St. Giles teachers review proposal that includes seniority and union security

Your bargaining committee met with St. Giles’ lawyer. The Director remains on maternity leave. However, the Company did offer some “non-economic” proposals that agree with us on some important points, which we hope will make more space to discuss bringing health benefits and pay for all work to our members.

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The radical roots of the great grape strike

Fifty years ago the great grape strike started in Delano, when Filipino pickers walked out of the fields on September 8, 1965. Mexican workers joined them two weeks later. The strike went on for five years, until all California table grape growers were forced to sign contracts in 1970.

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Guild awards Russ Cain scholarships on anniversary of his birthday

The Guild has selected three recipients for the Russ Cain Memorial Scholarship funds: Laura Amador (daughter of Santa Rosa Press Democrat member Doug Amador), Savanna Birchfield (daughter of IGA unit leader Angie Birchfield) and Gracie Garcia (daughter of IGA member Rene Garcia).

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ESL teachers bargain for paid prep and admin time

The team stood firm on the notion that teachers are hourly workers, that they work more than just when they are in the classroom, and that it is their right to be paid for every hour that they work for St. Giles.

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SF Labor Council echoes Guild call for open meetings of state bodies

Echoing the Pacific Media Workers Guild, the San Francisco Labor Council is calling on the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers Compensation and the state Department of Industrial Relations to abide by the open-meeting law governing state policy bodies.

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Testimony concludes in Tribune-Herald severance pay arbitration

A two-day arbitration hearing concluded in Hilo Thursday that will determine whether full-time employees offered jobs by OPI in December will be paid severance because they were fired and forced to reapply under new terms of employment. An estimated $180,000 in total severance pay is at stake in the case.  …

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Newly organized language teachers launch contract talks

Language Teachers United met on Friday with St Giles Management to begin collective bargaining.

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Guild website takes several firsts in writing

The International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) announced winners in its annual showcase of labor websites, newsletters and multimedia on Wednesday. This local’s website, mediaworkers.org, took several first-place writing awards.

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Student journalists revive labor reporting

Student journalists in the Pacific Media Workers Guild’s Bay News Rising summer program in social justice reporting have unleashed some amazing work.

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Guardian US staff votes unanimously to join News Media Guild

The staff of the Guardian US voted unanimously (45-0) Wednesday to unionize under the the Guild’s wire service local, the News Media Guild. In a statement, Guardian staff said, “We would like to thank the News Media Guild and the Communications Workers of America for their invaluable help, advice and …

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