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Gannett Newspapers

55 Exchange Blvd
Rochester, NY 14614, US

Category: Labor Struggles

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Rochester Labor History eMap

On this site in 1988, with the support of the Rochester Labor Council, members of Newspaper Guild Local 17, wearing buttons proclaiming "I'm worth more than 9 cents," picketed over contract issues. Labor relations at Gannett Newspapers, headquartered in Rochester, had never been good. In November 1946 owner Frank Gannett tried to bring in scabs while the members of Typographical Union #15 were locked-out. He fired members of Photo Engravers Local 22 for refusing to scab. When he tried to advertise on local radio stations for replacement workers he was turned down. In early 1947 a strike by Gannett workers left the company unable to publish a daily paper for over three months. That year the Labor News reported a confidential bulletin from Frank Gannett to his editors suggesting a strategy to slant news against labor: "We who are opposed to the closed shop are using the wrong phraseology. We should be talking about “the right to work." The closed shop does destroy that right. Thousands of men in this country cannot get work without joining union and agreeing to obey the orders that come from the top. This is in effect a form of slavery. If we say “the right to work, "we are speaking as friends of labor."