United Media Guild members in Springfield, Ill., want members in Providence to know that they understand and sympathize with the battle they face now that Gatehouse owns the Providence Journal. That's because Gatehouse also owns Springfield's State Journal-Register, among other Guild-represented papers. The Springfield unit is in negotiations for its first contract with GateHouse, "seeking job protections, fair treatment in the workplace and a fair pay scale. We support our union brothers and sisters in Providence, Rhode Island, in their fight for many of the same things," Springfield Unit Chair Dean Olsen writes. Last week, Providence members lined the hallway outside a meeting room where a bargaining session regarding GateHouse Media’s ownership transition was being held. Members who are targeted for layoff in early 2015 each held signs marking his or her individual layoff date. Most will be losing employment due to GateHouse’s plan to outsource their jobs to the company’s central Design House in Austin, Texas.