Community rally during Newspaper Guild contract negotiations


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



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
PG Mailers Local 22
Pittsburgh DSA
United Food and Commercial Workers
Keystone State
Thomas Merton Center
Pittsburgh United
Mon Valley Unemployed Committee
CWA 13,000

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Frequently Asked Questions, Press Releases, Media Coverage | Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh



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 January 2020, we’re in the 35th 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 14 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.

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Wearing blue in support of contract negotiations


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


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!

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


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 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!