The membership of Indianapolis News Guild 34070 voted 56-45 to ratify a contract with Gannett. Members voted for a 2-year contract that takes effect Aug. 30 through Aug. 29, 2011. The contract includes a 10% pay cut and no wage increases during the term of the contract. The vote today also provides a settlement to 7 Star employees laid off in December 2008. Eighty-six percent of eligible voters cast ballots.
The action by the membership of the Guild is a financial sacrifice meant to help the Star’s bottom line during this economic downturn. It is a sacrifice that we alone are bearing, as management and other non-union personnel have not been asked to make this sacrifice.
We expect the company to be aware of this sacrifice when the economy improves.
We will soon provide the new contract to members, and we urge members to work that contract to the letter. No more free overtime.
Thanks everyone for your support over the past nine months.
Indy News Guild bargaining team
One response to “2-year contract passes 56-45”
Thanks to everyone who voted today. It’s an awful day for everyone, and the choice was not an easy one. I enjoyed speaking with many of you today as you cast your votes.