Sharp-witted Guild negotiator Fred Fletcher dead at 96

Fred D. Fletcher, longtime leader of the Newspaper Guild’s San Francisco-based local and architect of some of TNG’s strongest contracts, died on December 10 after a long illness.

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Guild building back online

The Guild’s floor plan has been opened, we’ve removed 1970s-era drop ceilings, scrubbed all the old bricks and timber from floor to ceiling, installed new energy-efficient lighting, created gender-neutral ADA-compliant bathrooms, refinished or replaced flooring, fixed all the doors, redid the lobby, put in new kitchens, painted, cleaned, oiled and polished.

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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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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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Chronicle Shopnotes – fall opener

Congrats to Steven Boyle, the big winner in the Videolicious contest, for the unique “Cooking with Steve”; and to Reid Sams for his poignant entry lamenting that everyone thinks he’s Shay Quillen. Well done, Shay!…

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Guild calls on press to educate readers about ICE raids

The Guild calls on our nation’s news outlets to educate their readers, viewers and listeners continually about how the raids and deportations victimize immigrant families, too often constituting no less than a death sentence, and how the raids and deportations run counter to our national ideals of compassion and pluralism

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