To: Hearst Corporation

Demand Fair Health Care for San Francisco Chronicle Workers

Demand Fair Health Care for San Francisco Chronicle Workers

The residents of the San Francisco Bay Area support the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate, and we in turn ask the Hearst Corporation to support the Chronicle staff with fair wages and affordable healthcare.

Why is this important?

We, the employees of the San Francisco Chronicle, have had enough.

We love this newspaper, and we've worked hard since the layoffs of 2009 to help keep it afloat. We've done everything Hearst demanded: sacrificing pay raises, giving up seniority, losing vacation time and holidays, even working through what used to be our paid lunch hour.

For years, we've been working twice as hard with a smaller staff — doing everything needed to keep this paper afloat, relevant and great.

And this is how the highly profitable Hearst Corporation pays us back.

Now, Hearst is insisting that we shoulder huge increases for an inferior health plan. Even offset by a meager proposed raise, this amounts to a pay cut of hundreds or thousands of dollars a years for most of us.

We love the Chronicle, and we love journalism, but we can't keep donating our own livelihoods to increase the profits of our corporate owners.

Sign our petition to help us tell Hearst that San Francisco deserves better.

San Francisco Bay Area

Reasons for signing

  • More humane treatment of hard-working and devoted employees and their families trumps profit margins and earnings growth in my book.
  • It is payback time for not standing alongside Web Pressmen's & Prepress Workers Local 4N when they were scabbed by a Canadian firm called Transcontinental. Local 4 had been around since 1898. Thanks to Hoffa and Tedeschi for playing ball with Darth Vega in a conspiracy to get rid of us. It worked, kudos to Vega, we no longer exist!!!!!!
  • We are longtime subscribers. Hearst raises the subscription price and cuts the quality, so that management can profit at the expense of those who create the product. Just like the SF Symphony management. No, thanks!