A Rundown of What Former N-P Staffers Are Screaming
In the second in a string of four planned rallies this week outside of the News-Press building on De la Guerra Plaza, more than 20 former News-Press employees and their supporters marched and chanted from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon to protest their terminations and the working conditions under owner Wendy McCaw. More rallies are planned in the same spot from 3-5 p.m. for the rest of the week, and they’re asking for all the noisemaking support that the community can offer.
Here’s a rundown of today’s top chants:
We Got Fired and We’re Coming Back!: With the best cadence out of all the chants, this one is certainly a highlight, and the winning chant of the day.
We Used to Work for Wendy But We’re Coming Back!: A play off the one above, this one proved effective too.
Shame! Shame! Shame on You!: Basic castigation here, yet when yelled at McCaw’s window through a bullhorn, it proves pretty powerful.
McCaw Obey the Law!: Standard reference to the orange and blue posters that are all over town, this is a call for the owner to follow federal law and stop firing employees for engaging in union activities.
Protect Free Speech!: Simple but effective, this is referring to the fact that McCaw has gone out of her way to silence the voice of those who try to bring truth to power.
Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Union Busting’s Got to Go!: A good ole chant from the Teamsters’ old days, this one’s a classic. Hard to beat in terms of rhythm and flow.
McCaw Print the Truth!: A response to the widely held belief that McCaw has been influencing news and causing less than the truth to be printed.
Long Live the Truth!: Yet another riff on the truth business.
Bring Back Dawn! Bring Back Rob! Bring Back Barney McManigal! Bring Back (etc.)!: Getting personal here with the names of those who’ve been fired, this chant serves as a reminder to management that real lives are affected here.
As you can see, they’re being pretty original. But let’s see if we can help them. Submit your best chants below, and we’ll see if they use them tomorrow.