The California Media Workers Guild has announced that its members voted to accept concessionary amendments to their collective-bargaining contract with the San Francisco Chronicle.
As part of the amendments, the workers agreed to give up seniority protection against job loss, reduce vacation and sick leave, lengthen the workday and tighten arbitration provisions. The new provisions are retroactive to March 1 and amend the workers’ existing five-year contract, which expires on June 30, 2010.
In a statement, the guild, which is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America Local 39521, said that members repeatedly declared “their desire to work through the disastrous economic situation now engulfing the industry.” The workers voted for the change by a 10-1 ratio to avoid sale or closure of the 144-year-old newspaper.
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