Monday, May 4, 2009

Boston Globe's Guild says its cuts exceed demand

The Boston Globe's largest union said late Sunday it had proposed more than the $10 million in cuts sought by its owner to keep the newspaper running.

The New York Times Co. last month threatened to close the 137-year-old Globe unless its unions agreed to $20 million in labor concessions. The Globe's largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, was asked to make $10 million in cuts.

In a statement released two hours before a midnight deadline Sunday, the Guild said its proposal calls for "tremendous sacrifices, across virtually all categories of compensation and benefits."

It was unclear whether the Globe's other unions had made proposals for the remaining $10 million in cuts.

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