One month after officially filing charges against its president, Dan Totten, The Boston Globe‘s biggest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, has turned in a petition signed by nearly 150 members seeking to oust Totten. The union prez is set to appear before a union trial next week to face charges of misappropriating union funds, The Boston Herald reported.
24 percent of the union membership reportedly signed the petition, but only 20 percent is required for a recall election.
Totten led the guild through contentious negotiations with the Globe‘s owners, The New York Times Co., earlier this year. But although the union membership initially voted to reject the Times Co.’s proposed cuts, resulting in a 23 percent unilateral pay cut for all its members, the guild eventually approved a second offer, which seemed very similar to the first.
Totten first ran into trouble with the union in September, when the petition to remove him from office first started circulating around the Globe. Although the Globe is no longer in danger of being sold off by the Times Co., now its biggest union faces uncertainty about its leadership as we head towards the New Year.
Globe petition seeks to remove Guild President —Boston Herald