Thursday, July 28, 2005

Guild approves 'terrible' Chronicle agreement
About 120 newsroom, advertising and circulation employees at the San Francisco Chronicle are expected to lose their jobs as the result of a five-year contract approved by the 900-member Northern California Media Workers Guild. The vote was 574-119 in favor of the deal, which was reached tentatively on July 24 and takes effect immediately (July 28). There were five abstentions. Guild President Michael Cabanatuan said, "I'm glad that it passed, but mostly I feel sad." The paper's management has said cuts are necessary to keep the financially struggling newspaper afloat. An auditor with the Communications Workers of America who reviewed financial records told the Guild that the paper lost at least $62 million in 2004.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Peninsula journalist, publisher Malott dies

Adele Renee' Malott, a longtime journalist and co-publisher of The Boutique and Villager, weekly newspapers in Burlingame and Hillsborough, died Friday (July 22) in Reno, Nev., from a brief illness at age 70, according to the Oakland Tribune. She wrote a weekly newspaper column for senior travelers that was distributed by The New York Times Syndicate, was the publisher of The Mature Traveler newsletter and co-authored a number of books. One of them was the recent "The Mature Traveler's Book of Deals," published in 1998. In 1981, Malott started Friendly Exchange magazine, with a circulation of more than 3 million, while she was a senior editor at The Webb Company in St. Paul, Minn. She continued as the magazine's editor in chief until 1997. She was a regular faculty member of the Reader's Digest Writers' workshops and worked for the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa.; the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce in St. Paul; WTCN-TV in Minneapolis; and KGB Radio in San Diego. Malott received dozens of awards for writing, editing and photography from the National Federation of Press Women, California Newspaper Association, the San Francisco Press Club and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She was a member of SATW and was president of the society and chair of SATW's Western Chapter. She also was a founding member of the Peninsula Press Club in San Mateo.

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

NLRB sides against Chronicle pressmen

The National Labor Relations Board claims that the pressman's union violated labor laws by refusing to negotiate for a contract with the Chronicle, according to a report in today's Chron, and the dispute is now headed to an administrative law judge. The union, representing 250 press operators and pre-press workers, has said it held three "negotiating sessions" with the Chron, but management doesn't consider them to be official contract talks.

Currently, the Chron dealing with several unions who contracts expired June 30.

Negotiations are taking place with the Media Workers Guild (870 editorial, advertising, circulation and customer service employees), Mailers Union (350 who insert pre-printed sections) and Typographical Union (30 artists and others who design ads).

On Friday, management reached an agreement with the Teamsters who maintain its buildings.

The Paperhandlers Union, representing 20 people, has ratified a contract.

Vendors Local 468, representing 24 independent contractors who sell the paper at kiosks, has reached a tentative contract agreement but has not yet ratified it.

The Chron's contract with its Teamster drivers doesn't expire until 2010.