News

Workers Mark Labor Day with Annual Parade

Workers Mark Labor Day with Annual Parade

One of dozens of organizations represented in Monday's Labor Day Parade Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Hundreds of marchers turned out for Monday’s parade marking Labor Day in downtown Springfield.

Dean Olsen, speaking on behalf of the United Media Guild, says it is a good opportunity to make the public more aware of the labor movement in general, and reporters and writers for the city’s daily newspaper’s efforts to negotiate a labor deal.

“In 2012, the United Media Guild, organized the workers in the news room of the State Journal-Register. We are trying to get our first contract,” says Olsen. “We have been negotiating with the owners of the paper since 2013.”

Olsen says he is hopeful a deal can be struck as he notes the traditional newspaper is undergoing rapid changes. However, he says the SJ-R is keeping up with evolving technology and still fills a niche in the media stream.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Outbreak of Mumps Affecting Mostly U of I C-U Campus Students

university illinois

Sixty people in the Champaign-Urbana have been reported since April as having the mumps -- most of which are from University of Illinois students.

in Local

Weekend Springfield Fires Displace At Least 15

fire

Two fires displaced at least 15 Springfield residents over the weekend.

in Local

Teens Arrested for Shooting

gun

A Springfield teenager is behind bars for what police suspect was a drive-by shooting Sunday night.

in Local

Education Superintendent: Don’t Judge Me on My Salary

Tony Smith

Tony Smith has a $225,000 salary.

in Local

Durbin: Don’t Defund Planned Parenthood

3-9-15 Durbin

Efforts to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood are misguided, according to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).