Monday, June 8, 2009

Contract vote today for Guild as drivers approve Globe cuts

The last of The Boston Globe's biggest unions votes today on major concessions that management says it needs to keep operating the money-losing paper, following yesterday's approval by delivery truck drivers of $2.5 million in wage and benefit cuts.

In the most visible, if not most contentious, ratification vote, members of the Globe's largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, will decide whether to accept a contract offer that would cut wages and benefits by $10 million and eliminate lifetime job guarantees for some veteran workers. Six other bargaining units - including the drivers' union, Teamsters Local 259, which ratified its contract by a vote of 89 to 69 yesterday morning - have approved concessions worth about $10 million.

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