While Rival Cuts Jobs, ‘Boston Globe’ Proposes PAY Cut

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By: E&P Staff

The job cuts announced by its rival, The Boston Herald, drew headlines in the Boston Globe yesterday but also disclosed by the paper was its own idea for reducing overhead in troubled times: a possible 10% pay cut for employees.

At a meeting on Monday, the Globe’s publisher, P. Steven Ainsley, New York Times Co. Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr., and Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson were asked about a proposal to Globe unions to reduce wages by 10 %. In an interview with the Globe later, Ainsley described the proposed wage cuts as “part of the collective bargaining process – a proposal and nothing more.”

Ainsley added: “At this point it’s very preliminary. Certainly no decisions have been made.”

Dan Totten, president of the Boston Newspaper Guild told the Globe that the collective bargaining agreement is “not open at this time” for renegotiation — and that the 10 % wage cut is unanimously opposed by the union leaders. The union represents about 900 employees.

The three company executives “also fielded a question about the possibility of consolidating the Globe’s printing facilities, which are housed in Dorchester, Billerica, and Millbury,” the Globe reported.

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