Sharp-witted Guild negotiator Fred Fletcher dead at 96

Fred D. Fletcher, longtime leader of the Newspaper Guild’s San Francisco-based local and architect of some of TNG’s strongest contracts, died on December 10 after a long illness.

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Guild building back online

The Guild’s floor plan has been opened, we’ve removed 1970s-era drop ceilings, scrubbed all the old bricks and timber from floor to ceiling, installed new energy-efficient lighting, created gender-neutral ADA-compliant bathrooms, refinished or replaced flooring, fixed all the doors, redid the lobby, put in new kitchens, painted, cleaned, oiled and polished.

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East Bay unions celebrate family and Labor in Alameda

East Bay unions know how to put on a great Labor Day picnic. Despite all the weighty issues facing us during the weirdest election season ever, the biggest controversy at Alameda Point Park on Monday was whether it’s appropriate to put mayonnaise on a hot dog.

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Guild office wreckage all part of the plan

A work crew began demolishing our offices at 433 Natoma St. this week in San Francisco, first tangible step in a renovation we have been discussing for the past two years.

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Hedge fund milking DFM papers dry, but workers won’t quit

Nearly 1,000 employees at a dozen DFM papers have gone years without raises — in some cases, a decade — while many have had to live with actual cuts in earnings and benefits.

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Reporter retrospective on 1994 strike

There were serious conflicts in the pressroom and distribution system, and the mailers (by this time we had figured out these were the people who assembled the papers and preprinted inserts into bundles for delivery) still had legitimate issues twenty-six years after the 1968 strike.

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Ken Prairie, longtime Typo rep, dead at 86

Ken Prairie (left), a veteran California-based CWA staff representative who helped newspaper printers through strikes, mergers and technology upheavals, died at his home on Sunday. He was 86.

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No deal yet for ASL interpreters

Negotiators for Local 39521’s ASL Interpreters Unit and Purple Communications inched closer to a contract when they met in San Francisco on April 9, but are still separated by at least two very tough issues: health and safety, and wages.

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Chronicle members to vote Wednesday Aug. 21 on proposed 5-year contract

After a 16-month battle with the Hearst Corp. that focused mainly on economics and health benefits, the San Francisco Chronicle Guild Bargaining Committee is recommending members ratify a new 5-year contract.

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Russ Cain, beloved Newspaper Guild member, dead at 70

“Russ was our trusted confidant, invaluable resource and a wonderful voice of reason,” said Niesha Gates, president of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, the San Francisco-based Guild local which Russ helped create through a series of mergers.

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