DQM was just forwarded a copy of a survey the Boston Newspaper Guild sent to its membership, apparently today, seeking employee thoughts on how to proceed in negotiations.
I've pasted the survey below; apologies in advance for any formatting funkiness. Note that respondents are given the possibility of linking wage concessions to similar concessions by management, which strikes me as eminently reasonable, given the fat, non-outcome-driven compensation that top execs at the Times Co.
The Boston Newspaper Guild is the biggest union at the Globe, and the union that's currently being asked by the NYT Co. to make the biggest sacrifices to prevent the paper from closing. As such, it's poised to help shape the future of Boston journalism, for better or worse. But only one member of the Guild's seven-member executive committee--Kathy McCabe, the union's recording secretary, who's a correspondent for the Globe North section--actually works as a journalist.
Update: This post was originally titled "The Herald's excellent, incendiary Times Co. scoop." Alas, "scoop" was a poor term to use: a reader notes that Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson's salary was making the web rounds last week, and that Globe publisher Steve Ainsley's salary was cited by The Boston Channel yesterday
A reliable source tells DQM that the New York Times Co. has threatened to close the Boston Globe if the paper's unions don't agree to $20 million in concessions in the next 30 days. Possible concessions include pay cuts, the end of pension contributions by the NYT Co., and the elimination of the lifetime job guarantees some union members enjoy.
Some thoughts on the pay-cut program announced today by the New York Times Co., parent company of the Boston Globe:
--At the Globe, at least, management's push for a union pay cut isn't new. It was happening eight months ago. At the time, though, there was talk of a 10 percent reduction, twice what's being bandied about now.
In his reply to today's announcement of up to 50 impending newsroom cuts at the Boston Globe, Boston Newspaper Guild president Dan Totten argues that any cuts should focus exclusively on Globe management.
Also noteworthy: according to Totten's email, the new buyout program will be open to all editorial staff, however long they've worked at the paper.
If you thought that the recent decision by Boston Globe drivers to accept a wage cut and fewer holidays meant that Globe management was successfully making the case for austerity to the paper's employees, think again.
Yesterday--in advance of a December 9 meeting on the possible re-opening of the contract of the Boston Newspaper Guild, the paper's largest union--BNG head Dan Totten sent a memo to Globe management that excoriated management's approach to employee relations.
According to the Boston Globe, the paper's redesign in general--and the debut of "g" in particular--is all about serving readers better. For example, here's how the paper pitched "g" in today's explanation to readers:
Our new magazine-style section will be called “g” — for Globe — and it
reflects what you, our readers, have been telling us about how you
prefer to receive your reviews, previews, profiles and arts, culture
and features coverage.