The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network stands in solidarity with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette journalists who are in negotiations with Block Communications, Inc. for a fair contract.
As one of our country’s premiere newspapers, the Post-Gazette has both a duty and an obligation to do better by their employees. It is unacceptable that newsroom employees haven’t seen a raise in more than a decade while being asked to make drastic concessions on their health care benefits. The key to creating a Pittsburgh that works for all of us is by lifting up all working families—not stripping them of critical health benefits and denying the payment of fair wages.
We want to see our local newspaper take the moral high ground on this issue. We expect better of a newspaper whose owners rake in annual profits north of $100 million. And, we expect better of a newspaper whose own publisher ran an ill-informed editorial justifying our President’s vulgarity in describing Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We know the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Block Communications can and must do better. We offer our full support and solidarity to all of the journalists participating in the byline strike.