Peoria Unit 86 of the United Media Guild represents editorial and outside circulation employees of the Journal Star. We negotiate wages, hours and working conditions for about 80 employees. We meet at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at Two25, 225 NE Adams St., Peoria.
Local 86 of the American Newspaper Guild was chartered on May 31, 1957. In the 1970s, we saw our union’s name switch to The Newspaper Guild, reflecting its international representation. In 1995, our international union merged with the formidable Communication Workers of America. In 2011, our Local approved a merger with the St. Louis Newspaper Guild, which gave birth to the United Media Guild.
We are now Peoria Unit 86 of the United Media Guild, Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO. The new name reflects the diversity of the Guild, which also represents fellow members in radio and television to name a few. The Peoria name and number 86 was maintained to reflect our Local’s history.
We are the people who bring you Peoria area’s most in-depth news reporting every day.
We are Peoria’s watchdog.
Peoria Unit 86
of the United Media Guild
P.O. Box 1061
Peoria, IL 61653
President: Phil Luciano
Vice President, Editorial: Chris Kaergard
Vice President, Circulation: Tom Butterfield
Treasurer: John Sharp
Secretary: Danielle Hatch
Dayside Steward: Leslie Renken
Nightside Steward: Scott Blicharz
Circulation Stewards: Tom Otten, Rick Moreland
Past President: Jennifer Towery
Midwest District Council: Gary Childs
Human Rights Delegate: Gary Panetta
Appeals Board: Pam Adams, Steve Tarter
West Central Illinois Labor Council: Kathy Rynearson