After working more than 1,000 days without a contract, more than 200 unionized NBC NewsDigitalworkers on Thursday launched a 24-hour walkout to protest the media giant’s ongoing “unfair labor practices,” including the recent firing of seven union journalists.

Members of NBC News Guild—including reporters, editors, producers, and other staffers at NBC News, MSNBC, and “Today” Digital—walked off the job Thursday morning, with some rallying outside NBC’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters to protest the layoffs and not having a contract since the union’s founding in 2019.

In a statement issued Wednesday, NBC News Guild, which is part of the NewsGuild-CWA of New York, explained that last month NBC “illegally laid off seven bargaining unit members and informed others that they were no longer members of the union.”

“This of course violates federal law,” the statement continued. “We’ve written about how a company cannot lay off workers prior to a first contract being settled. And of course, NBC is familiar with this precedent because they illegally cut salaries without bargaining in 2020.”

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