Talks to combine East Bay and Merc units suspended until company offers pay increase

Talks to combine East Bay and Merc units suspended until company offers pay increase

Guild members and staff met for a third time with DFM management today to discuss the company’s proposal to merge the BANG and Mercury News contracts. We opted to suspend these talks and return to bargaining each contract separately. Once again, the Company had no pay proposal for workers who would be covered by the merged contract, and the Company also continued to propose that advertising employees would lose union protection.

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BANG East Bay negotiations reveal possible sale by year’s end

BANG East Bay negotiations reveal possible sale by year’s end

By George Kelly Unit Chair Guild negotiators met with management representatives Thursday in Pleasanton to present a new proposal in light of recent strategic developments involving Digital First Media. The Guild proposed “an extension, plus,” meaning an extension of the current contract on a shortened timeline ending June 30, 2015 (rather than a typical one-year […]

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San Jose Mercury News management wants status quo

The Guild has proposed a 3 percent wage increase in each of the next three years, a fifth week of vacation after 15 years of service, and resumption of an employee 401k match, as well as other improvements that would begin to restore wages and benefits we have lost in recent contracts. The company continues to reject any economic increases, based on lagging ad revenue.

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