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Newspaper Guild President 'Not Surprised' at Boston Unit Recall Petition

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Newspaper Guild President 'Not Surprised' at Boston Unit Recall Petition

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Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer said he is not surprised that some infighting at The Boston Globe guild unit has sparked an apparent petition drive to oust unit president Dan Totten. He said the past few months of contract battles there were among the toughest ever.

"The unit's been through hell so there probably are seeds of division," Lunzer said. "This is too tough a time for infighting."

But, noting he has not heard much about the reported petition, Lunzer declined to judge the work of the local leadership or Totten. He said that when local units go through a drawn-out contract battle, as the Boston group has, some backlash can happen.

"People are looking for blame with some of the tough choices that have been made," Lunzer said. "If there are legitimate questions of leadership, there is a democratic structure in place. A lot of units have gone through pressures and leadership fights."

Lunzer's comments followed a report today in The Boston Globe that a petition drive had been started to oust Totten. …

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