BOSTON — The management of the Boston Globe threatened late Sunday to begin the process of shutting down the newspaper in a dispute with its unions over $20 million in cuts.
The Globe's owner, New York Times Co., gave its biggest union a copy of a notice it was prepared to file Monday if it was unable to agree on concessions by midnight Sunday. A 60-day shutdown notice is required under federal law.
The deadline passed without word from either side.
The Boston Newspaper Guild, representing more than 700 employees, called the move a "bullying" tactic.
Earlier Sunday, the guild said it had proposed more than the $10 million in cuts to keep the newspaper running.
The Times Co. last month threatened to close the 137-year-old Globe unless its unions agreed to $20 million in cuts, including half from the Newspaper Guild.
In a statement released two hours before a midnight deadline Sunday, the guild said its proposal called for "tremendous sacrifices, across virtually all categories of compensation and benefits."