By: Joe Strupp
As Newspaper Guild members at The Boston Globe prepare to vote on a package of concessions that include a week’s unpaid furlough and an 8.4% pay cut, a group of newsroom staffers is circulating a petition that seeks to limit the pay cut to 5%, claiming that the proposed contract is “in extraordinary danger” of rejection by the union, The Globe reports.
“The union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, is scheduled to vote June 8 on a final offer from the newspaper’s owner, The New York Times Co. It specifies an 8.4 percent pay cut, plus five days of unpaid furlough, which add up to wage cuts of about 10 percent. In addition, healthcare and retirement benefits would be cut.
“The petition, sponsored by six reporters and an editor and addressed to the Globe’s publisher, P. Steven Ainsley, acknowledges that ‘significant cuts to our salary and benefits are necessary’ to ensure the Globe’s survival”
But, the Globe reports, the petition states reducing the pay cut to 5% – the same imposed on nonunion managers and accepted by The New York Times employees – is necessary to win approval and “avert the crisis sure to follow a rejection of the company’s proposal.”
Without a smaller pay cut, Beth Daley, a reporter, union delegate, and one of the petition sponsors, told the Globe the proposed contract is in “extraordinary danger.”
Globe spokesman Robert Powers declined to comment, while guild leaders could not be reached for comment.