‘Boston Globe’ and Guild Agree on 4-Year Contract Proposal

By: E&P Staff

The Boston Globe has reached an agreement on a new four-year contract proposal with the Boston Newspaper Guild Local 31245, which represents newsroom, advertising office, and other employees, the Globe has reported. The contract will be voted on by members next month.

Globe Guild members voted 307-223 on Oct. 18 to reject an earlier contract, which called for salary increases to be tied to the newspaper’s revenue. In addition to the salary link, the revenue provision was based only on revenue from the print newspaper, not from its Web site, the profitable boston.com. Guild members who opposed that restriction said it was unfair because the contract also included a new requirement for guild members to perform duties for the Web site. That deal included a $600 lump sum payment on Jan. 1, 2007, with weekly salary hikes ranging from $7.50 to $8.50 every six months through 2008. But the agreement also stipulated that the wage increases would not be paid if Globe revenue for the period of the raise was less than the same period a year earlier.

The new proposal, described as “virtually identical” by the Globe and union members, had two key changes. The newspaper now would count revenue from boston.com in the calculation to determine whether Guild members would receive pay raises in 2007-08. The paper also would increase its contribution to the union health insurance fund.

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