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FAQs

How is the contract situation at the PG?
Not good. The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh’s contract expired March 31, 2017. Since then, we’ve been negotiating with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and its highly profitable Toledo-based parent company, BCI. As of December 2018, we’re in the 22nd month of negotiations.

That sounds like a long time.
It is! BCI and its owner, Post-Gazette Publisher John Robinson Block and his twin brother, BCI Chairman Allan Block, have sicced on the Guild the pricey, union-busting Nashville, Tenn. law firm King & Ballow. Their representative at the bargaining table is firm partner Richard Lowe.

What does the Guild want?
A fair and equitable contract. The dedicated journalists who put out the news around the clock every single day for the greater Pittsburgh community have not had a raise in 13 years. Meanwhile our members have given back millions of dollars in concessions — part of the tens of millions of dollars the Blocks have received from all of the PG’S unions — as part of years-long pay cuts to help keep the Post-Gazette afloat.

To add insult to injury, the Blocks have violated federal labor law by refusing to properly fund our health insurance in 2018 despite an administrative law judge’s order to do so — and the PG has said it won’t comply with the judge’s order in 2019 either. That means our health insurance benefits, which already got worse this year thanks to the Blocks, will suffer again next year. Asked whether the company couldn’t afford the premium increase, Lowe said recently at the bargaining table that the PG “is not claiming an inability to pay.”

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“Fair Contract for a Free PG Press” – Sign the community-made petition in support of the unionized journalists at the Post-Gazette

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Update: 6/11/19 We now have over 1400 supporters joining in. It’s not too late to sign to support the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh.

Update: 5/8/19 The petition is now almost 950 signatures strong! Sign today to join the fight.

Among the outpouring of community support for the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, a set of community members have created a Change.org petition fighting for a “Fair Contract for a Free PG Press”.

Join the over 400 strong who have already filled out the petition and send a message to Block Communication that the community supports and a fair and equitable contract for the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh!

Post-Gazette notifies unions that it will be eliminating two additional days of print, starting in September 2019.

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The Post-Gazette informed Guild president Michael Fuoco today that beginning on Sept. 30 it will eliminate two more days of print, meaning the P-G will print for home delivery only three days a week. This is yet another bad decision from a company that continues to show zero respect to employees or readers.

Coverage of the elimination of two more days of print:

‚ÄĘ Laura Bassett Statement Regarding the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Print Publication Cuts
SaveJournalism.org
‚ÄĘ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Will Only Print Three Days A Week
90.5 WESA
‚ÄĘ The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is cutting more print days in transition to ‚Äúdigital-only newspaper‚ÄĚ
The Incline
‚ÄĘ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper cutting down to 3 days a week for print edition
WTAE
‚ÄĘ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to ‚ÄúPhase Out‚ÄĚ all Print operations to become fully digital
Pittsburgh Current
‚ÄĘ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to cut two more print days, print only 3 days a week
Pittsburgh City Paper

Community rally during Newspaper Guild contract negotiations

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Labor unions, activists, politicians, and supporters take to North Shore Drive in support of the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh

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On Friday, June 7, politicians, labor unions, activists, and supporters of all kinds rallied on N. Shore Drive in front of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offices to demand that Block Communications negotiate a fair and equitable contract with the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh.

A huge thank you goes out to all of the organizations that showed up in support.

Pittsburghers for Public Transit
ATM 85
Battle of Homestead Foundation
Teamsters 249 and 211
American Association of African Americans Labor History
SEIU Healthcare PA
UE
PG Mailers Local 22
Pittsburgh DSA
United Food and Commercial Workers
Keystone State
aIBEW
Thomas Merton Center
Pittsburgh United
Mon Valley Unemployed Committee
SAG-AFTRA
CWA 13,000

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Wearing blue in support of contract negotiations

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Today is another round of contract negotiations with the Post-Gazette and King & Ballow. Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh members are wearing blue and their guild buttons in support of the negotiating committee and our members who have dealt with two straight years of illegal cuts to our health care and 4887 days since our last raise. #noPGwithoutMe #FairContractNow

Leafleting the North Shore | May 8, 2019

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Over two years without a contract. 13 years since our last raise. 8-10% cuts to our pay vs our 2006 wages. Two years in a row of illegal cuts to our health care.

Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh members leafleted outside of the Post-Gazette’s North Shore office and PNC Park to spread the word that’s it’s time for a fair contract!