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Globe Union Takes Up Contract Concessions

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The Boston Globe's largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, is voting on a proposed contract that would cut wages and benefits to save the paper’s owner, The New York Times Co., $10 million.

Members of the Newspaper Guild will vote by secret ballot until 8 p.m. Monday. Some 680 editorial, advertising and business office workers are deciding whether to accept a 10 percent pay cut as well as reductions in health benefits, pensions and retirement.

Reporter Beth Daley said she will vote “no” in the hopes the union can renegotiate a smaller pay cut of 5 percent.

"I believe that The New York Times handed us a proposal that if they just tweaked in a very minor way, they could get a 'yes' vote," said Daley.

But the paper’s publisher said in a letter to employees that if the Guild contract doesn’t pass, the company will impose a 23 percent pay cut.

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