Boston Globe union votes against pay, benefit cuts

Members of The Boston Globe's largest employees union have narrowly rejected a new contract marked by $10 million in concessions despite threats of even deeper wage cuts or the possible closure of the 137-year-old newspaper. The Boston Newspaper Guild voted 277-265 Monday against the new contract negotiated after the Globe's parent company, The New York Times Co., said it needed $20 million in annual savings from Globe unions - half from the Guild. The contract included an 8.3 percent wage cut, five-day unpaid furloughs and cuts in health and pension benefits. It also would have eliminated lifetime job guarantees for 190 Guild workers. The Times Co. has said that if the contract was rejected, it would try to impose a 23 percent wage cut. It also could follow through on its threat to close the Globe.