St. Louis Post-Dispatch union members held a “Let Them Eat Cake” rally on Thursday to protest $750,000 in bonuses given to Lee Enterprise CEO Mary Junck and CFO Carl Schmidt. Shannon Duffy, business representative of the United Media Guild, files this rally report for Romenesko readers:
We had 70-80 people show up, including some members of management – all of whom signed the petitions circulating that demand Junck and Schmidt return their bonuses. I made the point when interviewed after the event that this was not a union/management issue at 900 North Tucker Blvd and that, while I certainly cannot speak for local management at our daily paper, I know that they are as angry about this as the rank and file there. The Guild believes this corporate arrogance exemplifies what’s wrong with our country right now and we do not believe – judging from all that’s been occurring – that Lee Enterprises even concerns itself about what its employees think of their actions. We served cupcakes and heard from six speakers, all of whom decried the corporate mentality running our paper.