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.
Hearst refused Monday to increase its pay offer of 1.5% a year over the proposed four-year term of a new contract. Nor would the management offer any more than it pays now (the same amount paid since 2005) to maintain our current health plan.
I’m Mike Kepka. Raising three young daughters, I’m exposed to every cold and virus you might imagine. So having affordable access to medical care is a priority for me. Unfortunately, Hearst is proposing to make our health plans a whole lot less affordable. I love the Chronicle, and the work …
The Guild team crunched numbers provided by Hearst and determined that the Company’s own proposal would cost it about $600,000 more per year than our current system.
My name is Autumn Grace. I am a former member of the Chronicle family and presently an employee advocate and organizer for the Pacific Media Workers Guild. I am still covered under the Chronicle health care plan and have been a Kaiser member for as long as I can remember. …
The Guild raised new cost issues concerning Hearst Corp.’s proposal.
Guild bargainers met with Chronicle representatives Monday to resume negotiations, calling on the management to reach an agreement by the end of February that protects affordable health care.