Reporters at the State Journal-Register are hoping the public will come to their aid in an ongoing contract battle with the newspaper’s management.
The newsroom formed a local chapter of the Newspaper Guild last year, and since then has been involved in contract talks. But those talks have moved slowly on a variety of issues… including pay and benefits, outsourcing of jobs, and whether reporters should be required to write ad copy.
Members of the Guild will be at the Labor Pavilion at the State Fair this weekend, asking members of the public to sign cards expressing support for the union. Those cards will then be sent to Gatehouse Media in hopes of spurring the company to step up negotiations.