Bay Area News Group (Digital First) rejected the committee’s proposal that seeks to restore wages and benefits lost in recent contracts, such as a 3 percent wage increase in each of the next three years, a fifth week of vacation after 15 years of service, and resumption of an employee 401k match.
Guild proposal reflected concerns from a member survey, recent small-group meetings and an internal analysis of payroll data. Since 2008 members have suffered a 14.25 percent loss in inflation-adjusted dollars, increased to 16.1 percent with inclusion of lost vacation.
On Thursday, the Guild presented a revised proposal that clarified priorities in the achievement of parity with the San Jose Mercury News contract.
East Bay Guild negotiators pressed the issue of work locations and proposed trying to find ways to reduce commute expenses during the latest round of contract talks Thursday.
Bargaining resumed Thursday in the East Bay after an extended break from contract talks. The Guild committee pressed for a new labor agreement that puts pay and benefits on par with the Bay Area standard for professional journalists.