Over the past several years, multiple writers for the ever-shrinking San Francisco Chronicle
have told us they felt like rats in a snake's cage
. The paper is now thin enough to fit comfortably in your back pocket -- and its staff is just a fraction of what it was even a few years back.
Recent union deals with the paper's editorial staff have resulted in serious concessions -- and plenty of layoffs, buyouts, and general tossing overboard of items not nailed to the deck
. With contract negotiations under way again, Media Workers Guild representative Carl T. Hall tells us his side has an interesting new ploy to move the hard-hearted Hearst Corp. management types: essays from veteran Chron staffers
The first "testimonial" is by veteran Chron reporter Carl Nolte
-- who has been at the paper since it was printed on parchment and called Ye Olde San Francisco Chronicle
. Nolte points out that Chron
writers and editors are far outearned by prison guards.
How this will affect the bargaining position of a management team that essentially threatened to close down the paper in order to push through a draconian contract
remains to be seen.
In the next several days, essays by Chron
regulars Leah Garchik, Tom Abate, and others will go live on the Guild website. Also coming: A pro-union essay by staff conservative Debra Saunders
"She's been a supporter of the union for some time -- and active member and former shop steward," says Nolte. "She's quite an interesting person all the way around -- though her columns may or may not always appeal to people."
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