Labor Union Pickets Peoria Journal Star

By WEEK Producer

June 29, 2011 Updated Jun 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM CDT

A local labor union spent Wednesday morning picketing outside the Peoria Journal Star's headquarters.

Laborers Local 165 say the Peoria Journal Star hired non-union workers to dismantle the paper's old printing press.

Publisher Ken Mauser says the company respects its union relationships, as evidenced by the more than 90 full-time union employees within the company.

Picketers say these non-union workers started taking the massive press apart this week.

"What we hope to accomplish is to get this contractor to sign an agreement with the local trades. We want to keep the money local, so we can keep guys in the area around here working," said Thomas Broadway, a field representative for Labor Local 165.

Mauser says paper started using a new press in 2004 when the paper's building underwent a $35 million upgrade.

He would not say when the workers started or when the work will complete.

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