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.
Heather Smith has worked in the Prepress Department as a Graphic Designer for the San Francisco Chronicle for almost 13 years. In that time, the co-pay for a visit to her doctor has gone from $10 to $30 per visit. She can’t afford higher co-pays.
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.
Chronicle worker can’t afford higher health care costs and helping daughter in college at the same time.
Bargaining resumed Wednesday for a new Guild contract at the San Francisco Chronicle, where Guild representatives pressed for answers to questions surrounding a proposed transition of union members into the Hearst-run health care program.
Management failed to address our core concerns, rejecting at least for now Guild proposals to enhance pay, vacations and retirement. The company also showed little interest in capping health premiums or paying bonuses to help employees maintain decent take-home pay and quality health care for their families.
Hearst offered its first significant move toward settling the SF Chronicle Guild contract, proposing a four-year deal that would nudge pay higher each year while changing the health care structure.