The San Francisco Chronicle unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild is negotiating a new contract with corporate owner Hearst. It doesn’t look, so far, like the two parties are anywhere near the same page.
Last Thursday, the company offered a proposal that called for raises of 1.5 percent each year; it withdrew that proposal on Friday, the Guild reported. The Guild had asked for 4 percent annual raises and a contribution of $1 million to the employees’ health care trust. On Monday, the Guild scaled back its demand, asking now for 3 percent raises over the next three years and $800,000 for the health care plan. It also asked for the restoration of the 37.5-hour workweek, paid internships, and more.
Back in 2009, 24/7 Wall Street put the Chronicle on “deathwatch” after Hearst promised to shutter the paper if it failed to turn a profit.