Workers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette rallied with supporters on Monday [Nov. 14] prior to a bargaining session with representatives from the Post-Gazette. While the session was scheduled between the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh (TNG-CWA Local 38061) and the company, leaders from CWA Locals 14842 and 14827, Teamsters Local 205/211, and Pressmen’s Union GCC/IBT Local 24M/9N attended as members of the Guild bargaining committee, representing the advertising, distribution, and production workers who are also on strike.
Workers' demands to end the strike include restoring health insurance for workers in distribution, production and advertising, returning to the contract bargaining table in good faith, and undoing the unilateral changes to working conditions and reinstating conditions of the previously bargained Newspaper Guild contract until a new agreement is reached.
During the session, the Post-Gazette’s union-busting attorneys refused to seriously consider the worker’s proposals to end the strike.
“It was unfortunate to see that the Post-Gazette decided to not match our effort,” said Zack Tanner, Post-Gazette interactive designer and president of TNG-CWA Local 38061. “Putting forth what is essentially a reprint of the bad-faith offers that they made us from the start of bargaining in 2017 through their illegally implemented terms in 2020 is unacceptable. I’m hopeful that in the next bargaining sessions we can work more seriously in good faith to reach an agreement.”
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