On Tuesday, the Washington Post Guild made a post on their X account where they declared that on December 7 they are “walking off the job for 24 hours.”
In the same post, aggrieved Post employees allege that “the company is refusing to pay us what we’re worth or bargain in good faith.”
The Guild said that they have been “in contract negotiations with our bosses for 18 months.”
However, due to the impending strike, it appears as if not much progress has been made.
In a video embedded with the post, several employees express their dissatisfaction with their current pay.
Most of the demands made in the video are vague and up for interpretation. These include asks for a “living wage” and “equal pay,” and repeated claims that the workers are “worth more” than what the company is offering them.
At the end of the video, workers ask their readers to support them by sending letters to their publisher and not reading any Washington Post journalism during the 24 hour ‘walk out’ on Thursday.
The Guild also released a letter which included much of the same demands made in the video. However, the letter also mentions that in the last year, “the company has laid off nearly 40 people.” They warn that there is a possibility more employees could be laid off in the near future.
The Guild also stresses that without pay and benefits that are comparable to their competitors, they can not possibly “stay competitive, retain the best talent or produce the kind of elite journalism you rely on without giving its staff a fair deal.”
As of now, there is no official comment on the strike from the Washington Post or its owner, billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos.