The Citizens’ Voice Timeline
Members of four unions — The Newspaper Guild, Typographical Union and the photoengraving and pressmen units of the Graphic Communications International Union — go on strike against Capital Cities Communications, publisher of the Times Leader, Evening News and Wilkes-Barre Record. The strikers launched their own newspaper — The Citizens’ Voice — on Oct. 9.
The strike ends without a settlement as Capital Cities moves to decertify the last of the striking unions. The unions continue to operate The Citizens’ Voice.
The Citizens’ Voice acquires its own press in June and consolidates its operations into its current building at 75 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Before the move, the newspaper’s news, advertising and circulation offices were located on the second floor of the Hotel Sterling and the plate and printing facility were in Plymouth.
The unions incorporate The Citizens’ Voice, shifting ownership of the newspaper and its assets to the original strikers and retirees. Of the 204 people who went on strike in 1978, eight returned to the Times Leader.
The Voice published its first Sunday edition on May 16.
Times-Shamrock Communications, owner of The Scranton Times, purchased The Citizens’ Voice in May.
In April, the Voice switched from its familiar tabloid format to a broadsheet newspaper and the Alliance for Audited Media released figures showing the Voice topping the Times Leader in daily and Sunday circulation.