Boston Globe Drivers OK $2.5 Million in Cuts; Guild Votes Monday
The Boston Globe delivery truck drivers on Sunday approved $2.5 million in wage and benefit cuts, the newspaper reports, leaving the Boston Newspaper Guild as the last union to vote on concessions.
The New York Times Co., owners of the Boston Globe, are seeking $20 million in cuts. It says without the cuts, it would be forced to close New England’s most prestigious newspaper.
So far, cuts approved by rank-and-file members of six unions equal a little more than $10 million. Guild employees will vote on an additional $10 million in concessions on Monday.
Members of Teamsters Local 259, which represents 200 truck drivers, approved the measure 89 to 69. It’s the second time in six months drivers have approved $2.5 million in cuts.
“This local stepped up not only to save their jobs, but the jobs of everyone who works at the Boston Globe,” Ralph Giallanella, the union’s secretary-treasurer was quoted as saying.
TThe New York Times says that the Globe, New England’s largest newspaper, faces to lose about $85 million this year.
The Boston Newspaper Guild is the paper’s largest union and is made up of more than600 editorial, advertising and business office workers.