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Newspaper carriers in Kewanee, who carry the Star Courier newspaper, are adamant that they want to deliver papers but they will not do so for so little pay. Jennifer Russell, District Manager for the newspaper delivery service that serves the Kewanee-Galva-Annawan district called the WKEI Open Line Program on Thursday...

Jennifer Russel then posted a statement in response to a comment on the WKEI Facebook page that further clarified the situation...

 

"the Star Courier doesn’t deliver the paper. A delivery service delivers the paper under Gatehouse Media. I am the district manager for Kewanee, Galva and Annawan delivery areas. I asked the 3 if they quit and they said no. I am not looking for new carriers and I’m not going to train if my bosses hire new carriers. The first day started with all 5 on strike/protest. The one got scared after the threats and intimidation started from the bosses above me so he decided to continue working. The other “carrier” is sub contracting so she is getting paid 25 cents a paper. Carriers in Kewanee are underpaid, under appreciated and over worked. Paper delivery is 7 days a week, no sick days, no vacation days, no days off at all unless you train someone yourself. We can’t keep carriers in Kewanee. It’s a thankless job. A majority of people feel justified in treating paper carriers like dirt and I will never understood why. My carriers feel guilty and horrible because their customers aren’t getting the paper. When do they say “enough is enough”. If they choose to quit, people aren’t gonna get their paper either." 

 

Carriers were recently informed that routes in the district were being changed, that drivers may be fired and that the per paper delivery that they were receiving of 19 cents per paper was being reduced to 15 cents per paper. The carriers are also protesting new penalties related to complaints by customers or the delivery of wet newspapers that could cost them further in terms of pay. Carriers are already responsible for purchasing supplies for paper delivery and for purchasing their own fuel and paying for vehicle maintenance.