The travails of The Boston Globe have devoured barrels of ink of late. The New York Times Co., owner of the paper, has threatened to shut the paper down next week if employee unions won't provide $20 million in concessions.
But the print media in the Renaissance City, coping with the same decline in advertising revenue that has swept the entire newspaper industry, is facing trouble of its own.
Hill said managers strongly suggested, in a recent meeting, that "they were not really there to negotiate" and would offer no more than the three personal days. But the top brass has not yet formally responded to the union's counter-offer.
This is a tricky business, this pay cut request. The obvious concern, especially for younger staffers low on the seniority list: the company will pink slip employees if the union doesn't accept the pay cut. But Hill says management has assured the Guild that a pay cut refusal will not trigger layoffs.
ProJo publisher Howard Sutton did not return a call for comment this afternoon.