Unionized editorial workers at Law360 are holding a one-day strike on Wednesday, highlighted by a mid-afternoon rally and a day-long picket line outside corporate headquarters in New York City.
The work stoppage comes after The NewsGuild of New York filed an unfair labor practice charge on behalf of Law360 Union against LexisNexis on Tuesday. The basis of the charge is a Nov. 16 bargaining session in which LexisNexis representatives threatened Guild members with less favorable terms the longer negotiations continue.
“Instead of working today, we are gathering together, refusing to work and standing up for a fair contract,” said Hailey Konnath, a reporter for the LexisNexis-owned legal news site and unit chair for the union, in a statement. “LexisNexis needs to understand that we will not back down, and today they will see that in full effect as we picket outside their headquarters.”
Contract negotiations between the union, which represents nearly 300 workers, and LexisNexis began on Nov. 17, 2022. The union’s current contract expired on Dec. 31, 2022.
For more than a year, the union says management has refused to meaningfully respond to proposals including sick time, parental leave, paid time off, and retirement
“Law360 Union members work hard to make the company a success and LexisNexis needs to recognize their contributions with good faith proposals that meaningfully address our concerns,” said Susan DeCarava, president of The NewsGuild of New York, in a statement. “Anything less is unacceptable and will lead to further labor strife.”