San Francisco State journalism students learn to care

Steve Rubenstein’s working life after the Chronicle has involved a lot of time lounging around with college students. He’s been teaching a course in magazine writing at San Francisco State University, where such illustrious Chronicle alumni as Yumi Wilson and Harriet Chiang also teach. Last week, Rube forced his erstwhile …

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Hearst offers next to nothing in Chronicle talks

Bargaining Bulletin #8 San Francisco Chronicle Unit Hearst Corp. finally offered its first detailed contract proposal Thursday, four months after bargaining started, suggesting all we need is a 1.5 percent pay raise in each of the next three years to solve all our problems. The proposed 1.5 percent annual pay …

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Rube clowns around at the barbecue

Offer journalists a free cheeseburger and a beer and they’ll show up, which is what happened at Lake Temescal in Oakland for the annual Chronicle barbecue, presided over by soulmates Boswick the Clown and Carl T. Hall. Hall denied that the T. stands for “tartare” even though he somehow forgot …

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Hearst shifts to an even slower gear — reverse — in talks Thursday

Bargaining Bulletin #7 San Francisco Chronicle Unit Guild negotiators offered Hearst Corp. a new proposal Thursday to resolve our controversy over health care financing. We said we would simply agree to lock in the current contract commitment and shift further debate about health care to where it belongs: our jointly …

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Chronicle unit members share a cup of solidarity before bargaining

Bargaining Bulletin #6 San Francisco Chronicle Unit NY Hearst reps travel light Representatives of the Hearst Corp., which owns the San Francisco Chronicle, met with the Chronicle Guild bargaining committee today, rejected almost all aspects of the Guild’s proposal for a new labor agreement, and did not present a counter-offer. …

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Top Guild brass honors retiring Guild bookkeeper Raul Ticzon

September 14, 2012 by Kat Anderson The Guild celebrated the long career of bookkeeper Raul Ticzon during an Italian-themed luncheon on Tuesday in the offices at 433 Natoma.  Ticzon retired after 31 years on the San Francisco staff. Ticzon began his career with newspapers when he was hired to the …

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Report language access barriers in California courts

Members of the California Federation of Interpreters want to bolster equal access to justice in California by documenting language services problems in the courts. CFI, part of Local 39521, needs your help collecting incident reports which detail instances of barriers to justice. These barriers include, but are not limited to events like the following: Hearings or attorney-client interviews …

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Chronicle Guild Unit protests Hearst stalling

Bargaining Bulletin #5 San Francisco Chronicle Unit The Guild filed an unfair labor practice charge Wednesday against the Hearst Corp. after its negotiators again delayed meeting with our bargaining committee. We consider Hearst’s repeated delays and cancelations over the past five months as acts of bad faith. Our health plan, …

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No backing down in Hilo

By Niesha Lofing President, Pacific Media Workers Guild The aloha spirit is certainly alive and well among Pacific Media Workers Guild units in Hawaii. Executive Officer Carl Hall and I traveled to the islands recently to meet with members in Honolulu and Hilo to discuss negotiations, contracts and future plans. …

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East Bay BANG Bulletin: August 13, 2012

Guild negotiators met with management Monday in Pleasanton to review some of the major issues blocking progress toward a new labor agreement that elevates East Bay terms to San Jose standards. Your bargaining committee presented a revised transfer proposal which offers greater flexibility to the management but protects employees from …

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