Health Care 2013: will the Chronicle be fair?

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.

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Chronicle guild members push for health plan alternatives

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.

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Health Care 2013 – will the Chronicle be fair?

Chronicle worker can’t afford higher health care costs and helping daughter in college at the same time.

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Costs of health care dominate Chronicle negotiations

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.

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Hearst unwilling to talk turkey in negotiations

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.

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Hearst finally makes its first comprehensive offer

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.

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High profile labor action sends message to Hearst: Fair contract now!

Guild members, workers-in-solidarity, labor leaders, and public officials gathered outside the Chronicle today to send a message to the Hearst Corp: Fair contract now! In the fifth month of collective bargaining, Hearst has yet to make an offer to which the Guild can respond.  Rather, Hearst has said “no” to …

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Guild to hold health care rally this Thursday

Guild members and their allies will gather Thursday outside the Chronicle building in downtown San Francisco to protest the New York-based Hearst Corp.’s attack on quality health care at the newspaper. Detailed flyer here. It will be one of the first public demonstrations by San Francisco media workers since the newspaper business …

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Former Chronicle reporter reflects on Distilled Spirits

Back in the day, before I came to accept my powerlessness over certain substances, there would have been a tear in my beer while chugging through Don Lattin’s new book, “Distilled Spirits: “Getting High, Then Sober, With a Famous Writer, A Forgotten Philosopher And a Hopeless Drunk.” It’s a memoir …

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Chronicle Guild members resist Hearst stall tactics

A video tour of the fabulous Hearst Corp. headquarters in New York shows a company that treats some of its workers to subsidized sushi.  In San Francisco Chronicle labor negotiations, we see another side of the media giant.  Video by Cubes. Bargaining Bulletin #11 San Francisco Chronicle Unit Hearst Corp. …

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