Hawaii Tribune-Herald collective bargaining continued Wednesday and Thursday in Waikiki. The guild suggested that the scope of the negotiations be narrowed to focus on about a half dozen priority issues, including wages, job security, medical and management rights. Management offered no pay raise and proposed increases in health care.
The 1.5% proposed raise in the expensive Bay Area is equivalent to Hearst buying the staff a box of crackerjacks with each paycheck. Taking an essential “pay cut” in order to continue receiving medical benefits could leave many supporting staff swinging back and forth on a trapeze between their loved jobs or a higher-paying future.
California court interpreters have not received a wage increase in more than five years. Meanwhile our healthcare costs have risen steeply and inflation has gone up 11% from 2007 to 2013. CFI proposed increasing Region 2 and 3 interpreters’ wages based on years of service but courts continue rejecting the raise.
Delegates to the Bay Area maritime council met aboard the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, docked in San Francisco to hear a presentation by Guild Executive Officer about the changing landscape of the Bay Area’s print news.
The Guild and Sacramento Bee management reached an agreement that will transition Modesto Bee copydesk personnel to the new Sacramento consolidated production center, govern labor and wages at the new center and extend the contract for existing Sacramento Bee newsroom and advertising employees covered by the guild.
Court administrators proposed to withdraw a proposal to send interpreters home up to two hours early without pay, but only if the California Federation of Interpreters agrees to accept a proposal on video remote interpreting.
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- Santa Rosa Press Democrat
- Sacramento Valley Union Labor Bulletin
- San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate
- California Federation of Interpreters
- Typographical Sector
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The program will teach journalism students to get fair wages for their reporting, and bring labor reporting back into the classroom.
Guild sponsored student journalism program Bay News Rising will kick into gear in June.