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'Globe' Guild Members Expect Latest Proposal to Pass Vote

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'Globe' Guild Members Expect Latest Proposal to Pass Vote

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Newspaper Guild members at The Boston Globe -- who narrowly voted down a controversial concession agreement two weeks ago -- seem ready to approve a new offer, which union leaders announced late last night.

The significant change is that a proposed salary cut was dropped from 8.4% to 5.9%, according to members who spoke with E&P. But most still want to see details.

"At first blush, it seems acceptable," says Frank Phillips, statehouse bureau chief and among those who will lose a lifetime job guarantee in the new agreement. "It is better in terms of a pay cut. But there are other questions about pensions and health benefits."

Phillips added that, unlike the previous proposal, this agreement has the support of the union leadership. "With the union recommending it, people want to move on and are ready to settle. This will probably be approved."

Matt Viser, another statehouse journalist, agrees. He says he was among those who voted against the last offer: "I didn't feel like [The New York Times Company] negotiated in good faith, they just sort of dictated terms." But he says this proposal is likely to pass. "It is bound to get more support, but I don't know what else we gave up to get to that number," he added.

A vote is scheduled for July 20. Union members plan to meet tonight with their leadership to get more details on the proposal.

"I don't know how I am going to vote, I expect I will vote yes," says Beth Daley, a Guild unit chair. …

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