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Teamsters distribute leaflets at Boston Globe headquarters, cite ‘anti-worker tactics’ by management

Mike Halley (center), Field Representative for Teamsters Local 25 stood outside of the Boston Globe handing out flyers with Globe owner John Henry's face on them that read, "Stop John Henry from Destroying The Boston Globe and The Boston Globe Workers!"
Mike Halley (center), Field Representative for Teamsters Local 25 stood outside of the Boston Globe handing out flyers with Globe owner John Henry's face on them that read, "Stop John Henry from Destroying The Boston Globe and The Boston Globe Workers!"Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Members of the Teamsters local representing drivers who deliver the Boston Globe newspaper handed out leaflets Monday outside the company’s headquarters in downtown Boston, asserting company leadership is engaging in “anti-worker tactics.”

The flyers did not specify the union’s concerns, but one of the Teamsters handing out leaflets said they were being forced to start working out of a facility in Newton that isn’t completely ready.

The Globe is in the process of selling its longtime headquarters building on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester and has shifted printing operations to a facility in Taunton and a distribution hub created in Newton. Editorial and management operations were relocated to 1 Exchange Place in downtown Boston earlier this year.

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Steve Wolongevicz, who’s worked for the Globe’s delivery department for over 20 years, was among the handful of union members handing out leaflets just after 7 a.m. Monday. He said the company will not listen to their concerns.

“We’re being forced into a situation where the warehouse in Newton is not properly ready,” Wolongevicz said.

The Globe declined to comment Monday morning.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.