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Boston Globe Union Approves Concessions

boston-globe-logo.jpgAfter weeks of uncertainty, the dispute between The Boston Globe‘s owner, The New York Times Co., and the paper’s largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, has finally reached an end.

Yesterday, the guild overwhelmingly approved cuts negotiated last month, in a 366 to 179 vote.

According to the Globe, the new contract includes pay cuts, furloughs and unpaid vacations, which will reduce earnings by about 9 percent. There are also deep cuts in health care and retirement benefits, a pension freeze and the “elimination of lifetime job guarantees for about 170 veteran employees.”

The guild, which represents nearly 700 editorial, advertising, and business office workers at the Globe, rejected the first concessions proposed by the Times Co. by only 12 votes in early June. As a result, the paper’s owner implemented a 23 percent pay cut for guild members. Those employees that have been dealing with the pay cut since last month will be reimbursed “for most of the difference between the lower and higher pay cuts,” the Globe reported. The company will be paying for this difference by “making a one-time cut in its union healthcare contributions,” the paper added.

The Times Co. has also put the Globe up for sale, and some potential buyers have already come forward. A sale might be coming soon, now that the employment dispute has been resolved.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that the approval of these concessions may lead to layoffs as the Times Co. prepares to sell the paper.

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Boston Globe Union Rejects Cuts

globe.pngLast night, The Boston Globe‘s largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, rejected $10 million in wage and benefit cuts proposed by the paper’s owner, The New York Times Co.

The guild, which represents nearly 700 editorial, advertising, and business office workers, voted 277 to 265 to reject the Times Co.’s contract offer, according to boston.com. As a result, the Globe‘s owner said it would impose a 23 percent pay cut, which is set to go into effect next week.

In response, the guild has promised members that it will file unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board and seek a court order barring the Times Co.’s from implementing the cuts, boston.com reported. The guild is the only one of four Globe unions to reject the Times Co.’s proposed offer.

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