Monday, September 13, 2010

Pressroom Personnel Picketed Gannett CEO Meeting with 'Republic' Employees

By: E&P Staff

Published: September 10, 2010

A few dozen of The Arizona Republic's pressroom staffers picketed outside the Phoenix Convention Center Sept. 9 as Gannett CEO Craig Dubow met inside with Republic and KPNX-TV employees.

The members of Local 58-M of the Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters, carried signs opposing the Republic's proposed pay cuts of 10-12% and the loss of a week's vacation, according to the independent Gannett Blog

Leaflets distributed by the pressroom workers stated that while they are willing to make concessions on pay and benefits, Gannett wants them to accept bigger cuts than those taken by all other Republic employees. (To view leaflet, click here)

The protesters' leaflets also accused the Republic's parent company of "trying to do away with minimum staffing levels" on pressroom equipment. The leaflets said those levels are required for safe operation of the machinery, and the operators seek a commitment to those levels by Gannett.

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