The United Media Guild filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Boards seeking to represent employees at the Rockford Register Star and Freeport Journal-Standard. Once the NLRB validates the petition and defines which employees will be in the unit, the NLRB will schedule and supervise a secret ballot election.
If the employees vote to appoint the United Media Guild as its bargaining agent, negotiations for a first contract will begin, The UMG will not collect dues until it negotiates a contract good enough for employees to approve with secret ballot election.
The UMG is a local within The Newspaper Guild-Communication Workers of America. It also represents employees at three other GateHouse newspapers in Illinois: the Peoria Journal Star, the State Journal Register in Springfield and Pekin Daily Times.