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BARGAINING BULLETIN #2

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE/SFGATE UNIT

Your Guild bargaining committee met Wednesday via the modern miracle of videoconferencing technology Wednesday with management representatives of the Hearst Corp. and the Chronicle, them in Hearst headquarters in New York, us in the Guild offices on Natoma Street.

Management for the most part deferred responding to the Guild’s detailed contract proposals, which reflect our major goals, including a 5 percent across-the-board pay increase, shorter workday, restored vacations, a 401(k) match and a new retirement plan. Most of the time was spent answering questions and clarifying our proposals.

Your bargaining team stressed to management that conditions have changed in the industry and at the Chronicle. In previous bargaining rounds, for instance, the company opened its books to justify economic concessions from its employees, and in 2009 Hearst even threatened to shut down the Chronicle. Now, profits are back, and we’re seeking nothing more than a fair share in the turnaround we helped bring about.

We also want a contract at least as modern as the technology we used for today’s bargaining session. We want a contract that creates a progressive family- and employee-friendly workplace and includes fair and equitable wages, retirement benefits, reasonable vacation allotments and realistic policies regarding ethics and social media.

Management offered few specific responses Wednesday but promised to present a comprehensive reply in the coming weeks. Further bargaining sessions will be scheduled after your Guild bargainers have a chance to review the Hearst proposals.

We invite anyone with comments about what they’d like to see in a new contract, or with questions about the bargaining process, to contact any of the following members of the Chronicle Guild Bargaining Committee: Mike Cabanatuan, JK Dineen, Tara Duggan, Caroline Grannan, Gloria La Riva and Steve Rubenstein, and Guild staff Carl Hall and Kat Anderson.

The Hearst Corp. was represented at Wednesday’s meeting by Aryn Sobo of the Hearst legal staff; Raquel Davis, also a Hearst staffer, and by Renee Peterson, Chronicle human resources.

Pacific Media Workers Guild

Pacific Media Workers Guild

We are the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America. We represent more than 1,200 journalists and other media workers, interpreters, translators, union staffs and freelancers.

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