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Boston Globe cuts 32 advertising jobs

Robert Gavin / March 12, 2009
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The Boston Globe said yesterday it reduced by half the sales force that takes classified advertising over the telephone. Thirty classified employees, including two managers and 13 part-time employees, lost jobs. In addition, the positions of two other advertising managers were eliminated, said Robert Powers, the Globe's spokesman.

The reductions follow a decline in classified advertising that has affected newspapers nationwide. The Globe in January stopped publishing classified ads Monday through Thursday. In addition, classified ads are increasingly placed online, rather than by phone, Powers said.

Dan Totten, president of the Boston Newspaper Guild, the union that represents the workers, called the job cuts "horrendous." He said job cuts have fallen disproportionately on union workers compared with managers. "Management has yet to do their fair share," Totten said.

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