Hostile management attacks union as Hilo talks resume

Hawaii Tribune-Herald management opened talks by attacking union security and insisting on significant employee contributions toward health care with no pay increases.

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Talks begin for new Purple Communications ASL interpreter unit

In an historic first, representatives of Purple Communications met with a Pacific Media Workers Guild Local 39521 bargaining team in a San Francisco hotel yesterday. The meeting kicked off negotiations for a labor agreement to cover Purple’s Video Interpreters in the Arizona, Denver, Oakland and San Diego centers.

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Decision time for Guild members as Hearst digs in

Hearst refused Monday to increase its pay offer of 1.5% a year over the proposed four-year term of a new contract. Nor would the management offer any more than it pays now (the same amount paid since 2005) to maintain our current health plan.

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Khmer and Punjabi court interpreters raise concerns about tests

CFI urged the Judicial Council to convene a panel to review serious concerns about the testing process in the Khmer and Punjabi languages.

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Guild presses BANG management for pay raises and sane commutes

East Bay Guild negotiators pressed the issue of work locations and proposed trying to find ways to reduce commute expenses during the latest round of contract talks Thursday.

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Health Care 2013 – will the Chronicle be fair?

I’m Mike Kepka. Raising three young daughters, I’m exposed to every cold and virus you might imagine. So having affordable access to medical care is a priority for me. Unfortunately, Hearst is proposing to make our health plans a whole lot less affordable. I love the Chronicle, and the work …

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CFI weighs in on state and federal laws on language access

CFI leaders and staff updated members about legislative efforts on behalf of interpreters and in support of expanding language access.

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CFI region 3 bargaining all about courts wanting to cut costs

The parties discussed wages, video remote interpreting, and early release without pay. Region 3 courts want a one-year deal with no raises, the freedom to implement video remote interpreting, and the ability to send interpreters home without pay at 3 p.m. CFI contended that interpreters have not received raises in six years.

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Hearst’s health plan proposal costs more and kills Guild H&W trust

The Guild team crunched numbers provided by Hearst and determined that the Company’s own proposal would cost it about $600,000 more per year than our current system.

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Health Care 2013 – will the Chronicle be fair?

My name is Autumn Grace. I am a former member of the Chronicle family and presently an employee advocate and organizer for the Pacific Media Workers Guild. I am still covered under the Chronicle health care plan and have been a Kaiser member for as long as I can remember. …

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