FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Contact The Boston Newspaper Guild: BostonNewspaperGuildCWA@gmail.com
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joins top elected officials in supporting Boston Globe employees
“Throughout the pandemic, reporters have been out in our communities bringing us the vital information that we need and we rely on. There’s just no substitution for that.” - AG Maura Healey
BOSTON, MA – In a video statement released today, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey voiced support for the Boston Newspaper Guild employees who have been in protracted labor negotiations for over 1,000 days.
Healey is the latest in a growing list of high-ranking elected officials to throw their support behind Globe workers. Earlier this week, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey also called on the Globe’s billionaire owners John Henry and Linda Pizzuti Henry to drop their outsourcing proposals and resolve the ongoing labor dispute.
The statement from Attorney General Healey read:
“I’m proud to stand with the members of the Boston Newspaper Guild. A free press and fact-based journalism are essential to a vibrant democracy. Throughout the pandemic, reporters have been out in our communities bringing us the vital information that we need and we rely on. There’s just no substitution for that. The dedicated employees at The Globe and STAT News service work around the clock to do just that — bring us journalism we can trust. I support the reporters, editors, page designers, and so many others who work to bring us the news every day. They’ve made The Boston Globe the Pulitzer-prize-winning, nationally acclaimed newspaper that it is. These workers have been without a contract for far too long. I encourage The Globe leadership to continue to bargain in good faith and to swiftly reach a resolution.”
Representatives Katherine Clark (D-Mass) and Jim McGovern (D-Mass) also expressed solidarity with Guild members at The Boston Globe earlier this year.
For nearly three years, Boston Globe executives have advanced wrong-headed outsourcing proposals that would undermine the newspaper’s award-winning journalism. The newspaper’s owners are represented by the Trump campaign’s notorious law firm Jones Day.
Globe employees say they’ll continue to fight to maintain the same high-quality, independent journalism readers count on, and to keep the Globe’s reporting local. In a recent internal poll, an overwhelming majority of the Boston Newspaper Guild members said they would support a strike authorization vote.
The Boston Newspaper Guild (BNG) represents more than 300 Boston Globe employees, including reporters, editors, page designers, photographers, web producers, advertising salespeople, and advertising sales support persons, ad-designers, circulation managers, accountants, marketers, and information technology specialists, shippers/receivers, and secretaries. For decades, its members have produced Pulitzer Prize-winning, nationally-acclaimed work, as well as safeguarding the rights and benefits of Globe employees.