Monterey Herald Guild members approved a contract with the employer Wednesday that gives workers one extra paid day off a year, keeps a cap on health care benefits, and raises cell phone reimbursement to $60 monthly.
“We would have liked a raise but we are glad to have finally reached an agreement after more than a year of hard work by Guild members,” Unit Chair Phillip Molnar said.
Members’ base pay has been frozen for more than four years.
During that time, employees were asked to take two week-long, unpaid furloughs — a loss of roughly 4 percent of take-home pay. In the three years before that, base pay increased by 1 percent annually, but was offset by two week-long unpaid furloughs and an increase in the employee share of medical premiums.