Globe Guild Execs Got Raises as Members Went Without

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2009 9:24 AM CDT
Employees of the Boston Globe display signs and chant at a rally held to help save the paper, April 24, 2009.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The leaders of the Boston Globe’s biggest union have given themselves substantial raises over the past 3 years, even as the people they represent went without, the Herald reports. Boston Newspaper Guild president Dan Totten—who recently lambasted New York Times Co. execs for giving themselves extra days off as negotiations over the paper’s future rage—has seen his salary jump 12%.

Totten has also come under fire for keeping lifetime job guarantees—including his own—off the table. If an agreement can’t be reached, the Globe and Guild are headed for arbitration or even bankruptcy. The union’s contract allows binding arbitration in the event of a “dramatic and apparently irreversible downturn in the Globe’s business.” But arbitration might take more time than the Globe has.