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'Boston Globe' Guild Members (Narrowly) Vote No -- NYT Co. (Quickly) Institutes Cuts

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'Boston Globe' Guild Members (Narrowly) Vote No -- NYT Co. (Quickly) Institutes Cuts

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The Boston Newspaper Guild, the Globe's largest union, narrowly rejected a package of major concessions that included $10 million in wage and benefit cuts, the Globe reported on its Web site about 9:20 p.m. tonight.

The vote was 277 "no" to 265 "yes."

The newspaper's owner, the New York Times Co., which earlier threatened a shutdown, had said it will impose a 23 percent pay cut on Globe staffers to obtain savings it needs to keep operating the paper.

Indeed, in a statement released by The Globe just minutes after the vote results were announced late Monday, management said it had sent a formal letter to the guild.

"Since the parties are at an impasse, The Globe will implement the wage reduction effective next week," the statement said.

The turnout for the vote was a strong 80%.

According to a New York Times story on the vote, Daniel Totten, the Boston guild's president, spoke to reporters outside the newspaper's offices shortly after the result was announced, and said: "With today's vote, members of the Boston Newspaper Guild have said that The New York Times Company must do better. …

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