America’s journalists will continue to fight Gannett’s self-destruction and will fight to rebuild local news

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (December 1, 2022) — Jon Schleuss, president of The NewsGuild-CWA, released the following statement regarding Gannett’s announcement of layoffs:

“Local news is being murdered by firms like Gannett. The company insists there’s no other way, that the cuts are necessary to ensure that Gannett remains financially viable. Meanwhile, the same Gannett is burning millions on debt service, executive pay, stock buybacks and anti-worker lawyers. Gannett exists to feed Wall Street at the expense of workers, readers and subscribers. What Gannett fails to remember is that the company’s value was built by its workers and through the commitment and support of their readers. Gannett’s workers are fighting to return Gannett back to a local news company.

“The path to a viable future for Gannett is not austerity. It’s not cutting its workforce, eliminating digital jobs or depleting resources. The path to abundant, profitable newsrooms is building a company that meets the needs of our communities — through vibrant, diverse reporting, and livable, equitable wages and benefits for the workers so they can live in the communities they cover.

“We cannot sit back and let local news be axed by corporate greed. Thousands of Guild members are ready to help every worker organize their newsroom, support them and take direct action against austerity. Let’s fight to make sure we don’t pay for the company’s self-inflicted wounds.”

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 1, 2022) — Susan DeCarava, president of The NewsGuild of New York, released the following statement regarding Gannett’s announcement of layoffs:

“Guild members have repeatedly demonstrated, in the face of constant union-busting by Gannett executives, the power of worker solidarity. We are organizing and fighting back against Gannett’s abandonment of the news our communities deserve. We’re fighting for our families, for our neighbors, and our right to news and information that is central to our lives. It is a fight to preserve a diverse, viable democracy through journalism. It is also a fight for the right to live abundant lives, doing the work we love. By their actions, Gannett executives have made clear their utter disregard for their readership. We’re committed to making Gannett better for all, now and into the future.”

Fort Worth NewsGuild members strike over unfair labor practices by Star-Telegram owner McClatchy

FORT WORTH — The Fort Worth NewsGuild is on strike, effective immediately. 

Journalists at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram are the first in Texas and the first at a newspaper owned by McClatchy to strike. Members of the Guild decided to strike with an overwhelming majority of support — 91% of signed members — because of the company’s continued refusal to bargain in good faith. 

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Journalists at Louisville’s paper of record celebrate landslide union victory

Journalists at The Courier Journal, Kentucky’s highest-circulation newspaper, today secured a confident victory in their long-awaited union election. Eligible staff voted to certify the new Courier Journal Guild by a margin of 22 to 4. The Courier Journal Guild is part of the Indianapolis NewsGuild, TNG-CWA Local 34070.

Billy Kobin, Metro Government and Breaking News reporter, was one of many staffers to share his excitement after the election results were announced. “The outcome of the vote was never really in doubt, as I had confidence in our support and collective strength,” said Kobin. “But seeing the vote tally happen live was a welcome sight nonetheless. It’s time to keep the momentum going.”

Food reporter Dahlia Ghabour agreed, saying “I am thrilled by the overwhelming majority of staff who voted to unionize at the Courier Journal. We know we are stronger together and we deserve better treatment from Gannett corporate. This union will allow us to bargain for benefits that will help The Courier Journal continue to thrive and serve the Louisville community, and we couldn’t be more proud.”

Courier Journal staff announced their union drive and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board on August 30, 2022. Members stayed strong and united despite the extended wait for an election, and in the face of parent company Gannett’s multiple announcements of anti-worker cost-cutting measures during the CJ Guild’s public campaign, including mandatory Christmas furloughs and staff buyouts.

Indianapolis NewsGuild President Jenna Watson – a photojournalist at the Gannett-owned IndyStar – congratulated members of the victorious Courier Journal Guild for taking this massive step towards improving working conditions across the company.

“Our local just got a whole lot stronger! We are thrilled to see the Courier Journal Guild win its union election today, officially joining TNG-CWA 34070,” said Watson. “It’s inspiring to see them celebrate and reap the rewards of months of work they’ve put into unionizing. They now have a seat at the table with our parent company, Gannett, at a time when our workers repeatedly find themselves in vulnerable positions and at risk of losing our jobs.”

Indeed, this victory comes only two days after Gannett announced a second round of cost-cutting layoffs, following an earlier round of cuts in August of this year. The company’s announcement pointed to a need to “enter the new year in a stronger economic position” by reducing the news division workforce. Meanwhile, Gannett CEO Mike Reed took home $7.7 million in compensation in 2021 alone.

The Courier Journal Guild is not the only new unit to join the Indianapolis NewsGuild this year, as the staff of Gannett’s Midwest Digital Optimization Team (DOT) publicly announced their union drive on October 20. The new Midwest Digital Guild will also join Local 34070, covering the digital producers and journalists who manage Gannett and USA Today content across Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. DOT staffers will receive their NLRB ballots at the beginning of December, with an anticipated vote count date of January 6, 2023.

Pittsburgh newspaper workers are making history

Online “strike paper” is part of an esteemed tradition

It’s rare for private-sector union members to go on strike these days. But it’s even rarer for journalists to walk off the job.

I remember occasionally bringing up the idea of a strike with fellow NewsGuild members when I was a reporter at The Monterey Herald from 2004 to 2014, but it always seemed like no one had the will or ability to make it happen. We had rent payments, mortgages, medical expenses, kids in college and so many other reasons that made the few dollars we’d receive in strike pay seem untenable.

We weren’t alone. The last newspaper strike I can remember was the great Detroit News and Free Press strike, which lasted two years and ended in 1997.

Looking further east, the city of Pittsburgh hadn’t seen a news strike since 1992.

But 20 years later, at noon on Oct. 18, reporters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette walked away after Pressmen, Mailers, Teamsters and Typographical union members struck earlier that month. Many had not had a pay raise in 14 or more years, and they allege the company took part in unfair labor practices. Since 2017, the Pittsburgh Guild has been stalled at the bargaining table with the paper’s owners, the Toledo-based Block family.

And like their predecessors in Detroit, the Pittsburgh workers are now doing something rarer still — since Oct. 21, they’ve been publishing a “strike paper.”

The term itself — if modern readers have even heard of such a thing — might evoke sepia-toned images of the era of newsies and Citizen-Kane-media-moguls.

But the strike paper is alive and kicking in western Pennsylvania, where Post-Gazette news workers are now producing an online publication called the Union Progress. Like strike papers of the past, it keeps workers and communities informed about the strike itself, and also keeps residents up on local news and events, filling a void left by the workers’ absence at the Post-Gazette.

The publication’s home page offers a robust mix of politics, sports and community news, as well as strike updates. It even published an in-depth history of the strike paper by Joshua Axelrod, a pop culture and media reporter at the Post-Gazette.

Meanwhile, workers from 14 Gannett newsrooms across the U.S. held a one-day walkout on Nov. 4 and they, too, produced an online strike paper. The Union Press provided local news and sports coverage alongside union updates.

Online strike papers make history

Unlike strike papers of the past, Union Progress journalist But that doesn’t mean launching an entirely new publication is easy.

“It’s still a lot of work, especially while you’re also being on strike, which is a lot of work,”interim editor Bob Batz Jr. told SaveLocalNews.org.

Its output is staggering. As of Nov. 7, the weeks-old publication has produced 60 stories written under more than 20 bylines. Batz said there have been “another half dozen” photo credits, with a growing cadre of journalists helping to edit and work on back-end technology.

Besides strike updates, the site is heavy on community news — what Batz calls “stories that our pros want to do and that our public wants to read while our pros are not working at the Post-Gazette.”

It’s a way for Pittsburgh’s reporters to demonstrate their commitment to readers, and the stories published contain the same level of information and context you’d expect from professional journalists.

“The path to a majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives likely runs through about a dozen towns clustered together on the Allegheny River, just northeast of Pittsburgh,” reads the lede to an election story published Sunday, Nov. 6.

Another example of the kind of reporting that matters to communities is “OVERGROWN BRUSH ON A ROSS HILLSIDE HIDES THE FORGOTTEN STONES AND STORIES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN VETERANS,” which ran Nov. 11.

“These journalists are like thoroughbreds,” Batz said. “These horses have to run. So the Pittsburgh Union Progress gives them that outlet to do what is more than just a job, but is also an avocation and an important leg of democracy at this time.

“We’re taking our role very seriously and we want to keep doing it. …If we can cover an important story that other outlets aren’t covering, we will try to. But we’re also not afraid to have a little fun.”

That includes expanding arts and entertainment coverage along with a sports news “channel” that covers Western Pennsylvania’s high school football playoffs — “because our readers care a lot about them,” he said.

Fun also means riffing off the publication’s acronym, PUP. On the picket line, digital designer Tyler Pecyna and his wife, Cass Martin, Tweeted a photo of one of their dogs taking part in the protest.

Strike papers and good journalism

Fun aside, strike papers have a history of producing important journalism.

During the 1994 San Francisco newspaper strike, the workers of the Chronicle and Examiner formed the online San Francisco Free Press. It published a scoop in its first week when it reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein had been wrongly accused in the 1980s of hiring an undocumented worker.

In addition, the Free Press and another online publication called The Gate revolutionized the newspaper industry by showing that, as The New York Times put it, “the speed and relative ease with which both groups published electronic newspapers was a clear demonstration of the power of computers and digital networks for distributing information to a potential audience of millions of computer users worldwide.” (Of course, the Times article, published in 1994, did miss the mark when it added, “Even among the most dedicated cyber-surfers who are reading the San Francisco on-line issues, there is a feeling that electronic publications are not likely to replace paper any time soon.”)

The Madison Press Connection, a strike paper in Wisconsin, lasted from 1977-1980. Workers from five unions and three newspaper companies cooperatively produced the paper, which went from weekly to daily publication in 1978. It published numerous scoops that might have been less likely to run in the area’s mainstream papers, including an exclusive about local CIA spying during the 1960s and a 1979 article about secrets of the hydrogen bomb. Its very first issue beat the town’s larger papers with reporting on a proposed property tax hike.

Another strike paper, the Citizens’ Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Penna., was formed in 1978 by workers from The Times Leader newspaper. For its first 11 years, it was run by a NewsGuild local before its workers took ownership. They sold it to Times-Shamrock Communications in 2000. In 2014, Citizens’ Voice’s circulation surpassed The Times Leader’s. Forty-four years after it launched, the former strike paper has arguably become Wilkes-Barre’s local paper of record.

Progress in Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, the striking workers and their online paper are busy with picket lines and election coverage. But they also appear to be having a profound effect on the Post-Gazette’s owners.

On Nov. 5, after two years of silence, that paper’s management has finally agreed to sit down at the bargaining table with the Newspaper Guild, which represents roughly 100 Post-Gazette journalists. They’re scheduled to meet on Nov. 14.

Although the Union Progress is slated to shut down once the strike ends, for now it’s growing every day, and has nearly 1,400 followers on its Twitter account.

Batz said he and his colleagues don’t yet know what the Nov. 14 negotiating session means for their publication. “And we don’t yet know what this PUP can grow into in the meantime.”

View of the Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 2020.

FCC and DOJ have more than enough reasons to stop the Wall Street takeover of America’s local newsrooms

Today The NewsGuild-CWA (TNG-CWA) responded to Standard General’s new FCC filing that attempted to rebut the detailed showing that TNG-CWA and the National Association of Broadcast Employees-CWA (NABET-CWA) submitted to the FCC after reviewing the hedge fund’s and related parties’ confidential filings. Standard General, backed by Apollo Global Management, is attempting to take over TEGNA’s 64 local TV stations.

TNG-CWA’s President Jon Schleuss said the following:

“Journalists are advocates for the truth and Standard General’s most recent attempt to brush off their repeated promises to bankers of station-level job cuts doesn’t pass our standards. Standard General repeatedly asserted on the record to the FCC that it ‘does not intend to reduce station-level staffing’ but its 12 major lenders apparently relied on Standard General’s financial projections showing just the opposite.”

“As the largest labor union of media workers in North America, we are committed to transparency and the truth. If Standard General wants to prove that there are no misrepresentation issues, it can immediately release all of the documents for everyone to see. They have been withheld from public view only because Standard General and Apollo have insisted on keeping them secret.”

“As we have also shown, the unusual structure of this deal opens up the door for these Wall Street funds to collaborate on retransmission fees, program contracts, and other areas of joint interest. This likely is relevant to the Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s ongoing investigation of interlocking relationships between investments by private equity funds including Apollo, as recently reported by Bloomberg.”

“Private equity fund Apollo looks like much more than a passive investor when it has coordinated with Standard General to raise prices. The deal includes an unusual maneuver to sell Apollo’s Boston TV station to Standard General in a way that could permit it to jack up revenues from retransmission fees that cable and satellite companies must pay for every TEGNA station across the country. These price hikes would be passed on to hardworking consumers. This is price-fixing, and absolutely should not be permitted.”  

About The NewsGuild-CWA
The NewsGuild is the largest union of journalists and media workers in North America, representing about 27,000 workers in media, the public sector at nonprofits and other labor unions. The Guild is one of the fastest growing unions on the continent and is a sector of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), which represents workers in telecommunications and information technology, the airline industry, health care, public service and education, manufacturing and other fields.

Hundreds of local Gannett journalists go on strike today

A supermajority of journalists from The Desert Sun, Arizona Republic, and 12 newsrooms in New Jersey and New York including the Record, Asbury Park Press and The Journal News are walking off of the job today in protest of Gannett’s austerity measures which are devastating local news around the country. 

This is the biggest coordinated action from union employees after Gannett laid off 3% of its staff in August, announced more cost-cutting measures in October, and follows a day after the release of their Q3 earnings report 

NATIONAL – Over 200 union journalists across 14 Gannett owned-newsrooms from New York and New Jersey to Arizona and Southern California collectively walked off the job for a one-day strike today. Hundreds more across various other Gannett newsrooms in Austin, Florida, Ohio, Milwaukee and elsewhere are taking a coordinated lunch-time walkout or staging visible pickets in their city in solidarity with their colleagues who are out on strike. 

This action is in response to the company laying off 400 employees and cutting another 400 open positions in August, which represented 3% of staff, followed by additional cost-cutting austerity measures announced in October which included furloughs and cuts to the 401k plan. These devastating cuts to local newsrooms come on the heels of Gannett  announcing a $100M stock buyback program for shareholders in February, directing critical funding away from local newsrooms and to rich shareholders.

Last month, the Economic Policy Institute reported that CEO pay has skyrocketed 1,460% since 1978 and the average CEO is paid hundreds of times as much as a typical worker in 2021. Gannett is no exception. Gannett CEO Mike Reed receives an $8 million annual salary—160 times the median salary of a Gannett worker.

All the while, Gannett has been stalling on bargaining at various tables across the unionized newsrooms, and not bargaining in good faith around demands for family-wage salaries, adequate staffing, and diverse newsrooms. 

Workers taking the one day walkout will be publishing news on Gannett Union Press (gannettunions.org), a strike paper created to continue coverage of important events that the community depends on, like local sports. Additionally, Gannett media workers have launched a GoFundMe to support strikers facing financial hardship due to the strike and their employer’s poverty wages. Many reporters have reported needing to rely on food stamps and housing assistance to get by.

“Rochester’s newsroom has a proud union legacy that dates back to 1935. Some of our predecessors’ contract fights have gone on for well over a decade. Our most recent contract expired in 2019 and we don’t intend to go down that long of a road again,” said Tracy Schuhmacher, Food and Drink Reporter, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “We are excited to be joining forces with Gannett’s newest unions and we’re ready to fight for equitable, living wages at Gannett.”

This one day strike follows in the footsteps of other national collective action by unionized Gannett workers in recent months including a coordinated “lunch-out” in early August where hundreds of workers rallied during lunch time in protest of layoffs, and a “Rally to Save Local News” Town Hall where non-union members, labor and elected leaders, including Florida Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and New York State Senator James Skoufis, as well as musician and activist Billy Bragg attended. The NewsGuild-CWA currently represents around 50 Gannett-owned newsrooms all across the country.

“We have consistently reported about growing prices and cost of living becoming untenable in places like Phoenix, and at the same time Gannett has only made it more expensive through attempting to cut our benefits, making our already pitiful insurance plan more expensive, and refusing to give cost of living increases,” said Joseph Darius Jaafari, Investigative Reporter, The Arizona Republic. “It’s clear that Gannett isn’t in the business of making sure newspapers and democracy thrives; the company, its executives, and their shareholders would rather stuff their pockets before ever assuring a well-educated public. This walkout should show them we’re serious, and that they need to move fast, because three years to negotiate a contract is an embarrassment.”

“Gannett is actively sabotaging our democracy by attacking its own journalists,” said Jon Schleuss, President, NewsGuild-CWA. “The company has the money to invest in journalists and it should start doing that immediately instead of fighting them.” 

“Gannett has no news to print, no stories to publish online, no photos, no content to share without the hard work and dedication of our members,” said Susan DeCarava, President, NewsGuild of New York. “Gannett executives have been robbing journalists and the communities they serve by decimating newsrooms and underpaying workers while lavishing company executives  with extravagant pay, outrageous bonuses and artificially inflating the value of stocks with buyback schemes. We have had enough.” 

“Local journalists are sick and tired of getting jerked around by Gannett, where corporate bosses have dragged their feet for years to avoid reaching fair contracts with their own employees,” said Matt Pearce, President, Media Guild of the West. 

In Gannett Co.’s Q3 Quarterly Earnings Report released yesterday, the company cited as among the factors that could affect its bottom line: “Our ability to recruit and retain key personnel.” Adequately staffed newsrooms that are as  diverse as the communities they serve has been a core union demand at Gannett . 

“The earnings report issued by Gannett yesterday once again shows that Mike Reed’s solutions to the problems facing the company revolve around punishing employees: cutting jobs and cutting compensation is not the pathway to sustainable journalism,” said Tony Daley, Economist, CWA. “The announcement of a reduction of 400 jobs and another 400 vacancies that will not be filled along with furloughs and retirement cuts show a monumental lack of imagination. As much as Reed touts the company’s commitment to journalism, the cutbacks tell the real story: cut newsrooms and the result is the delivery of less news to the communities we serve. Reed’s corporate double-speak needs to be sanctioned by stakeholders. We need leadership that worries less about stock prices and their salaries than about where this company will be in 5, 10, or 20 years.”

Striking Gannett workers as well as colleagues from other unionized and non-unionized newsrooms and the wider community are gathering for a Zoom rally at 1 pm ET to hear about why this action is important and why this is an unfortunate but necessary step forward.

Striking Pittsburgh Post-Gazette workers joining Starbucks workers on strike on Oct. 20, 2022.

NewsGuild-CWA strongly condemns judge and Starbucks for seeking messages between reporters and workers

Last month a federal judge ruled that Starbucks Workers United, a union supporting the organizing of thousands of Starbucks workers across the U.S., must turn over private messages between workers and journalists covering the massive organizing wave at the coffee chain. This ruling has serious implications for media coverage of unionization efforts and could chill workers from talking to journalists. It also inhibits the ability of the public’s long-standing right to know about labor disputes and potential labor violations.

Given the high profile of the Starbucks union fight, dozens of workers could have their conversations with journalists exposed. It is clear that the company’s intent is to chill free speech and intimidate workers from exercising their right to discuss their working conditions and organize. Starbucks Workers United plans to challenge the decision.

“Starbucks is out of line and actively violating state law, the First Amendment and the National Labor Relations Act,” said NewsGuild-CWA President Jon Schleuss. “Communications among workers and journalists have long been protected by law in our democracy.”

“Workers have a federally-protected right to speak publicly about their wages, benefits and working conditions, including to the press. It is a fundamental American value,” Schleuss said.

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act prohibits employers from spying or surveilling employees’ union activities. Thirty-nine states, including New York, have shield laws protecting members of the media from subpoenas for their sources. 

These union-busting tactics must end, and journalists’ communications with sources must be protected. Starbucks has already committed over 200 violations of the National Labor Relations Act. Starbucks Workers United members in Buffalo plans to challenge Judge Sinatra’s ruling, and we look forward to this dangerous decision being rescinded. 

“The organizing campaign at Starbucks has inspired not just other Starbucks workers, but workers at Apple and other retail stores. Starbucks’ action shows that corporations are desperate to stop this wave of organizing by stopping the spread of information. We have seen that companies have no hesitation about violating the National Labor Relations Act. Now Starbucks is taking it to a new level by violating our Constitutionally protected freedoms,” said Communications Workers of America Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens, a former journalist who was fired after organizing her newsroom.

In April Starbucks blocked Schleuss on Twitter after he tweeted “Today is a Good Day to start a union!” quoting a corporate tweet.


View of the Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 2020.

Hedge Fund Standard General has already lost at the FCC

On Thursday The NewsGuild-CWA responded to hedge fund Standard General’s attacks on the largest union of media workers in North America. 

The filing was made at the invitation of the FCC, supplementing the unions’ June petition opposing approval for the hedge fund to take over TEGNA’s local TV news stations. The $5.4 billion deal was announced in February and The NewsGuild-CWA started asking questions in April. Standard General is seeking FCC approval to take over TEGNA, a local news broadcaster with 64 stations in 51 U.S. markets.

“Standard General has waded into the mud because it has no more justifications for its takeover of TEGNA,” said NewsGuild-CWA President Jon Schleuss. “Their latest personal attacks on American journalists is just another reason the FCC should deny this takeover.”

Standard General has repeatedly insisted to the FCC, the American people and TEGNA’s employees that it does not intend to reduce station-level staffing. However, in files provided to the FCC and Guild counsel, there are numerous documents indicating that Standard General plans to cut jobs to help finance the multi-billion dollar deal.

“As the FCC reviews our filings and these documents it will be clear: this deal is already dead,” Schleuss said.

The NewsGuild-CWA laid out numerous new findings in its FCC filing that speak directly to jobs and whether Standard General has been forthcoming to the Commission. It said in its filing:  

Rather than alleviate concerns that TNG-CWA/NABET-CWA have about planned station-level job cuts, newly filed confidential documents reviewed by outside counsel show that the unions’ concerns are very well founded. These findings leave Standard General’s repeated assertion that it “does not intend” to cut station-level jobs, and its subsequent explanations for those repeated assertions, sinking in quicksand. The more Standard General tries to explain away its statements to the Commission and the public about job cuts, the more its assertions collapse under the weight of the record.

The deal includes the sale of Apollo’s Boston TV station to Standard General in a way that would permit it to exploit a contractual loophole. This would jack up revenues from retransmission consent fees for every TEGNA station across the country, the costs of which would be passed on to hardworking consumers. This financial manipulation is nothing more than sophisticated and collusive price-fixing, and absolutely should not be permitted.

The NewsGuild-CWA has fought hedge funds for years as they attempt to take over newsrooms all across America. Guild members have fought Alden Global Capital, Chatham Asset Management and have taken a stand against chains like Gannett and Lee Enterprises. The Guild’s fight is one that thousands of media workers have joined in the last five years.

Standard General’s CEO Soo Kim has complained that he hasn’t been able to connect with Schleuss to discuss possible conditions to secure support for the deal.

“There are no conditions under which we will support this deal,” Schleuss said. “But if Kim still wants to talk, he can meet me on the picket line in Pittsburgh.”

The NewsGuild-CWA is on strike with workers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where journalists are fighting a company that has violated federal labor law and has mistreated its workers. Read more about the strike at unionprogress.com.

About The NewsGuild-CWA

The NewsGuild is the largest union of journalists and media workers in North America, representing about 27,000 workers in media, the public sector at nonprofits and other labor unions. The Guild is one of the fastest growing unions on the continent and is a sector of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), which represents workers in telecommunications and information technology, the airline industry, health care, public service and education, manufacturing and other fields.

Striking Pittsburgh Post-Gazette workers launch strike publication

NewsGuild-CWA members have a long tradition of developing their own publications while they’re out on the picket line. This week, the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh along with other CWA and Teamsters members are contributing to that storied tradition with the Pittsburgh Union Progress (affectionately called “the PUP”), a brand new site where you can hear directly from the striking workers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about why they walked off the job,what it’s like on the picket line and ways the Pittsburgh and larger labor community can support them as their campaign heats up. 

The publication is intended to cover the labor dispute and serve as a voice for the people of Pittsburgh. This publication will be shut down at the resolution of the labor disputes.

Be sure to follow and support PUP on social media: @ThePUPNews on Twitter and @pghunionprogress on Instagram. Let’s make it loud and amplify their demands. And if you’re local, join the striking workers on the picket line! We are all in this together. 

You can support the striking workers right now by contributing to the striker fund.

Newsletter: We are on strike in Pittsburgh and need your help

“The last few days have been wild!” is what I reply when people ask how things are going or how folks are doing in Pittsburgh. I’ll get into more down below, but the TLDR is that our members are on strike right now in Pittsburgh and they need your help right now!

Here’s what you can do right now:

Donate to the striker fund. We worked with our amazing family at The NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia and CWA to set up a strike supporter fund. This will help any worker on strike (Guild-CWA-Teamsters) who faces hardship and needs help above and beyond the strike benefits workers get. Your contribution will help someone cover rent or mortgage, take care of a family member and make sure they’re fed. Donate what you can here. Note, we cannot accept contributions from any employers whose employees are represented by TNG, CWA or IBT.

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