Friday, July 25, 2008

7/24 bargaining update

We're gotten word on the results of the latest bargaining session, and here's the abridged version:

The bargaining team resisted an effort to set up a two-tier scale-pay system, and received a pay-raise offer of 2 percent. Two percent falls short of the Guild's goal, but it's better than the zero percent we've been facing for more than a year.

However MediaNews continues to push for the right to outsource anyone, at any time, for any reason. The team is examining potential counter proposal language that would satisfy both the company and the Guild.

The bargaining team returns to negotiations July 31. In the meantime, they'll be meeting with the Press-Telegram unit on Monday at about 2 p.m., to discuss the talks, grievances, ULP's and community outreach efforts.

Stay tuned for more details, or just come to the meeting.


Anonymous said...

This outsourcing ( freelance, correspondent, india ) is getting worse. And just because they do it now doesn't mean its right !
The contract language before was fine with them for the duration of the contract.

Yes they share Sports and Entertainment content with the OC Register and share content with MediaNews and they soon I'm sure will share content with the L.A. Times.
When do we say enough is enough?
I know money is what everyone wants in the end but the money we are talking about is equivalent to one paycheck. Is job security a priority for anyone? Has everyone given-up?
I hope not.

Anonymous said...

The scary thing is we here at the Breeze have no contract, just promises.

I can't feed my kids on a promise.

Anonymous said...

Helen Copley is rolling in her grave. With Union Tribune
The wolves are at the gates at the Breeze how long can Sanfield hold them back?.

Anonymous said...

"The wolves are at the gate"

Is that really what you think?

The wolves are WAY past the gate buddy. They're in your bedroom, sleeping next to your children. The wolves bought your damn company. They sign your paychecks.

Wake up.

Anonymous said...

How has MediaNews affected the Breeze? I don't think they are cutting at all over there.