Your Guild bargaining unit offered a new approach Thursday on some of the core issues in our negotiations for a new labor agreement with the Bay Area News Group.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald collective bargaining continued Wednesday and Thursday in Waikiki. The guild suggested that the scope of the negotiations be narrowed to focus on about a half dozen priority issues, including wages, job security, medical and management rights. Management offered no pay raise and proposed increases in health care.
The 1.5% proposed raise in the expensive Bay Area is equivalent to Hearst buying the staff a box of crackerjacks with each paycheck. Taking an essential “pay cut” in order to continue receiving medical benefits could leave many supporting staff swinging back and forth on a trapeze between their loved jobs or a higher-paying future.
California court interpreters have not received a wage increase in more than five years while healthcare costs spiked and inflation has gone up 11% from 2007 to 2013. In bargaining, the courts continue to reject a raise.
Hearst lawyers brought nothing new to the bargaining table Thursday when talks resumed for a new Guild contract at the San Francisco Chronicle.
To play this game, plug in your weekly pay, indicate what Guild health benefits you currently have and then select possible Hearst choices from the “same as” management plan. See what your pay will look like with a 1.5% increase and the contributions you will have to make to the Hearst-sponsored benefits.
At least a hundred Chronicle Guild members and allies took a break together today to walk around the building in protest of Hearst’s contract proposal that spikes health care costs but offers very little in pay increases.
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Scores of reporters, editors and workers at the San Francisco Chronicle are using the social media tools of their trade — including Twitter and Facebook — in an unusual protest against Hearst.
None of us ever expected to make big money writing for a newspaper, even though it’s a demanding, often stressful job. But we did expect to be paid decent salaries we could live on, good health insurance, a reasonable amount of time off and some retirement.