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The New York Times: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

In yet one more case of bald-faced hypocrisy, here's this nugget from the New York Times lead editorial yesterday:

"More fiscal stimulus will be needed to support more demand and, in turn, more jobs. At the same time, the administration’s early promise to champion middle-class issues and a progressive labor agenda must be realized, rather than eclipsed, as appears to be the case at present. Goals like stronger unions will not change the quality of workers’ economic life overnight, but moving toward them, starting now, will help to renew the hope that proved so fleeting this week." (Emphasis ours)

So far, so good. But then there was this item that ran in the Boston Globe on Friday:

"The New York Times Co. has threatened to shut the Boston Globe unless the newspaper's unions swiftly agree to $20 million in concessions, union leaders said. Executives from the Times Co. and Globe made the demands Thursday morning in an approximately 90- minute meeting with leaders of the newspaper's 13 unions, union officials said. The possible concessions include pay cuts, the end of pension contributions by the company and the elimination of lifetime job guarantees now enjoyed by some veteran employees, said Daniel Totten, president of the Boston Newspaper Guild, the Globe's biggest union, which represents more than 700 editorial, advertising and business office employees."

Looks like the Times is all for stronger unions and a progressive labor agenda, as long as it doesn't apply to them.


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