Campaign escalates as DFM cuts staff

Negotiations for a 2018 wage re-opener covering 13 bargaining units will open soon as Digital First Media ordered a new wave of staff cuts throughout California and in suburban Philadelphia in January. In response, DFM workers are escalating their contract campaign against Alden Global Capital, the New York hedge fund that owns DFM and that has been systematically stripping newspaper assets since 2012.

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Honolulu talks hinge on economics

Guild and management negotiators significantly narrowed the issues blocking agreement on a new labor contract during two days of talks in Honolulu. Our committee managed to elicit a package proposal from the company that would drop many of the onerous proposals it made last year, such as reducing holidays and sick leave, absurd absenteeism terms, restrictions on shop stewards and a weaker grievance procedure. But the company still demands the right to conduct random drug testing.

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Shopnotes: Happy 99th Dr. Dave

Everyone showed up at Dr. Dave Perlman’s 99th birthday party except Dr. Dave, whose own doc (the kind who actually went to med school) advised him to stay home and rest up for the next one.  So Dave was obliged to sit through a group performance of Happy Birthday by telephone. 

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Local Election Committee announces results – Anderson wins for local Secretary

The following statement was issued today by the Local 39521 Elections Committee: Dear Candidates: The Local Elections Committee of the Pacific Media Workers Guild met December 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Guild office to count ballots for the union’s election. Following are the results, certified by the LEC: …

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Local Election Notice 2017

Dear Member: A Local 39521 Election is being conducted by secret mail ballot. Your Election Notice/Ballot and Voting Instructions have been mailed to all members in good standing as of the cutoff established by the Local Election Committee. Please be sure to follow the instructions carefully. You will receive the Notice and Ballot if …

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Candidate statements for Local 39521 election 2017

Candidate statements for Local 39521 election 2017

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NAFTA hearing airs access issues in trade debate

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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Faux retirement, faux eclipse? Real shop notes…

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.

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Guild scholarship recipient sets sights high

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

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