NLRB says immigration court interpreters are employees

Officials at the National Labor Relations Board have found that immigration court interpreters should be considered employees rather than independent contractors. The determination is a major — though preliminary — win for the Guild, which has been working to help immigration interpreters fighting for their job rights.

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News still matters

Thirteen Guild-CWA bargaining units representing newsroom, advertising, circulation, and production departments at Digital First Media opened joint negotiations for a wage increase Thursday in Denver. Union negotiators proposed a $1 per hour raise for all employees effective July 1. Management offered no proposal, stating that budgeting is under way for the next fiscal year that begins July 1, and that managers won’t be prepared to begin serious negotiations until June.

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Guild Freelancers protests reporter’s expulsion from SFPD press conference

The expulsion of 48 Hills reporter Sana Saleem from a San Francisco Police Department press conference on Jan. 18 has prompted Guild Freelancers chair David Bacon to send a protest letter reminding Police Chief William Scott and Mayor Ed Lee that field officers and office staff must respect the constitutional rights of all journalists including freelancers such as Saleem.

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Chronicle Shopnotes – farewells and such

It was Joe Garofoli who, while the applause for the departing C.W. Nevius was still resounding in the office and before Chuck had even reached the elevator, called out, “OK, who’s got his desk?”

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Chronicle Shopnotes for the holidays

After four decades, C.W. Nevius has departed to, as he says, sit on the sofa and empty the dishwasher.

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Guild offices back at Natoma

Nine months later and the shiny new Guild offices are ready for your visit. Staff is moving in and moving furniture around. We have plenty of desk space and wifi if you want another creative space to work. Just give Carl Hall (415-298-2265) or Kat Anderson (415-298-1335) a call and we will set you up.

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Chronicle unit pay equity update

The Guild has conducted an extensive study of the wages of 112 Chronicle newsroom members, and discovered pay disparities between men and women, whites and nonwhites, and older and younger employees.

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Guild members hailed for journalistic excellence

by Richard Knee, Local 39521 VP-California The Guild congratulates members Joel Engardio of the Guild Freelancers unit, Cynthia Hubert and Stephen Magagnini of the Sacramento Bee, and recent Mercury News retiree Pete Carey as recipients of the prestigious Excellence in Journalism Award that the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California …

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Guild workshop educates photographers, draws new members

As #BlackLivesMatter protests heat up around the country, photographers covering these demonstrations increasingly find ourselves at odds with police as we do our jobs. Yet, many of us don’t know our rights in these situations. In September, the Pacific Media Workers Guild held a “Know Your Rights for Social Movement Photographers” workshop to build community among photographers doing this work and to educate our members about their rights.

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Guild committee raises pay equity at SF Chronicle

The Guild has begun a study of the wages of 112 Chronicle newsroom members. We have discovered pay disparities between men and women, whites and nonwhites, and older and younger employees. Recently, we shared our findings with the company and have proposed remedies. We await the company’s response.

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