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Boston Globe Union Rejects Cuts

The Boston Newspaper Guild, the largest union at the Boston Globe, has rejected a package of wage and benefit cuts in a bit of brinksmanship with The New York Times Co., which owns the Globe.

The Times had threatened to unilaterally impose a 23 percent pay cut if the union membership refused to accept the reductions. But the union has argued that the company does not have the power to institute a wage cut on its own and has vowed to go to court to block such a move.

A divided guild, in a vote watched closely by media types throughout New England, voted 277 to 265 today to reject the package, which included, according toa story on boston.com, "pay cuts totalling more than 10 percent; deep cuts to health and retirement benefits, including a pension freeze; and the elimination of lifetime job guarantees for about 170 veteran members."

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