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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San Francisco Chronicle Bulletin #2

Health care funding discussed in second round of Chronicle negotiations Negotiations on a new Guild contract at The Chronicle continued Tuesday with a discussion of health care issues for more than an hour in The Guild conference room. Executive Officer Carl Hall re-established Guild concerns with new legal representation present …

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Welcome back to the Web

Welcome to the new Pacific Media Workers Guild site. We’ve changed software, updated our look and continue to update our content to deliver timely, high-quality labor information for our members. The change was unplanned — a hacker crippled the old site a few weeks ago, rendering it useless. We’ve been …

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Guild to grow membership in open newspaper shops

Trainers refreshed Guild activists on organizing basics at a day-long training Thursday in Sacramento, in preparation for a summer-long push to grow membership at open newspaper shops across California. Mobilizers and staff from the International shared ideas and plans for approaching more than 300 non-union newsroom employees working for Hearst, …

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Right-To-Work Laws: A GOP Assault on Unions

by Ralph E. Stone June 14, 2012 In February this year, Indiana became the 23rd state to enact a right-to-work law, the only RTW law passed in the last decade. Republicans generally favor RTW laws while unions and Democrats do not. RTW laws are geographical too. RTW states are clustered …

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