November 27, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Indianapolis, IN – About two dozen workers at the Indianapolis Star staged a 15-minute walkout Nov. 18 to protest management’s plans to sack the newspaper’s seven copy editors and move their jobs to Kentucky.
The Gannett chain says that if the Indianapolis NewsGuild doesn’t accept outsourcing the copy editors to a chain office in Louisville by the end of the month, it will lay off five reporters and editors. Layoffs at the Star since the 2008 recession have already slashed the number of journalists and custodians the union represents from 120 to 75. Gannett is offering the copy editors one week of severance pay per year of service, the union says, claiming that it’s too much to give them two weeks. The NewsGuild is also seeking a three-year contract that would give the remaining employees a 3% raise and set a $15-an-hour minimum for the custodians—who took a 10% pay cut in 2009 and have had their wages frozen for more than four years. Gannett, the union notes, has more than doubled CEO Bob Dickey’s pay in the last three years, to $5.9 million a year. Read more