After five months trying to negotiate a contract for workers at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Pacific Media Workers Guild said it is appealing for public and labor support to win a fair settlement with the Hearst Corp., the Chronicle’s New York-based corporate owner.
The collapse of print media, combined with the rise of the Internet, has contributed to a boom in citizen journalism and blogging, as well as layoffs of thousands of newsroom staffers as advertising dollars have vaporized.
Can you hear me now?
More than a dozen demonstrators gathered at a Verizon Wireless storefront on Market Street today as part of a national day of action protesting executive raises as worker health care costs go up and wages are cut.
Management of the Bay Area News Group-East Bay, a local affiliate of MediaNews and Digital First Media, met with East Bay media workers Tuesday for preliminary talks over a new collective bargaining agreement between BANG and Pacific Media Workers Guild.
Wolf spent 226 days at the federal detention center in Dublin between August 2006 and April 2007 – an experience he describes as “more boring than brutal” — for refusing to surrender raw video footage and give testimony to a federal grand jury about a Mission District demonstration in July 2005.
Wolf spent 226 days, mostly in solitary confinement, at the federal detention center in Dublin between August 2006 and April 2007 for refusing to surrender raw video footage and give testimony to a federal grand jury regarding violent incidents at an anarchists’ rally in July 2005.
In particular, the Day of Action, which brought demonstrators out in cities across the U.S., trained its sights on Verizon Communications, where management and unions have been locked in a fight over benefits since a contract lapsed in August.
The meeting, held Tuesday afternoon at Oakland City Hall, was called in an effort to discuss incidents of working reporters and photographers being detained and in some cases arrested by Oakland Police Department officers during several Occupy Oakland protests in recent months.
“Young people are being told that they just have to suck it up and live in a world without jobs. We’re being told that America can’t afford teachers, but we can afford CEO tax cuts. We’re being asked to accept a society that rewards wealth and punishes work. A society that makes it harder for young people to go to college. A society where hate is growing … It’s shameful,” said Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, in her keynote address during the Next Up conference held last fall. “The economic and social problems, the hate and the fear we see around us this day can only be solved by a fresh generation of committed, smart, tireless and creative activists.”