Unionized employees at the Chronicle have turned to social media to protest Hearst’s desire to switch to a new health insurance plan that they say will cost them up to $3,000 a year more. An open letter on Facebook from the workers says:
- 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 accounts to a pay cut of hundreds or thousands of dollars a years for most of us.
As part of the protest, some employees are changing their Twitter avatar to a red box, MediaBistro’s Fishbowl LA reports. The union points out that after months of negotiations, they still don’t have a contract with the paper. Here’s a link to the union’s side of the story.