Formal labor charges have been filed against GateHouse Media, owner of the Rockford Register Star and Freeport Journal-Standard. The St. Louis-based United Media Guild is negotiating an initial contract for employees at the two papers.
The UMG claims that workers were unfairly targeted because of union activities.
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.
Photographs are often used to enhance a published report. But these days, people who take those photos are fighting for job security, along with many others in the newspaper industry. Recent examples of this trend can be found in northern Illinois.