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Cleveland’s Plain Dealer: 50 Years of Union Busting

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CLEVELAND – On March 9, at the hometown newspaper The Plain Dealer, health reporter Ginger Christ jumped in her car and headed to City Hall. At a press briefing, health officials confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus in Cuyahoga County. While they addressed the situation, her phone rang. It was labor relation consultant Bill Calaiacovo, with totally unrelated news: a courtesy call to her, the paper’s Guild chair, that they would be announcing layoffs for 18 editorial staffers, over half the Guild, and four non-union managers. PD editor Tim Warsinskey, on his ninth day on the...

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Flagship Cleveland Newspaper Succumbs to Union-Busting

Flagship Cleveland Newspaper Succumbs to Union-Busting

Amy Sancetta/AP Photo The front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer in September 2010 CLEVELAND – Yesterday was the last official day of the Plain Dealer News Guild, after more than 80 years of union membership. The unit decertified after a long battle where Advance Publications, the newspaper’s management, wielded layoff after layoff, seeking cost savings amid the decline of local newspapers.The also signaled the end of the Plain Dealer newsroom. At the moment, it seems that the paper will still be printed seven days a week and delivered to subscribers four days a week, but even that may be...

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