Mailroom and ad production jobs on the line in Hilo

Bargaining Bulletin #3 Our Hawaii Tribune-Herald bargaining committee met with representatives of the company for negotiations on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Imiloa Astronomy Center. The negotiations focused on a potential one-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement. The company indicated that it …

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Former Chronicle reporter reflects on Distilled Spirits

Back in the day, before I came to accept my powerlessness over certain substances, there would have been a tear in my beer while chugging through Don Lattin’s new book, “Distilled Spirits: “Getting High, Then Sober, With a Famous Writer, A Forgotten Philosopher And a Hopeless Drunk.” It’s a memoir …

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Hundreds of interpreters re-energize, bolster skills during CFI conference

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of interpreters polished their skills, connected with other professionals and re-energized during the 2012 California Federation of Interpreters conference this past weekend. Some 350 attended the workshops, including interpreters from Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota and North Carolina. The 3-day conference in Los Angeles allows interpreters from …

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CFI President urges interpreters keep informed; give courts a message of unity

California Federation of Interpreters President Michael Ferreira urged interpreters to actively support their bargaining teams and remain informed about what is going on in the profession statewide during Saturday’s membership meeting. One of the best ways to get involved, Ferreira explained, is by joining a Watch and Support Committee in …

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Chronicle Guild members resist Hearst stall tactics

A video tour of the fabulous Hearst Corp. headquarters in New York shows a company that treats some of its workers to subsidized sushi.  In San Francisco Chronicle labor negotiations, we see another side of the media giant.  Video by Cubes. Bargaining Bulletin #11 San Francisco Chronicle Unit Hearst Corp. …

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Honored union advocate courting retirement

Duane Beeson, activist lawyer and senior partner in the Media Workers’ own law firm, Beeson Tayer & Bodine, had something like a retirement dinner Wednesday night. Beeson, 90, a onetime staff attorney for the NLRB back when the federal agency took  its job of defending worker rights a lot more …

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Guild proposes to make employees whole after years of concessions

Bargaining Bulletin #10 San Francisco Chronicle Unit In light of the Hearst Corp.’s continued stalling and inadequate offers, the Guild bargaining committee expanded its list of demands Monday during the latest round of contract talks. The Guild had hoped to reach a quick settlement on a short list of economic …

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Locked out Castlewood workers will return to work in October

After two years of stalling and dirty tricks by management, Castlewood Country Club has been advised to end its lockout – and quickly. An administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Aug. 17 that the lockout was illegal. The judge told the company to reinstate the workers …

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Seth Rosenfeld discusses criticism of his book over Aoki revelation

Investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld never imagined his new book would attract so much criticism after it named 1960s Bay Area activist Richard Aoki an undercover FBI informant. “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power,” is a nonfiction book that details the history of the FBI’s …

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Why are you withdrawing your proposal?

Bargaining Bulletin #9 San Francisco Chronicle Unit Hearst Corp’s pay proposal turned out to have the shelf life of a flounder on a sidewalk on a sunny day in San Jose. On Thursday, Hearst lawyers offered a pay raise of 1.5% in each year of a three-year contract, effective July …

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