Employees of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper have stopped their byline protest, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. The 150 workers withheld their bylines from content in protest of stalled contract negotiations between the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, and the paper's owners, Block Communications of Toledo, Ohio.
On Jan. 28, the Post-Gazette employees ended the four-day byline strike.
"The byline strike was but one mobilization effort in our arsenal. We are prepared to use others. We hope we don't have to do so," Michael A. Fuoco, president of the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh and a PG enterprise reporter, said in a press release. "We will not — we cannot — approve another concessionary contract offered by a highly profitable parent company."
All guild members at the paper participated in the protest, Fuoco said.
In January, the union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, contending Block Communications violated labor laws by not paying for a 5 percent rise in health care premiums for 2018. The contract for union members expired March 31.