Courts propose wage cuts, added duties for interpreters

July 25, 2012 Region 2 court administrators proposed adding to the daily duties of interpreters while cutting wages by 10 percent and reducing guaranteed work hours. The measures presented by the courts during Monday’s opening bargaining session closely mirror those previously proposed in Region 3. The most significant proposals made …

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Communications Workers Demand Fair Contract at AT&T Headquarters

by Kat Anderson July 20, 2012 A small but vocal contingent of CWA members rallied Thursday at AT&T headquarters in San Francisco to demand a contract settlement with the telecommunications giant that protects pay and health benefits. The message, delivered through megaphones and chants by members of three Bay Area …

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Center for Investigative Reporting rejects Guild in close vote

By a narrow margin, journalists at the Center for Investigative Reporting voted against Guild representation during an NLRB election Tuesday. The vote was 10 to 11. One year ago, journalists at The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit news startup based in San Francisco, voted to form a union through Pacific Media …

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GUILD VOICES: Chronicle should end deal with Journatic

by Kat Anderson, Director, Bay News Rising July 18, 2012 Investigations, both internal and outside, have revealed that content outsourcer Journatic supplied fake bylines to its publishing customers which include the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, GateHouse Media and Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle. Journatic’s head of editorial production, …

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Interpreters stand in solidarity with striking court workers

by Anabelle Garay July 16, 2012 Interpreters supported striking court employees Monday as a walkout by clerks closed most courtrooms in San Francisco. Court interpreters were told to remain in the courthouse and available to work despite the stoppage in various departments. Some members of the California Federation of Interpreters …

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San Francisco Chronicle ditches journalists for off-shore cheap labor

by Rebecca Rosen Lum July 16, 2012 Managers of the Hearst Corp.’s San Francisco Chronicle plan to continue using a controversial overseas content mill that fabricated bylines. Despite a protest by the Media Workers Guild, which represents journalists and other staff members at the Chronicle, editor Ward Bushee said the …

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Guild offers unique summer program to the Next Generation of media workers

by Niesha Lofing July 12, 2012 A college student journalism project spearheaded by the Pacific Media Workers Guild is being heralded by media professionals and industry leaders as a critical program to help the next generation of workers gain experience and introduce them to the value of unionism. Bay News …

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Phony bylines by publishers including SF Chronicle raise ethical concerns

It took real journalists to reveal last week that some publishers, including the Hearst Corp.’s San Francisco Chronicle, have been using outsourced content under made-up bylines — a disservice to readers that damages the credibility of good journalists everywhere. Our parent union, The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, has issued …

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East Bay BANG Bulletin: July 3, 2012

  Employee representatives of the Guild focused on non-economic issues Tuesday in Pleasanton as talks continued. East Bay employees demand equal treatment and an end to disparity of treatment between South Bay and East Bay units. As stated previously, despite business climate difficulties, employees insist that  a high-quality regional news operation demands that colleagues work …

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