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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Tentative agreement for Modesto copy desk move

The company and guild representatives met Monday in Modesto and Wednesday in Sacramento to continue bargaining on the production center consolidation.

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No backing down in Hilo

By Niesha Lofing President, Pacific Media Workers Guild The aloha spirit is certainly alive and well among Pacific Media Workers Guild units in Hawaii. Executive Officer Carl Hall and I traveled to the islands recently to meet with members in Honolulu and Hilo to discuss negotiations, contracts and future plans. …

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Guild takes Tribune-Herald correction to labor board

The Pacific Media Workers Guild has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Hawaii Tribune-Herald in response to a published correction that identified reporter Hunter Bishop. The front-page correction published on August 1, highlighted in yellow above the fold, identified Bishop as the alleged source of an error in …

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Bargaining under way in Hilo

Pacific Media Workers Guild Hawaii Tribune-Herald Unit Bargaining Bulletin #1 August 9, 2012  Your bargaining committee met with representatives from the company on Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 8 and 9) in Hilo to discuss a new contract. The committee presented the company with a three-year proposal that included annual pay …

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Health care questions dominate Guild contract talks at SF Chronicle

  Bargaining Update August 2, 2012 Members of the San Francisco Chronicle Unit met Wednesday to hear the latest word — none too encouraging — from the bargaining front. No decisions were made or votes taken at the meeting. Members raised many questions, and discussed a written set of answers …

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