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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

What, no sacrifice of first borns?

The New York Times' decision to propose a 23 percent wage cut as its "last, best offer" suggests the Overlords of 8th Avenue are looking for nothing but abject capitulation in its talks with the Boston Newspaper Guild.

When compared to the Guild's layered proposal to shave $10 million from costs, it's hard to take seriously the notion that what has taken place over the last month was anything more than a sham setting up for any number of options -- from declaring an impasse or moving toward a bankruptcy filing as a way to abrogate its contract with the Guild.

And in light of the seemingly easier talks with craft unions -- who gave up the lifetime job guarantees that Guild President Dan Totten said were non-negotiable -- you really have to wonder how many times the word "punish" entered the discussions of the Times' team.

A 23 percent cut would likely void the lifetime guarantee clause anyway -- as Guild members bail. And this way there wouldn't be the need for a severance package.

It's just hard to take this stance seriously -- even though the stakes are just that.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous George Snell said...

That seems like an outrageous proposal, although it appears now that the sides are close to an agreement.

But even if they do find a way - the Globe is still in big trouble:

http://tinyurl.com/d93a9j

May 06, 2009 9:12 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

No question this is the the ultimate in Pyrrhic victories.

May 06, 2009 6:56 PM  

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