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A strike had been percolating for weeks before 2,600 workers from 11 unions at the Examiner, the Chronicle and the SF Newspaper Agency walked off the job Nov. 1, 1994. Four days of round-the-clock negotiations hit a logjam over salary and job security.
The 1994 newspaper strike was characterized by vicious union-busting, anti-worker tactics that still sour newspaper owner-worker relations today — and served as a template for how to help kill an industry.
A person had to walk the picket line to receive a strike check. Strike pay was $200, no matter how much one’s normal pay was. Thankfully, the strike was settled after 11 rainy and tension-filled days.
Join us for a special event at the Guild to remember this important event in newspaper and union history.
Guild officers and representatives of the Bee management team met Wednesday at the Sacramento Hilton to discuss a new contract for McClatchy Co.’s editorial production center and key parts of the Sacramento Bee contract covering newsroom and advertising staff.
The guild and company opened negotiations on the full contract Tuesday. The current contract expires Dec. 31.
Guild negotiators met with management representatives Thursday in Pleasanton to present a new proposal in light of recent strategic developments involving Digital First Media.
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