June 22, 2009

Newspaper Guild, N.Y. Times near agreement

Union and management officials are close to an amended agreement on contract concessions at The Boston Globe that would go to a union vote, union members said.

The Boston Newspaper Guild, representing 700 reporters, editors and advertising staff at the Globe, has already set July 20 for a vote on a new proposal, the Globe reported Monday.

Union members turned down a previous proposal from Globe owner New York Times Co., but the updated offer is likely to have few changes, as the company has said it needs to save $10 million in operating costs each year to keep the newspaper afloat.

Since the first vote, the Times has imposed a 23 percent wage cut on guild members.

We're really hopeful that the deal is reached soon and this punitive pay cut we're experiencing so excruciatingly will be over, said reporter Beth Daley.

To say this has been a distraction is an understatement.