At exactly 4pm this afternoon, a creaking of chairs could be heard across the 3rd floor of 36 Cooper Square, and then an eerie silence as over 50 union employees and sympathizers walked off the job at the Village Voice, as a sign of dissatisfaction over the lack of movement by management at the bargaining table. The contract expires tonight at midnight.
Many of the walk-outs wore t-shirts emblazoned with a quote from Norman Mailer, one of the Village Voice founders: “Revolutions are the periods when individuals count most.”
After 30 minutes of spontaneous speeches, and the general consensus that the employees can’t keep working if the final offer by management will result in a reduction of their wages, they returned to work.
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