Since mid-October, workers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who are organized with the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, have been on strike. Management has already posted jobs replacing the striking workers, and union members have asked local freelancers not to cross the picket line. The picket line was nevertheless crossed by scabs who earned bonuses of as much as $1,500, combined with a further raise, totalling around $40,000.
The Industrial Workers of the World Freelance Journalists Union expresses our full solidarity with striking workers from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. We encourage everyone to donate to the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh’s strike fund, and we endorse the request that freelancers not accept jobs or assignments that would undercut the strike. Instead, IWW FJU members who have assignments with the newspaper should appeal to us for support from our solidarity strike funds.
The IWW FJU wishes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette workers a swift victory in their conflict with management. Until then, we hold fast to the IWW motto: An injury to one is an injury to all!