Boston Herald Says Labor Pacts Must Go or Paper Goes Under

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Boston Herald Publisher Patrick Purcell announced a pending sale of the newspaper to Gatehouse Media on December 8, 2017. Staff photo by Arthur Pollock

Reprinted from The Boston Herald by Brian Dowling on January 31, 2018.

The Herald is firing back at union objections to its bankruptcy plan by arguing that if costly labor contracts aren’t axed, buyers will disappear and the newspaper will go under — leaving the paper’s creditors to sell off furniture, computers and other hard assets to recoup little of what they’re owed.

The newspaper, bankrupt since December 8, said it has only attracted suitors for a February 13 auction whose bids are contingent on having the collective bargaining agreements tossed. …

In its opposition to The Herald’s plan for the contracts, the Communication Workers of America — whose local is the Newspaper Guild of Greater Boston — said employees stripped of their contract could have “no choice but to exercise their right to strike.” …

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