Globe Union to Vote on Pay Cut
Rejection could spark legal battle
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 8, 2009 11:11 AM CDT
Dorothy Clark, a copy editor for The Boston Globe, speaks with reporters as she departs a Boston Newspaper Guild meeting, in Boston, Thursday, May 7, 2009.    (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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(Newser) – The Boston Globe’s biggest union votes today on whether to accept a $10 million cut to their wages and benefits, including an 8.4% pay cut, or to mount a legal fight with parent the New York Times Co., the Boston Herald reports. If the contract is rejected, the Globe has threatened to slice pay 23%. But with the drivers’ union having reached a new contract, the paper won’t close, said a spokesman.

“Unless we achieve $10 million in savings from the Guild, the savings already ratified by the other unions will not take effect,” said the Globe spokesman. Some members of the Boston Newspaper Guild, including its president, don’t like the proposal. If it's voted down, “there may be legal options to try to impede what the company is apparently trying to do,” says a labor lawyer, potentially sending the parties back to the drawing board.