.
In addition, the NYGuild filed an Unfair Labor Practice complaint against Gannett after managers at the Atlantic Digital Optimization Team (DOT) within the company offered benefits in exchange for rejecting the union and created the impression that management was spying on the workers' protected union activities.
ABOUT THE NEWSGUILD OF NEW YORK
The NewsGuild of New York, Local 31003 of the Communications Workers of America, is a labor union representing nearly 4,000 media professionals and other employees at New York area news organizations, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Thomson Reuters, The Nation, BuzzFeed News, TIME, PEOPLE, Wirecutter, and The Daily Beast. The NewsGuild of New York advocates for journalists to have a voice in the newsroom, for press freedom, for inclusive and diverse workplaces, and for just cause, no exceptions, for all media professionals.
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