Press Democrat workers recall sacrifices, seek some recovery

Bargaining bulletin #3

The Guild and management met Thursday in Rohnert Park for another round of bargaining.

Both sides remain far apart on a number of significant issues, including wages, severance, sick pay, health care benefits and cell phone costs.

Guild negotiators have made it clear that employees expect to recover some of the ground they lost after they voluntarily agreed to significant concessions so that Sonoma Media Investments could complete its purchase of the paper in 2012.

Management continues to resist any proposal that it claims would unreasonably add to costs.

Tentative agreements have been reached in a number of areas, including maintaining current scheduling practices and the 37.5-hour workweek.

The Guild on Thursday proposed a new program whereby new parents returning to work could do so part-time for up to three years. Management showed some interest in the concept, but balked at the length of time these employees could voluntarily work reduced hours.

The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 14. The Guild’s Season of Solidarity kicks off Dec. 18 with the always-invigorating holiday celebration. Happy holidays to all, and may the bulbs burn brightest for the less fortunate.

The Guild was represented by Carl Hall, Kat Anderson, Derek Moore, Lori Carter and Christopher Chung.

Representing management were Troy Niday, Sam Caddle, Emily DeBacker and Ted Appel.


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Pacific Media Workers Guild

We are the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America. We represent more than 1,200 journalists and other media workers, interpreters, translators, union staffs and freelancers.

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