Boston Globe to print and deliver rival paper

In what is being called a “historic agreement,” Teamsters unanimously approved a plan Sunday to have the Boston Globe print and deliver the Boston Herald. About 50 jobs will be lost. Herald publisher Patrick Purcell says:

The cooperation among the Herald, Globe and Teamsters Local Union 259 is unprecedented in Boston, recognizing that it makes sound financial sense to consolidate print and delivery functions.

Media companies are facing numerous challenges, and a streamlined approach to operations will ensure the economic viability of both newspapers and allow each of us to serve our readers and advertisers with a distinct voice.

Boston Globe publisher Christopher Mayer says in a statement that “although a Globe subsidiary already distributes some copies of the Herald, the deal reflects a heightened level of cooperation between the two organizations with benefits to each.”

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