My name is Harold Pierce. I am a Performance Manager within the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com Division. I’ve been very fortunate in the past to have taken advantage of quality healthcare at reasonable rates though the healthcare plan with the Pacific Media Workers Guild. I currently am enrolled with Kaiser Permanente and have been able to maintain a retirement and savings plan through the money saved on medical insurance.
Having affordable healthcare has also enabled me to achieve a stronger work-life balance living and working within one of the most expensive cities in the world. I was troubled when learning that Hearst may no longer continue our same coverage. Without the savings achieved through affordable healthcare, it will become increasingly difficult to keep up with the cost of living in San Francisco. I would need to cut back on saving for the future and reduce amenities such as my gym membership in order to make ends meet, which would be inopportune.
I sincerely hope that Hearst will do the honorable thing and continue to provide affordable healthcare. Dedicated employees prosper when adequately given fair benefits at affordable rates. With Hearst’s participation, we can all prosper together and maintain a strong work environment.