Copy of the text from a letter emailed to Jim Romenesko.
Thursday Jan. 12, 2012
Dear Mr. Romenesko,
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan wrote a great column on Jan. 8, 2012, about Post-Dispatch retiree Robert Douglas, who passed away sometime between Dec. 14 and 16.
Robert had health issues, but he was screwed over by the Post-Dispatch when they cut off his contractually promised health insurance. The story outlines the situation better than we can. The story created a buzz in the newsroom and is gaining some traction in the community.
The United Media Guild feels that the Post-Dispatch’s actions contributed to Robert’s death and that it and the paper’s owner, Lee Enterprises, should be ashamed. The Guild is calling on the Post-Dispatch to reinstate the health care it promised to its retirees before another tragedy happens.
The United Media Guild Executive Board