Members of the Newspaper Guild at the Boston Globe voted last night to reject a proposed wage and benefit cut, the New York Times reported. Parent company The New York Times Company will now institute a unilateral 23 percent salary cut.
Members of the Guild are hopeful that negotiations will resume. Daniel Totten, the Boston guild’s president, told reporters:
“With today’s vote, members of the Boston Newspaper Guild have said that the New York Times Company must do better. Boston Newspaper Guild is committed to resuming good-faith negotiations.”
Those who voted against the package believed that they could get a better deal out of the Times Company. Many opponents of the package believed that the 23 percent pay cut was a bluff.
The reporters and editors who voted for the cut found the 23 percent cut unpalatable. “I can’t afford to gamble with a quarter of my pay,” reporter Donovan Slack told the NYT. “How can I pay my mortgage?”
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