Chicago Sun-Times union members boycott paper’s holiday bowling party

The Chicago Newspaper Guild urged its members to boycott last night’s holiday bowling party, thrown by Chicago Sun-Times parent Wrapports. (The two sides are in “entering a crucial stage” of contract talks.)

Guild executive director Craig Rosenbaum tells Romenesko readers: “The boycott went very well. We hear that very few Guild members showed up.” (A Sun-Times management rep tells me “the place was packed” and that “all the bold-faced names” — including Richard Roeper — was at the 10Pin lanes party.)

Here’s the notice that the Guild posted on its site:

STRIKE BACK!

Guild members: Boycott the Wrapports Dec. 3 holiday bowling party.

We’ve given enough. We have nothing to SPARE.

Don’t let them PIN us down.

Make the company understand we have to stop the Memorandum of Understanding. It is time to take back what is ours.

The sooner, the better.

Neither side can throw the promise of our future into the GUTTER.

Past ownership has cancelled holiday parties while declaring poverty. This ownership promises open bar and a DJ in “tough” times.

The SPIN is clear.

Without the Guild’s hard work of the present and the sacrifices of the past, there would be no Wrapports to host a party.

We demand respect.

We will stand together and move forward with spirit.

My question — do other news organizations spend money on holiday parties? (Years ago, Romenesko readers shared stories about Christmas bonuses; I’m guessing those are no longer handed out.)

* Chicago journalists plan benefit for unemployed (or just poor) colleagues (chicagoreader.com)

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