Sulzberger, Robinson Try To Calm Boston Globe Employees’ Fears In Meeting Today

nytco.pngBoston Globe employees have been expecting a visit from New York Times Co. executives Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Janet Robinson since late last month, and we didn’t really know what to expect.

Today, Sulzberger and Robinson told staffers that although they are in talks to sell the Boston paper, they are not being forced to sell it if offers from prospective buyers are too low, the Globe reported.

“Our hand is not being forced,” Sulzberger told the Boston employees. “We are not in a situation where we must absolutely sell the Globe or the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for the good of the company.”

Sulzberger added that the decision to sell would take a number of factors into consideration, including the impact a sale would have on the paper and the Boston community.

But the exec’s assurances did little to assuage the Globe‘s beleaguered employees’ fears or doubts in the company. One staffer, Jeanne Shimkus, even drew applause for her contentious comments to Sulzberger and Robinson, the Globe reported: “I have no respect for anything you say. And I don’t believe a word you say,” she said.

“You banged us around really good,” said Marty Callaghan, president of the Boston Newspaper Printing Pressmen’s Union. “Some new owner better not come in here and think that they are going to go, with the way things usually go, and come in and bang these unions around again.”

Whether or not a new owner will be coming in at all remains to be seen, but given the outlook of the economy, chances are the Globe‘s employees aren’t finished being banged around yet.

Times Co. executives meet with Globe employees”The Boston Globe

Earlier: Globe Readies for NYTCo. Execs’ Visit