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Union-management discussions at The Boston Globe yesterday reached a head after the boardroom rejected The Boston Newspaper Guild's proposal to take the negotiations public, according to both union and Globe officials, Boston.com reported. Owner New York Times Co. is seeking US$20 million in concessions from unions in an attempt to keep the newspaper open.

The Boston Newspaper Guild represents 600 editorial, advertising and business office staff at the newspaper, and has been asked by the Times Co. for $10 million worth of concessions from its members. The union last week proposed the hearing be held publicly.

The Guild is prepared "to offer significant labor cost savings," said its chief, Daniel Totten, according to Boston.com."

Totten expressed his concurrent disappointment at the decision, saying: "The future of The Boston Globe and its mission of journalism and free speech is a matter of vital public interest. The Guild had hoped that these negotiations could be conducted in as transparent a way as possible."

Yesterday also marked the Guild's launch of an online petition to help save the newspaper, www.bgol.org/savetheglobe.html, calling on management to share the burden of cost saving measures and promoting support for Globe staff

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-04-22 19:36

The Union representing the San Francisco Chronicle's delivery truck drivers has conceded to 90 to 100 job cuts, SFGate.com reported.

The Union approved a contract that proposes reducing the driving staff to approximately 130, as opposed to the original proposal which eliminated drivers making home deliveries altogether. The newly ratified contract maintains that drivers can make deliveries to San Francisco homes, but stipulates that subcontracted employees can make deliveries in suburban areas.

Laid off employees have been offered two weeks of severance pay for every year they've worked for the company, for up to 52 weeks, according to SFGate.com

Projected savings resulting from the job cuts is estimated to be US$5 million to $6 million a year, a reduction that the Chronicle's publisher and chairman Frank Vega said "provides crucial cost-cutting and savings."

The driver layoffs follow the California Media Workers Guild allowing the paper to eliminate 150 jobs, mostly through voluntary buyouts. The cutbacks are in response to the paper's parent company, Hearst Corp. threatening to close or sell the paper if it couldn't implement swift cost-cutting reforms.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-04-20 12:49

The New York Times Co. met with unions from the Boston Globe in order to negotiate a solution regarding the $20 million in proposed savings at the newspaper, Bloomberg reported.

The talks have been given a 30-day deadline by the Times Co., which Boston Newspaper Printing Pressman Union President Martin Callaghan said "is sending the message they've had enough of this place."

In increased attempts to cut spending, Times Co. has imposed wage cuts of up to 5 percent for non-union employees, done away with 100 positions and actively sought selling its stake in the Boston Red Sox, Bloomberg reported.

The New York Times Co. has seen its stock fall by 28 percent this year coupled with a 13 percent decline in advertising sales.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-04-07 11:57

The Denver Newspaper Agency and The Denver Post will begin having contract concession talks, the Rocky Mountain News reported Tuesday. An auditor recently decided the agency needs to cut costs to avoid bankruptcy.

The decision came after a meeting in which union employees for the Rocky Mountain News tried to persuade units of the Denver Newspaper Guild to begin negotiations until owner E.W. Scripps makes a decision on whether it will sell or close down the Rocky. The Denver Newspaper Agency is a partnership that publishes the Rocky and the Denver Post.

Tony Mulligan, administrative officer of the Denver Newspaper Guild, said that although the Guild is concerned for employees of the Rocky hanging in the balance "because of the silence of E.W. Scripps," the agency and employees at the Post are also being affected.

The agency is looking to finalise wage and benefit concessions in order to re-negotiate its US$130 million in bank debt, according to the Rocky.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-01-20 23:21

The only U.S. newspaper union "with any power to make or break a strike" has been "enfeebled" by trends hurting the newspaper industry, Fitz & Jen reported Tuesday.

The Teamsters Local 259, the delivery union for the Boston Globe, have endorsed a new two-year labour agreement by a vote of 115 to 25 in which the union agrees to a 5 percent wage cut and the removal of 10 holidays.

In addition, workers will now have to be on the job for longer periods in order to earn vacation time, and the newspaper is also free to hire more new employees at a lower-wage tier, Fitz & Jen reported in their Editor & Publisher blog.

The Globe will close its production plant in Bilerica, Massachusetts next year, after which production will be moved to the newspaper's main plant in Boston. The Globe is part of the New York Times Co.'s New England Media Group, which has watched revenue decline recently.

"The Globe appreciates Local 259's leadership role in helping to make our operation more efficient in this tough economic climate," Greg Thornton, the paper's senior vice president, said in a statement, according to Fitz & Jen.

Author

Alexandra Zeumer

Date

2008-12-03 01:47

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