Guild proposes to make employees whole after years of concessions

Bargaining Bulletin #10 San Francisco Chronicle Unit In light of the Hearst Corp.’s continued stalling and inadequate offers, the Guild bargaining committee expanded its list of demands Monday during the latest round of contract talks. The Guild had hoped to reach a quick settlement on a short list of economic …

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Why are you withdrawing your proposal?

Bargaining Bulletin #9 San Francisco Chronicle Unit Hearst Corp’s pay proposal turned out to have the shelf life of a flounder on a sidewalk on a sunny day in San Jose. On Thursday, Hearst lawyers offered a pay raise of 1.5% in each year of a three-year contract, effective July …

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Hearst offers next to nothing in Chronicle talks

Bargaining Bulletin #8 San Francisco Chronicle Unit Hearst Corp. finally offered its first detailed contract proposal Thursday, four months after bargaining started, suggesting all we need is a 1.5 percent pay raise in each of the next three years to solve all our problems. The proposed 1.5 percent annual pay …

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Rube clowns around at the barbecue

Offer journalists a free cheeseburger and a beer and they’ll show up, which is what happened at Lake Temescal in Oakland for the annual Chronicle barbecue, presided over by soulmates Boswick the Clown and Carl T. Hall. Hall denied that the T. stands for “tartare” even though he somehow forgot …

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Hearst shifts to an even slower gear — reverse — in talks Thursday

Bargaining Bulletin #7 San Francisco Chronicle Unit Guild negotiators offered Hearst Corp. a new proposal Thursday to resolve our controversy over health care financing. We said we would simply agree to lock in the current contract commitment and shift further debate about health care to where it belongs: our jointly …

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Chronicle unit members share a cup of solidarity before bargaining

Bargaining Bulletin #6 San Francisco Chronicle Unit NY Hearst reps travel light Representatives of the Hearst Corp., which owns the San Francisco Chronicle, met with the Chronicle Guild bargaining committee today, rejected almost all aspects of the Guild’s proposal for a new labor agreement, and did not present a counter-offer. …

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Chronicle Guild Unit protests Hearst stalling

Bargaining Bulletin #5 San Francisco Chronicle Unit The Guild filed an unfair labor practice charge Wednesday against the Hearst Corp. after its negotiators again delayed meeting with our bargaining committee. We consider Hearst’s repeated delays and cancelations over the past five months as acts of bad faith. Our health plan, …

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Health care questions dominate Guild contract talks at SF Chronicle

  Bargaining Update August 2, 2012 Members of the San Francisco Chronicle Unit met Wednesday to hear the latest word — none too encouraging — from the bargaining front. No decisions were made or votes taken at the meeting. Members raised many questions, and discussed a written set of answers …

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GUILD VOICES: Chronicle should end deal with Journatic

by Kat Anderson, Director, Bay News Rising July 18, 2012 Investigations, both internal and outside, have revealed that content outsourcer Journatic supplied fake bylines to its publishing customers which include the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, GateHouse Media and Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle. Journatic’s head of editorial production, …

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Phony bylines by publishers including SF Chronicle raise ethical concerns

It took real journalists to reveal last week that some publishers, including the Hearst Corp.’s San Francisco Chronicle, have been using outsourced content under made-up bylines — a disservice to readers that damages the credibility of good journalists everywhere. Our parent union, The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, has issued …

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