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Herald-ing the Globe’s woes

Looks like at least a few Boston Globe staff members are mighty unhappy at their union leaders for keeping them in the dark. Boston Herald media reporter Jessica Heslam writes that the Globe’s Donovan Slack e-mailed her co-workers last Friday demanding some accountability:

With all due respect, I’m starting to wonder about our union leadership and whether we are going in the right direction. Would appreciate your immediate candor about what is being asked of us and exactly what actions you are taking.

The Herald also publishes the entire “Book of Life” (PDF) — 340 Globe employees (some who are no longer there) with lifetime contracts, thought to be a considerable stumbling block in paring the Globe’s expenses and/or preparing it for sale.

In another Herald piece, reporters Jerry Kronenberg and Christine McConville quote former Globe staffer Doug Bailey, who speculates that the New York Times Co. will simply fold some Boston-area news into the New England edition of its flagship paper.

And Eileen McNamara, a former Globe columnist and Pulitzer winner, weighs in with a Herald commentary today whose headline — “Times Pimps, Pillages Globe” — is a pretty accurate reflection of her rage.

My respect for McNamara notwithstanding, her it’s hard to share her anger when the entire business is collapsing — and when other newspaper companies are in even worse shape.

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  1. mike_b1

    McNamara’s column is so much tripe, I thought I was reading the Sports page. Local ownership would save the day? News flash: The New York Times is locally owned, too. “Yeah, that’s it. That’s the ticket.” *eye roll*

  2. Jerry

    Re the Book of Life — some not only are no longer at the Globe but in fact have been gone for many years.

  3. NewsHound

    It is almost impossible to not see that negotiations are taking place to meet a prospective buyer’s requirements. Since GateHouse already may need to go through bankruptcy, it very well could be the prospective buyer and will subsequently spin-off a New England entity.

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