Come Monday, the Bloomington Pantagraph will cease printing newspapers in the twin cities. Future issues will be printed in Peoria, on the same presses that produce the Peoria Journal Star. Bob Miller with the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters, which represents pressmen at the paper, says it's part of on-going union busting tactics:
"I believe that it's the Pantagraph's huge dislike for unions I don't think that there's any cost savings in it. We've requested from the company if there were any cost savings in it so we could negotiate, possibly renegotiate our contract, they had no interest."
Miller says 8 employees running the presses, and another 10-to-20 mailroom workers will be without a job. He says those jobs could stay in town:
"There's no reason that they can't. Un, other than the company's dislike for unions, and their fear that more people in that same building might want to join a union."
Pantagraph publisher Todd Nelson says any news about the future of the publication founded by Jesse Fell in 1837 will be printed in the paper. That edition may well originate in Peoria.
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