The Bay News Rising Student Union and the Pacific Media Workers Guild reached a collective bargaining agreement Tuesday after an hour of negotiations.
A federal mediator was brought into the Chronicle-Guild negotiations in a renewed effort to settle terms of a new labor contract at the newspaper.
On Thursday, the Guild presented a revised proposal that clarified priorities in the achievement of parity with the San Jose Mercury News contract.
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.
The Guild and Sacramento Bee management reached an agreement that will transition Modesto Bee copydesk personnel to the new Sacramento consolidated production center, govern labor and wages at the new center and extend the contract for existing Sacramento Bee newsroom and advertising employees covered by the guild.
Guild-supported legislation that would require petitions for state and local initiatives, referenda and recalls to include a list of their top funders is before the state Senate after getting the Assembly’s nod.
At the CWA convention in Pittsburgh, our guild received a special organizing award for our recent addition of Purple Communications, a large multi-state unit of sign language interpreters.
Delegates to the 2013 CWA convention in Pittsburgh debated competing plans to coordinate national telecommunications bargaining Monday.