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NYT Co. Says Threat to Shutter 'Globe' over -- Staffers at Boston Paper Blame Management 'Unfairness'

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NYT Co. Says Threat to Shutter 'Globe' over -- Staffers at Boston Paper Blame Management 'Unfairness'

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Some newsroom rank and file at The Boston Globe who spoke with E&P this morning said the guild contract offer that was narrowly voted down Monday was just not good enough, especially given that they felt management was not bearing an equal burden. Later, the parent New York Times Co. said it could no longer foresee shutting down the paper but instead would work on a "turnaround."

"The newsroom issue was the size of the wage cut and that many believed it was a disproportionate cut to what management was willing to make," said Keith O'Brien, a two-year reporter who declined to reveal his vote because he is covering the story. "The lifetime guarantee wasn't a hot issue."

The offer included an 8.3% salary cut, a one-week unpaid furlough, and elimination of lifetime job guarantees for some 400 employees.

O'Brien added that the close vote was no surprise, stating, "no one truly knew what was going to happen yesterday night up until the vote was announced."

Another reporter, who requested anonymity, tried to put a positive spin on the future, stating "we are all intending to keep working and putting out the best product and news content. We are trying to be positive."

But others, such as 21-year veteran reporter Brian Mooney, a staunch no vote, said the offer was unacceptable: "They have a 5% salary cut for management and they cut the crap out of us. Fairness was a major issue." He added that the company will likely run into National Labor Relations Board challenges with the 23% wage cut it is implementing this week. …

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