Telegram & Gazette shits press to Boston, 60 jobs lost


The Telegram & Gazette will shift most of its printing operations from its Millbury plant to the Boston Globe's printing facility in Dorchester, a move that will result in the layoff of 64 employees.

Publisher Bruce Gaultney announced the change in a memo to employees this morning. The layoffs cover 48 full-time and 16 part-time employees. All full-time employees will receive severance packages.

T&G management is meeting with the affected employees today.

“This was an extremely difficult decision because we all know the excellent contributions our co-workers have made to the company over the years,” Mr. Gaultney said in the memo. “I sincerely appreciate their dedication to the important task of printing the newspaper every day of the year.”

The Globe will begin printing the Sunday Telegram and all weekday editions of the T&G. The T&G will continue printing its Saturday paper.

Mr. Gaultney said the move will not change the time subscribers receive their newspapers in the morning. Cost savings from the move, he said, will allow the T&G to “invest in our multi-media efforts and to provide the most comprehensive local news coverage in Central Massachusetts.”

The T&G will shut down two Goss Flexoliner presses but will continue to operate the offset press that serves most of its commercial print customers. The offset press will also print the Saturday T&G.

The Millbury printing facility has 175 employees. With this latest wave of layoffs, the facility will have 111 employees.

In an effort to cut costs, other newspapers are also making changes to their printing operations. The Globe and the Boston Herald, longtime rivals, announced an agreement this week that allows the Globe to print and distribute the Herald.

The T&G and the Globe both are owned by the New York Times Co.

Source: Telegram