CWA Members on Strike at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Over Unfair Labor Practices
Members of CWA Locals 14842 and 14827 who work at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette went on strike at midnight on October 5th in response to unfair labor practices by management, including unilateral changes to their health care plan. They were joined by members of Teamsters Local 205/211 and Pressmen’s Union GCC/IBT Local 24M/9N. The workers are responsible for designing, printing, distributing, advertising sales, and accounts receivables at the newspaper. They have been working without a collective bargaining agreement since March 2017. Despite extensive negotiations, Post-Gazette management has refused to engage in good faith bargaining, and the workers have not had a pay raise in 16 years.
The workers’ health insurance was terminated on October 1 after Block Communications, the owners of the Post-Gazette, refused to pay an additional $19 per employee per week to maintain the existing coverage. “They have shown our members nothing but disrespect. Enough is enough,” said Ed Mooney, Vice President of CWA District 2-13. "We will stay on strike until the Post-Gazette recognizes our value to the paper and stops violating our rights."