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Striking Workers to Publish Dessert Cookbook

‘Seasoned With Solidarity’ will benefit Post-Gazette employees

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
January 29, 2024
Posted in: Announcements

(Submitted photo)

Sales of an upcoming cookbook will help raise money for striking workers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“Seasoned with Solidarity” is seeking favorite home recipes for desserts, says Allie Petonic of United Steelworkers Local 3657. Recipes are being accepted through Feb. 5.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/CookbookPGUnions.  

Petonic says recipes have been received so far for apple cake, pear tart, poppyseed cake, lemon dream cookies, carmelitas, rum balls, puddings, sugar cookies, pumpkin cake, pound cake, oatmeal pie, strawberry cornbread, brownies, nut roll and many more, but additional contributions are welcome.

Members of five unions representing workers at the Post-Gazette, including the News Guild, Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Teamsters, walked off the job in October 2022 after being without a contract with the company since 2017.

The Post-Gazette is owned by Block Communications Inc., of Toledo, Ohio, a privately held business controlled by the Block family and its descendants.

A spokesperson for the unions says “no meaningful bargaining” has been conducted by management over the past several weeks.

The labor action is the longest news strike in Pittsburgh history and one of the longest in the United States since the 1990s, when 2,500 workers walked out of the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press for almost two years.

In 2023, an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Post-Gazette management hadn’t negotiated in good faith and illegally imposed working conditions on employees.

“We’re sticking together and supporting the workers who bring us the local news we deserve,” Petonic says. “These union members continue their brave fight for their families, their professions, and our communities.”

Any dessert recipe is welcome for the book, she says. Recipes can be original, or otherwise may be attributed to their original published source.

Recipes should be submitted to the website or mailed to Pittsburgh Newspaper Guild—Recipe Entry, c/o United Steelworkers, 60 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Petonic says participants are encouraged to include a short message about why they like the recipe, and may also include a note for the striking news workers about why they support their cause.

Originally published January 29, 2024.

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