Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Boston Gets Out of the Printing Business
Link to June 30 Boston Globe article, "Boston will stop its presses. Budget woes prompt city to outsource production".
Excerpt: A budget crunch has pushed Boston out of the printing business, prompting the city to outsource the production of everything from business cards to death certificates to temporary “no parking’’ signs. The move, city officials say, will save an estimated $800,000 next fiscal year and $1 million annually going forward.
The closure will eliminate the jobs of 16 printers, binders, and compositors, many of whom have worked for the city for decades. In a tough budget year, most of the attention has focused on layoffs of library workers and school custodians. The tradesmen feel forgotten.