Rockford unit to march in Labor Day Parade

Melissa Westphal’s time is short as our Rockford unit chair. She is moving on to an exciting new professional opportunity. Her last day at the Register Star is Sept. 5.

She stayed at the newspaper for an extra week so she could march with her co-workers in the Labor Day parade as an active union member. Other Register Star and Journal-Standard journalists are invited to join her and our brothers and sisters from other Rockford-area unions.

This is a great chance to spread the word of the United Media Guild’s ongoing fight for a first contract at these newspapers.

The Rockford parade begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 1 from Seventh and Railroad. The parade will proceed north on Seventh to E. State, west on State to Wyman and south on Wyman before ending at the Cedar Street entrance to Davis Park.

This year’s theme is “Standing United to Secure our Future.” That message rings true for GateHouse Media employees who have endured years of wage freezes and severe staffing cuts.

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