After getting the antagonism out of the way in the first day of bargaining, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, we got down to business with discussions of 401(k), sick leave and the details of family leave laws in the context of the company’s proposed short-term disability plan. We did not discuss salary increases, and management hasn’t made an offer. Our proposal seeks 5 percent annual raises during a three-year contract.
The company wants to abandon annual cost-of-living pay raises and discontinue experience-based step increases. Any future raises would be entirely based on management whim — the same discretionary system that now governs overscale merit raises, which has led to allegations of pay inequities tied to sex, race and age.
While the union proposal seeks improvement of the labor contract that recently expired, leaving many provisions unchanged but seeking better compensation terms and clarity on certain working conditions and performance standards, the management proposal was practically a complete re-write.
NAFTA negotiators can establish sanctions against countries that don’t at least try to make it safe for journalists – and other workers – to do their jobs.
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So many Chronicle alumni raised a glass at Dave Perlman’s spectacular retirement party that Curiouser and Curiouser is apologizing in advance for all the ones he’s about to miss.
Jordan B. Castro, our Russ Cain Memorial Student Aid Fund winner for 2017, is the son of a Chronicle unit member. He will study civil engineering at San Francisco State University
Let’s visit the DFM bosses. Invest in employees. Raise our pay. Now.
Community organizations and unions in San Francisco marched up Market Street on Saturday, carrying banners and blocking streets, to protest a planned rally by Nazis and racists.
The Guild hosted contract talks via videoconference with Hearst representatives. Your bargaining team stressed that conditions have changed in the industry and at the Chronicle. Major goals include a 5 percent across-the-board pay increase, shorter workday, restored vacations, a 401(k) match and a new retirement plan.