The company wants to abandon annual cost-of-living pay raises and discontinue experience-based step increases. Any future raises would be entirely based on management whim — the same discretionary system that now governs overscale merit raises, which has led to allegations of pay inequities tied to sex, race and age.
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After 16 months of bargaining, San Francisco Chronicle Guild members ratified a 5-year contract that provides annual raises, but comes with big changes in their health care plan.
After a 16-month battle with the Hearst Corp. that focused mainly on economics and health benefits, the San Francisco Chronicle Guild Bargaining Committee is recommending members ratify a new 5-year contract.
A federal mediator was brought into the Chronicle-Guild negotiations in a renewed effort to settle terms of a new labor contract at the newspaper.
Chronicle’s publisher will retire soon; replacement comes from Yukaipa Companies and LA Times. New president led Demand Media’s marketing, sales and corporate communications and was once a senior VP at Yahoo.
The 1.5% proposed raise in the expensive Bay Area is equivalent to Hearst buying the staff a box of crackerjacks with each paycheck. Taking an essential “pay cut” in order to continue receiving medical benefits could leave many supporting staff swinging back and forth on a trapeze between their loved jobs or a higher-paying future.
Chronicle Guild negotiators broke off talks Tuesday with the Hearst Corp. after enduring yet another rendition of the same old company song and dance routine.