Sulzberger Speaks! A Response in the [em]Boston Globe[/em] Dispute

Today, The Observer reported that Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. has responded to the Oct. 19 letter sent to him on behalf of the Boston Newspaper Guild. Senator Ted Kennedy, and over two dozen political and labor leaders, signed the union letter that criticized the New York Times Company’s management of the Boston Globe.

After the jump is the entire Sulzberger response, and a reply by Daniel Totten, president of the Boston Newspaper Guild.

-Michael Calderone

Dear _____________: (Letters were individually sent to each of the signatories)

Thank you for your letter regarding the Boston Globe. As you acknowledge, these are very challenging times for the newspaper industry and the Globe is not immune to those pressures.

We all agree that the Globe is one of the nation’s leading newspapers. No one is prouder of the Globe’s long history of providing quality journalism to its readers than we are. Since the Times Company purchased it in 1993, the Globe has won six Pulitzer Prizes, including the prestigious Gold Medal for Public Service in 2003 for its investigation into the widespread sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests. More recently, Globe reporter Gareth Cook won the Pulitzer for explanatory reporting for his articles on stem cell research.

At the same time that the Globe has produced great journalism, we have taken many important steps to put it on a more stable financial footing. We have expanded the scope of our New England Media Group, adding numerous new products and features, both in print and online, and building our competitive reach throughout the region. We acquired the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, invested in MetroBoston and New England Sports Ventures, and expanded its direct mail subsidiary, GlobeDirect. All of these measures help to support our quality journalism in and around Boston.

As we move ahead, we will remain focused on ensuring the long-term financial health of the Globe so that it can continue to fulfill its journalistic mission.

Sincerely,
Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.

All of the achievements noted in the Sulzberger reply to the leaders who signed the letter in support of The Boston Newspaper Guild, were gained by the most valuable resource the company has : human beings, the people of The Boston Newspaper Guild.It’s these people who continue to make the Boston Globe great.

The Boston Newspaper Guild helps The NY Times and The Globe achieve their journalistic “mission” each and every day and is proud to do so. We also have members across all walks of the business : advertising, circulation, production, design, production, security and more, with people working hard each and every day to achieve The Globe’s business mission.

The short term and long term financial health of The Boston Globe is best served by treating Boston Newspaper Guild members with the dignity and respect they bring to their daily jobs.

The Boston Newspaper Guild appreciates and respects the dignity of the local labor and political community who showed their true integrity by standing up for what is right and signing the letter in support of the BNG.

Our goals are simple and they consist of fair and decent health care for employees and wages included from online work that is consistent with the work being done by Guild members.

Boston Newspaper Guild members have made The Boston Globe an incredible part of the fabric of Boston and remain committed to continuing this great tradition. All we ask is the same commitment to us in return.

Sincerely,
Daniel B. Totten
Boston Newspaper Guild