Boston Guild Meets Over Proposal on Wage, Other Cuts

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Members of The Boston Globe’s largest union have met to debate a proposal for deep wage and benefit cuts.

The newspaper’s parent company, The New York Times Co., says the concessions are needed to keep the 137-year-old daily from closing.

Boston Newspaper Guild president Daniel Totten said there were a lot of “upset members” during the approximately 90 minute meeting Thursday night. He said what had been placed before the union was “unconscionable.”

The proposal, hammered out during tense negotiations with management, calls for an 8.3 percent wage cut and a five-day unpaid furlough.

Other cutbacks include a freeze on pension contributions for many employees and the elimination of lifetime job guarantees for about 190 Guild members.

Totten said a union vote on the proposal was likely in early June.

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