Summer Chronicle shopnotes – Perlman to retire

The Chronicle never had a science editor emeritus before but it does now with the promotion of our beloved “Doctor” Dave Perlman.

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The campaign to raise our pay

Let’s visit the DFM bosses. Invest in employees. Raise our pay. Now.

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Berkeley police rough up credentialed freelancer

As photojournalist Brooke Anderson raised her camera to photograph the protest, “they (police) pushed my camera in my face and struck my camera and my arm with batons,” said Anderson, a member of Guild Freelancers, a unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild CWA Local 39521.

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Guild wins court motion; Chronicle must arbitrate pay dispute

U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick has sided with the Pacific Media Workers Guild in an ongoing battle with Hearst Corp. over whether the company must arbitrate a member’s pay dispute at the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Chronicle Shopnotes – tasty pie, weak coffee and strong union

Thank goodness it’s in the contract! “Reporters shall not be transferred to the position of copy editor for punitive reasons.” Check it out! Article 1, section F. Doesn’t say anything about copy editors being forced to be reporters. Maybe that’s why a perfectly good Webster’s dictionary has gone unclaimed on the free table for a month. It seems reporters already have flawless spelling. Remember, there is actually a Chronicle reporter who is married to a Chronicle copy editor. And not for punitive reasons, according to at least one of them.

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Finding common ground

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Guild scholarships offered for 2017-18 college term

Members are encouraged to have their graduating daughters and sons apply for college funds from the Russ Cain Memorial Student Aid fund. Every year, our Guild retirees donate to this fund so that we can support graduating high schoolers in their pursuit of higher education. Scholarships can range from $500 to $100, depending on need.

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Guild takes Chronicle pay equity issue to NLRB

The Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of TNG-CWA, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Hearst Corp. for its refusal to provide information relevant to pay equity at the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.

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World Press Freedom Day brings solidarity with news workers everywhere

San Francisco Chronicle journalists held down the early shift Wednesday at the San Francisco Chronicle in solidarity with Guild workers everywhere and especially at the Digital First and Gatehouse organizations. About 800 members at the DFM chain, which includes the Bay Area News Group (East Bay Times and The Mercury News) and Monterey Herald, are seeking a pay increase in nationwide joint bargaining. The Guild is also contending with a recent consolidation announcement at the 2017 Pulitzer-winning East Bay Times that will cost 20 jobs.

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Media workers stand together on World Press Freedom Day

A broad coalition of 1,500 unionized news workers will conduct a joint day of action on May 3 — World Press Freedom Day — as part of a national campaign to protest the corporate-led assault on quality journalism. The coordinated effort by NewsGuild members will span 29 newspapers owned by GateHouse Media and Digital First Media. It will support the fight for quality journalism at those papers and highlight the damage wrought by draconian cuts in their newsrooms and other departments.

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