The National Labor Relations Board office in Peoria confirmed investigators found that GateHouse Media threatened to outsource photography work to freelancers and imposed work schedule changes without prior negotiations.
Max Gersh, a photographer for the Rockford Register Star and unit chair for the Rockford Newspaper Guild, says its workers are suffering from a failure to raise wages.
“We have seen a lot of talent leave the newsroom over the last year because of wage freezes companywide,” he said. “Our newsroom hasn’t seen raises in seven years.”
GateHouse Media owns the Carthage Press, Neosho Daily News, Pittsburg Morning Sun, and Big Nickel in this area.