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S.F. initiative would expand Guild’s sunshine role

Your Guild would expand its role in working for local government transparency under a package of reforms to San Francisco’s Sunshine Ordinance that the citizens’ group San Franciscans for Sunshine hopes to place on this November’s citywide ballot.

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News matters most -- according to JK Dineen , Mike  Cabanatuan, Carl Nolte, Leah Garchik and Steve Rubenstein -- when you get a free T-shirt.

Chronicle Shopnotes

For some reason, the Secret Service decided that the northeast men’s room on the third floor was a security risk during Bernie Sanders’ visit with the editorial board and declared it off limits for 2 1/2 hours.

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San Francisco Sheriff Deputies shove photojournalist Gabriella Angotti-Jones who was covering a "Frisco 5" protest at City Hall on May 6, 2016. Angotti-Jones, with El Tecolote and CCSF’s The Guardsman, was wearing her press credentials. Photo by Noé Serfaty

Guild, SPJ protest deputies’ assaults on S.F. journalists

Following brutal assaults by San Francisco sheriff’s deputies on four journalists covering a protest rally in City Hall on May 6, your Guild and the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, have told Mayor Edwin Lee and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy that such atrocious conduct must stop.

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CANCELLED: Executive Committee meeting May 21, 2016

Local 39521’s executive committee meeting scheduled for May 21, 2016, has been cancelled. The next Guild meeting will be an Exec Comm/Rep Assembly meeting on June 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 2016 meeting schedule

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Guild office wreckage all part of the plan

A work crew began demolishing our offices at 433 Natoma St. this week in San Francisco, first tangible step in a renovation we have been discussing for the past two years.

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The Guild has moved (temporarily)

We have temporary digs in Berkeley:

Pacific Media Workers Guild
c/o UPTE, CWA local 9119
2855 Telegraph Suite 310
Berkeley CA 94705

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Travel editor Spud Hilton blows his own horn monthly with the Joyful Noise Jazz Band in El Sobrante.  The hot air goes in the skinny end and the metal thing transforms it into the joyful noise.  Copy isn't all that Spud makes sing.

April Chronicle Shop Notes

Send gossip, titillating trivia and scandal to: srubenstein@sfchronicle.com Who says an ergonomics workshop is ho-hum?  Not us.  In fact, it’s practically X-rated.  Consider these words of advice from the Chronicle’s amazing ergonomist, Anna Brock: “Some employees really want to be on top (of the desk)” and “You really have to …

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The author's father, Richard Peele. Photo courtesy Thomas Peele.

Nixon then, unity now

Investigative reporter Thomas Peele once believed that supporting union efforts posed a conflict of interest to reporters. In this moving essay comparing his hardworking father’s life to his own, Peele reexamines that view.

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Digital First Media workers launch coordinated contract campaign

Today is the launch of a national, coordinated campaign to win fair contracts with wage increases for the nearly 1,000 Guild-represented employees of Digital First Media.

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A firefighter from the Northshore Fire Protection District of Lake County sprays water on the side of a home, Saturday Sept 12, 2015 during the Valley Fire. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat 2015)

Press Democrat honors Guild photographer for fiery efforts

Santa Rosa Press Democrat photographer and longtime Guild member Kent Porter was announced as the paper’s Employee of the Year in a newsroom ceremony on January 7.

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