Last week, Reporters at The New York Times staged a massive one-day walkout to demand better wages. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio: Last week, reporters at the New York Times staged a massive one day walkout to demand better wages. Everything I’m seeing about New York Times, they’re fine financially. I don’t know why they can’t pay people better wages. I never wonder why they can’t pay people better wages when they have the money to do it.

Farron Cousins: It, it’s not like these, this is what’s so gross. It’s not like these, I think 1100 employees were wanting massive raises.

Mike Papantonio: Mm-hmm.

Farron Cousins: They wanted a 5.25% increase.

Mike Papantonio: Mm-hmm.

Farron Cousins: Over a four year period. 5.25% over four years, even if it was 5.25% per year, that’s basically cost of living. It’s not even cost of living at this point. And that’s all they’re saying is, could you pay us fairly?

Mike Papantonio: Isn’t this the woke progressive center of the world, the New York Times? Okay. And that’s what they’re literally, that’s what they’re asking for. And the company is making more money than they can spend. And the, the workers are doing a really good job. They, there was a time when New York Times was in really bad trouble.

Farron Cousins: Yeah.

Mike Papantonio: So they said, hey, let’s double down. Workers I want you to double down. I want you to reach way down and build this company back. And they did. And now they’re asking for this and management at the New York Times says, well, you know, all that, that warm fuzzy feely stuff we do, those articles we do that are so warm and fuzzy and feely, we don’t really mean that. When you’re asking for it, say it again, the increase they’re asking for.

Farron Cousins: 5.25% over four years.

Mike Papantonio: Four years. Yeah.

Farron Cousins: And see, also in, they’re not just not giving them the wages, they’re also saying, you know what, we may have to take away all of your benefits too.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: And, and like you said, they’re doing just fine now. They’re advertising through the roof.

Mike Papantonio: There is no, there’s, there’s no reason. If you’re saying, okay, we had something awful happen, we lost 50% of our advertisers. But these workers, these very workers that when they had the big board meeting, they said, New York Times is in trouble. Okay. If you don’t double down and reach way down, we’re gonna be outta business. And then the woke touchy feely management that writes all the woke touchy feely articles all the time, tells them, no, we can’t do this little bit. It’s disgusting to me.

Farron Cousins: It is.

Mike Papantonio: I swear.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.