Welcome to your Guild


Pittsburgh Local 38061 bargains and enforces the contract for newsroom reporters, photographers, copy editors and artists at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Our newest unit comprises full-time professors at Point Park University, who voted overwhelmingly in June 2004 to join the Pittsburgh Guild, making us the first Guild local to represent faculty at a major university.

Our two-room office suite is on the second floor of the United Steelworkers Building next door to the Post-Gazette in Downtown Pittsburgh. We have a large meeting room that is used monthly for Executive Committee meetings.

Four times a year, we hold general membership meetings in the large conference center on the first floor. We don’t have an office staff, but you can contact us by email, by mail at 60 Blvd. of the Allies, 2nd floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or by leaving us a voice message, 412-880-4001, or fax, 412-880-4002. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Point Park adjunct faculty reach tentative contract


Point Park University and the United Steelworkers Wednesday announced that a tentative agreement for a contract has been reached between the school and its adjunct faculty after nearly 10 months of negotiations.

The contract would afford significant wage hikes and increase job security for more than 300 part-time professors at Point Park if it is ratified, according to both sides.

If approved, the contract would run through Aug. 1, 2019.

Click to see more on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Point Park drops legal challenge over faculty unionization effort


Post-Gazette education writer Eleanor Chute updates us on the latest from Point Park University.

More than 11 years after faculty at Point Park University voted to unionize, the university today announced it is dropping its legal challenge over whether they can form a union under the National Labor Relations Act.

After a unionization drive, faculty voted in June 2004 in favor of joining the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh/Communications Workers of America by a ratio of more than 3-to-1.

Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.

Click here to read the full story on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette web site.

The Guild thanks its friends


With the pending departure of Heidi and Brian from the Post-Gazette snack bar, the executive committee authorized giving each of them a $50 gift card in the name of all Guild members. I delivered the gift cards today in greeting cards that thanked them and wished them best of luck from “all your friends in the Newspaper Guild.” They were very touched and appreciative.

We also authorized a gift card for Linda Parker, who unfailingly signs everyone up for the Guild, including interns. The last time I checked, this wasn’t part of her job duties for the company. Additionally, she quickly, efficiently and pleasantly provides any and all information requested by Guild officers so we can perform our duties. Like Heidi and Brian, she was surprised and very touched by the Guild’s gesture.

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Pittsburgh Guild celebrates transition from 10 years of givebacks with cupcakes!

The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh celebrated a milestone on July 1 — the first time in a decade that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has provided a new benefit to members.

To celebrate, the executive committee enlisted the services of member and baker extraordinaire Kelly Mills, who made 15 dozen cupcakes with green icing and gold sprinkles that were enjoyed by members, interns and managers alike.


Kelly Mills and her cupcakes!

Negotiated during 18 difficult months of contract talks, the contract ratified in October now requires the Company to  provide a $10 weekly contribution to a member’s 401k if they already contribute $20 a week. That contribution will double next July 1 to $20 a week with a $40 weekly employee contribution. And Guild members will receive a 2 percent raise on March 31.

Those improvements–in addition to a $1,000 signing bonus and salary improvements for two-year associates and the Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., bureaus–represent a major shift in what had been a decade of onerous givebacks to owner Block Communications Inc.

“The $10 contribution that went into effect July 1 may be small literally but figuratively it’s huge when all the givebacks over the last decade are considered,” said Pittsburgh local president Michael A. Fuoco.

“We view this contract as a transition between a company mindset of givebacks and a new appreciation of the need to reward the talent, experience and commitment of our members.”