The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh voted 88–31 in favor of striking the Post-Gazette in early August.
The possible strike is the result of failed contract negotiations. According to the Guild, there have been 24 such bargaining sessions since 2017.
The NewsGuild’s executive council, “largest union of journalists and communications professionals in the U.S and Canada” according to its Twitter page, endorsed the strike authorization in a unanimous vote Monday.
Before any further actions are taken, the Newspaper Guild must have its plan accepted by the Communications Workers of America Executive Board.
“It was abundantly clear today that the @PittsburghPG does not want a peaceful settlement with the @PGHGuild,” Newspaper Guild President Michael A. Fuoco (@michaelafuoco) tweeted Sept. 8. “We tried. We offered concessions any company looking for a negotiated settlement would jump at. What we got was disdain and disrespect.
“They want war, they’ll get it.”
Union members are fighting against many proposed changes by the company, including healthcare cuts, decreased vacation time and getting rid of dispute arbitration, per this article by TribLIVE: https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/post-gazette-staff-votes-to-authorize-strike/
According to NewsGuild’s Twitter (@newsguild), “numerous charges” have been filed to the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB “is an independent federal agency that protects the rights of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions,” according to its website, nlrb.gov.
We should not stay silent during this time. We need to support the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s workers, push for their rights and not break the picket line if they do strike.
Nearly 50 percent of newsroom jobs across the country were cut from 2008–2017 according to NewsGuild. And in this time of misinformation, it’s more important than ever to stand with truth-seekers.