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Globe Workers Ratify Contract (2)

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Globe Workers Ratify Contract (2)

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Employees of The Boston Globe ratified a new three-year contract that calls for a 6.7% pay increase over three years plus other benefits in exchange for changes the company says are aimed at making operations more cost-effective and flexible.

Union members approved the contract May 25 by a 537-103 vote. The agreement followed one-and-a-half years of negotiations.

The Boston Globe Employees Association, Local 31245 of The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, is the Globe's largest union, with about 1,100 editorial, advertising, circulation, business office, maintenance, and security employees.

The contract calls for weekly pay increases of $23 in 1998, $23 in 1999 and $24 in 2000, following the pay settlement pattern reached with the Globe's Teamsters drivers union in April.

Under the new contract, the company will increase the pension salary cap from $55,000 to $65,000; increase the company's match in the 401(k) plan from 1% to 2% starting in 2000; and make payments to help defray employees' medical and dental bills. …

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