Dispute comes to convention
Against SPJ officials’ wishes, The Indianapolis Star guild President Tom Spalding came with multicolored leaflets in hand to give a message to media giant and convention sponsor Gannett Co.
“Gannett: Profits over People” read a yellow leaflet. “110% Effort, 90% Pay” read a blue leaflet.
Spalding, along with several members from the Indianapolis Newspaper Guild, came to the SPJ convention Friday to distribute materials criticizing Gannett over a recent agreement between the guild and Gannett-owned newspaper The Indianapolis Star.
Indy News Guild Protest Not Welcomed at SPJ Convention
Just days after approving a new two-year contract with The Indianapolis Star — which includes a 10% salary cut and two-year wage freeze — the Indianapolis News Guild wanted to protest the pay cut at today’s Society of Professional Journalists convention.But SPJ wanted no part of it.
After Guild leaders asked for the right to pass out fliers protesting parent company Gannett’s pay cut deal at today’s SPJ sessions in Indianapolis, the SPJ leadership declined.