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Two Globe Unions Accept Concessions

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Two major unions at the Boston Globe ratified contract modifications that would cut salaries and benefits in an attempt to save the paper.

The approvals would save the owner, The New York Times Co., more than $7 million.

Mary White, the president of local one of the Boston Mailers Teamsters, said members only narrowly approved the changes.

"The members are angry. I think they're discouraged," White said. "Obviously many of them felt that the concessions were too deep and they made a statement that they weren't going to go down that easy."

The mailers contract included a 5 percent pay cut, pension freeze and changes to lifetime job guarantees.

The Boston Printing Pressman's Union also agreed to concessions.

Two other major Boston Globe unions vote on proposed concessions next month. The Times has threatened to shut down the paper unless it gets $20 million in concessions from all of the Globe's unions.

This program aired on May 27, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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