“Beat the Press” blogger Ralph Ranalli, a former Boston Globe staffer and a Guild official back when he was at the Boston Herald, does not rule out another “no” vote as members of the Boston Newspaper Guild decide today on $10 million in concessions negotiated with the New York Times Co. Ranalli writes:
The Times telegraphed its intentions by openly seeking buyers for the Globe before the hugely-important contract with its largest union was settled. The lame duck owner, deep in debt, couldn’t make it any plainer that it’s in asset-dump mode….
With their position potentially strengthening, the questions facing each Guild member going forward today are: “Is it worth hanging on?” and “How long can I?” The answers may well determine the outcome of today’s vote.
We’ll know tonight.