New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson is greeted by employees

— New York Times staff (Washington bureau in smaller photo)

* Brief labor action at the New York Times (

From a previously posted New York Times union memo:

“The company’s new CEO, Mark Thompson, is expected to begin work Monday. [He actually starts in November.] Let’s get together in the lobby at 3:40 for a group picture. We want to welcome him — and acquaint him with the grave situation he has walked into.” (The Times reports Thompson doesn’t start with the company until mid-November, but is visiting the paper this week for meetings.)