Before we left for Phoenix, I found out that the paper offered the Guild a two year deal that gave them a raise of .5% for each of the two years. That, and giving up weeks of vacation, making them work a 40 hour week (they work a 37.5 hour week now) without an increase in pay (something we gave up in the last contract), switching from a defined pension to a 401k and a host of other givebacks. With the Shared Services coming soon, and layoffs on December 5th, the Guild is in real trouble.
There was also an article in the Chronicle that said they had outsourced their entire printing operation to a Canadian company that would build a press operation somewhere in the Bay Area. This would occur in 4 years, when the contract with the Unionized printers expires. There's our competition for our contract printing. They won't have a Union operation like we do, either in the operation nor on their dock. This is why we should have voted "yes" on the changes, so we can compete with an operation like this.
Contracting out your print operation is more common in Canada and Europe. It is not unheard of in America, but the Chronicle will be the largest paper in the country to do it when it takes effect.
The times they are a'changing.
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