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Pittsburgh’s People of the Year: Labor

click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP photo: Jared Wickerham

Winner: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staffers


Pittsburgh had a number of notable labor success stories this year. Workers at Carnegie Library and Google organized. Pitt faculty and grad students got a second chance at forming a union. And organized labor was key in getting local politicians elected. But among those successes was a high-profile struggle we thought more important to highlight. Despite not having a raise for 14 years, months of newsroom chaos, staff turnover, and public rants from ownership, the stamina and dedication exuded by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff and the members of its union, the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, has been commendable. Their union is negotiating for higher pay and better health care. But really, their fight is about preserving the quality reporting a city like Pittsburgh deserves; it's a fight Pittsburgh should get behind. 

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