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.
Management failed to address our core concerns, rejecting at least for now Guild proposals to enhance pay, vacations and retirement. The company also showed little interest in capping health premiums or paying bonuses to help employees maintain decent take-home pay and quality health care for their families.
Guild member Derek Moore and new Press Democrat CEO signed a three-year labor contract that guarantees no lay-offs for the life of the contract. The Press Democrat was purchased on November 8th by a group of local investors.
Your Guild bargaining committee met today with Steve Falk, representative of Sonoma Media Investments, to discuss the outline of a possible new labor agreement at the Press Democrat after the investment group completes its purchase of the paper.
Negotiations between the Hawaii Tribune-Herald bargaining committee and the company produced an offer from the company for a one-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement with significant modifications.
Hearst offered its first significant move toward settling the SF Chronicle Guild contract, proposing a four-year deal that would nudge pay higher each year while changing the health care structure.