San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate

OFFICERS

Chronicle/Gate Unit Chair: Michelle Devera
Chronicle/Gate Unit Vice Chair: Jon Ferguson

NEWS AND BULLETINS

New Business:

In November collective bargaining, Hearst offered a 1.5% pay increase year over year for four years and “same as” the management health care plan.  Your bargaining team created some graphics that depict what effects Hearst’s proposal will have on a variety of pay classifications and status of employee (i.e. single employee or employee + family).

Here are six different scenarios for your consideration:

1.  Sched A (6 years) and single employee Kaiser member: You will probably see $27 less value in your paychecks during the first year, which totals $702 per year.

2. Sched A (6 years) and employee + family Kaiser member: You will probably see $122 less value in your paychecks during the first year, which totals $3,172 per year.

3. Sched A (6 years) and single employee who switches from Guild Kaiser plan to Hearst Cigna PPO plan: You will probably see $35 less value in your paychecks during the first year, which totals $910 per year.

4. Sched C-VI (3 years) and single Kaiser member: You will probably see $39 less value in your paychecks during the first year, which totals $1,014 per year.

5. Sched C-VI (3 years) and employee + family Kaiser member: You will probably see $134 less value in your paychecks during the first year, which totals $3,484 per year.

6. Sched C-VI (3 years) and single employee who switches from Guild Kaiser plan to Hearst Cigna PPO plan: You will probably see $47 less value in your paychecks during the first year, which totals $1,222 per year.

If you want to see what Hearst’s offer of a 1.5% pay increase year over year for four years looks like when computed on pay within Schedules A, B and C, click here.

If you have any questions, please call Kat Anderson, Special Projects, at Pacific Media Workers Guild, at (415) 420-7503.

Old Business:

On November 15, 2012, Hearst proposed that Guild members leave our Health and Welfare trust health care plans and join the same plans that Hearst offers to its exempt employees.  Such a change would take effect sometime in 2013 and would not affect our members’ current enrollment period.

Under the Hearst proposal, HealthNet will no longer be an option, although there is a similar-looking Cigna option.  Kaiser would remain an option, but it will cost you more for your share of the premium payments.  New high deductible health care plans will be available, as well as various health care spending accounts that would allow you to set aside your own pre-tax wages for health care expenses. Dental and vision plans would be available, at an additional expense to you.

We are in the process of studying the summary documents for Hearst’s plans, but we need your input, too.

Take a look at this list of documents and become familiar with their contents.  And, then ask yourself, “How will my family’s health care change if Guild employees choose to join the Hearst health care system?”

1. Current Percentage of exempt Chronicle employees in each Hearst-sponsored health care plan

2. What all employees will have to pay toward their health care plans in each Hearst-sponsored health care plan

3.  Hearst Health Care Program Enrollment Summary and Options (35 pages) 2013

4.  Hearst CHOICE fund Open Access Plus Health Savings Account (Consumer Directed Health Plan (CDHP) plus HSA) 2013

5. Hearst CHOICE fund Open Access Plus Health Reimbursement Account (CHOICE Allowance Plan plus HRA) 2013

6. Hearst Open Access Plus (Cigna PPO) 2013

7.  Hearst Kaiser HMO 2013

8. Hearst Cigna Traditional Dental Plan and Cigna Dental Plan – see document at item 3 above.

9. Hearst Vision Service Plan – see document at item 3 above.

TIP: Print the page at item 2 above to see how much your monthly contribution will be for any of the Hearst plans listed at items 4 through 9 above.  Also, you can review the Guild plans for 2013 by looking below at “Health Care: Changes Effective 2013.”

Please call Kat Anderson, Special Projects at Pacific Media Workers Guild, (415) 420-7503 if you would like to be a part of our newly-forming Health Care Committee, or if you have any questions or comments.

Old Business:

Hearst’s proposed replacement health care plan for Chronicle workers, September 2012

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REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY DELEGATES

LIST BEING UPDATED

LINK TO CURRENT CONTRACT:

San Francisco Chronicle, July 2012 — June 2017

San Francisco Chronicle, July 2010 — June 2012 (old)

Pacific Media Workers Guild Health and Welfare Trust:

Changes Effective 2013:

2013 Guild Health Net PPO Summary of Benefits and Coverage

2013 Guild Health Net HMO Summary of Benefits and Coverage

2013 Guild Kaiser Summary of Benefits and Coverage

2013 Guild Employee Share of Health Care Premiums (Chronicle) (Effective 1-1-2013)

 

Information 2012:

Guild H&W Benefits Booklet
Employee Share of Health Care Premiums (Chronicle) (Effective 11-1-2011)
H&W Summary Annual Report, 2011

COBRA RATES (Effective 1-1-2013)
COBRA RATES (old)

 

Pensions:

Guild Retirement Plan pdf
Retirement Summary Annual Report

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