New York Times indicted for interfering with union activism

A U.S. labor agency have accused The New York Times of unlawfully interfering with the efforts of tech employees to organize unions.

The agency claims that The New York Times barred a group of workers from showing union support.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleged that the newspaper publisher wrongly interfered with, restrained and coerced employees exercising their rights under federal labor law.

The New York Times, through a spokesperson, disagreed with the allegations.

Reuters reports that the complaint was a response to an unfair labor practice claim filed in June by the Communications Workers of America’s NewsGuild, which represents many Times employees and last year launched a campaign to unionize its tech staffers.

Those workers in April announced they had formed a union representing about 650 employees, including software engineers and product managers.

The New York Times declined to voluntarily recognize the Times Tech Guild, forcing the issue to proceed to a formal election through the NLRB.

The NLRB alleged that the newspaper publisher’s management, in May, told employees they were barred from showing union support while acting as “intern managers” and has continued to maintain that rule.

The NLRB will now prosecute the case before an administrate judge during a hearing in March.