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. …
In a Valentine’s Day vote, Guild members at the Fresno Bee unanimously approved the tentative agreement on this year’s contract re-opener.
The Guild raised new cost issues concerning Hearst Corp.’s proposal.
Heather Smith has worked in the Prepress Department as a Graphic Designer for the San Francisco Chronicle for almost 13 years. In that time, the co-pay for a visit to her doctor has gone from $10 to $30 per visit. She can’t afford higher co-pays.
Guild bargainers met with Chronicle representatives Monday to resume negotiations, calling on the management to reach an agreement by the end of February that protects affordable health care.
Bargaining resumed Thursday in the East Bay after an extended break from contract talks. The Guild committee pressed for a new labor agreement that puts pay and benefits on par with the Bay Area standard for professional journalists.
Management wants the right to do two furloughs in 2013, threatening to take away raises if the workers do not approve. As the company acts to diminish workers’ earnings, Guild members are reminded to put in for their over-time pay.
Chronicle worker can’t afford higher health care costs and helping daughter in college at the same time.
Bargaining resumed Wednesday for a new Guild contract at the San Francisco Chronicle, where Guild representatives pressed for answers to questions surrounding a proposed transition of union members into the Hearst-run health care program.
On November 8, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat was bought by Sonoma Media Investments along with the Petaluma Argus-Courier and North Bay Business Journal.