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.
Chronicle Guild negotiators broke off talks Tuesday with the Hearst Corp. after enduring yet another rendition of the same old company song and dance routine.
As has been the pattern lately, Hearst negotiators offered no change in the Company’s position and indicated no interest in the Guild’s proposed compromise regarding protecting take-home pay in 2015 and 2016.
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.
All our members can find a way to honor the memory of the United Farm Workers founder. He was a longtime ally of the Guild who joined in our marches and supported our struggles as we supported his.
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.