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Globe management to Globe unions: "turnaround" is working

At a meeting between Globe management and the Globe's union leadership earlier today, publisher Steve Ainsley  offered a reassuringly optimistic take on the state and direction of the paper. (He also declined comment on a possible Globe sale, citing the Times Co.'s wishes, which comes as no surprise.)  An email from the Boston Newspaper Guild's executive committee that synopsizes the meeting follows:

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Dear BNG member,

Today the Executive Committee, along with the other Globe Union leaders, met with the company.

Publisher Steve Ainsley reviewed the Globe’s financial performance to date. The company will hold employee meetings to update everyone.

Some highlights of Ainsley’s presentation:

·The business turnaround plan is working.

·Revenue from print, online and circulation is improving.

·Union concessions, including our $10 million, are a big part of putting the company back on track, Ainsley said.

·Unions asked about the sale of the Globe. Ainsley responded that he was told by the New York Times to make no comment.

·A question about layoffs was also asked. Ainsley said there are no plans at this time, but that the company will continually review the company’s performance.

·Unions also expressed concerns about the company’s decision to close the medical department and the risk it poses for the health and wellbeing of all Globe employees.

As always, if you have questions please do not hesitate to ask.

In solidarity,

Your Executive Committee

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