Friday, April 17, 2009

Guaranteed jobs came at a price; Globe, other papers gave security and got concessions

Few people outside the newspaper industry have heard of lifetime job guarantees. But they have become key and contentious issues in the union negotiations over the future of The Boston Globe.

The Globe is among several big city dailies, including the flagship paper of its owner, the New York Times Co., that have used such guarantees as way to introduce new technology and gain other concessions without risking strikes by unions. Now the Times Co. is seeking to undo those guarantees, promised during flush times, as part of $20 million in concessions it is seeking from Globe unions.

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