The Springfield Unit of the United Media Guild has received tremendous support from the community during its fight for a first contract and its effort to ensure great journalism in the Springfield area for years to come.
People want a great newspaper in their state capital. They have seen the impact of dramatic staff reduction and constant staff turnover on GateHouse’s watch — despite the newspaper’s profitability.
Thousands of readers have signed support cards and/or phoned the SJ-R publisher to express their concern about the reduced commitment to news coverage under GateHouse. Thousands of readers have taken the time to talk with our members at public events like the Illinois State Fair, where we have manned a booth in the Labor Pavilion.