Guild Tentatively Agrees to Concessions at SF Chronicle
The California Media Workers Guild’s negotiators have reached a tentative agreement with management at the San Francisco Chronicle over concessions aimed at keeping the struggling newspaper printing. Ratification is set for Thursday, and the Guild negotiators are recommending its approval.
The terms reached late Monday include expanded management ability to lay off employees without regard to seniority. All employees who are discharged in a layoff or who accept voluntary buyouts are guaranteed two weeks’ pay per year of service up to a maximum of one year, plus company-paid health care for the severance term, even in the event of a shutdown – which today’s agreement is designed to avoid.
Guild membership will remain a condition of continued employment for all employees. However, new hires in certain advertising sales positions will be given the option of membership, even though they will retain Guild protection under the contract.
On-callers will be limited to no more than 10 percent in any classification or department.
Pension changes are not part of this agreement, but are being discussed by pension authorities and must be implemented under terms of the Pension Protection Act, due to the recent declines in investment markets. Because those changes may affect the decisions of many members concerning buyouts, we are attempting to reach some key understandings now as to the nature of the changes and when they will take effect.