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Victory Declared: The Bay Citizen Becomes “The First Start-Up News Website to Organize,” Per Pacific Media Workers Guild

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

From the SF Bay Area Observer comes the news that journalists at The Bay Citizen will affiliate with the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America.

Perhaps things aren’t all locked down yet, but the MWG was confident enough to issue a press release this AM, so that’s good enough for me.

All the deets, below.

“Bay Citizen becomes first start-up news website to organize. New model in journalism leads way in workplace democracy

20 Jul 2011

Media Workers Guild

PRESS RELEASE

The Bay Citizen Becomes First Start-Up News Website to Unionize

New model in journalism leads way in workplace democracy

San Francisco, July 20, 2011 – Journalists at the nonprofit news website The Bay Citizen have voted to affiliate with the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America.

“We believe The Bay Citizen, as one of the pioneering exponents of new civic journalism, should also be a leading example in the area of workplace democracy,” The Bay Citizen’s editorial staff wrote in a letter to TBC President and CEO Lisa Frazier ahead of filing cards with the National Labor Relations Board.

The majority of the organization’s editorial staff signed union cards seeking to be represented by the Guild on May 26th, the one-year anniversary of The Bay Citizen’s launch. Voting was conducted June 27 at The Bay Citizen’s San Francisco headquarters and by mail-in ballot. NLRB officials counted the votes on Tuesday, July 12.

Two votes out of the 14 cast are being challenged. The remaining ballot count resulted in a 7-5 win to form the union. The two challenged votes have not been opened, however the Guild is certain that whether these two voters are included in the unit or not, the concluding tally will remain in favor of forming a unit. The Guild is asking the NLRB to count all votes cast.

Bernie Lunzer, international president of The Newspaper Guild in Washington, D.C., said the result marks an historic advance for media workers, as traditional newsrooms shrink and the industry struggles to find new models to stay competitive in the online era.

“The future of quality journalism depends on reporters and editors shaping the vision of innovative new media organizations. By voting to be represented by the Guild, employees at The Bay Citizen have given themselves this voice,” Lunzer said.

Support came from unionized journalists at The New York Times and KGO radio, which have agreements to obtain local news content from The Bay Citizen.

“For more than a year, journalists from The Bay Citizen have provided important coverage for the pages and website of The New York Times, and these talented journalists are an asset to the Guild at an important time, ” wrote Grant Glickson, New York Times Staff Assistant and Unit Chairperson.

Bay Citizen staff members are committed to the success of the organization and expect their new Guild unit to work in partnership with management to create a contract appropriate for their nonprofit startup.

The Bay Citizen was founded in 2010 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization dedicated to fact-based, independent reporting on civic and community issues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its newsroom of award-winning journalists covers Bay Area civic and cultural news topics that are under-reported today. TBC also partners widely with independent media organizations and produces the Bay Area pages of the The New York Times.

The Bay Citizen unit joins one of the premier affiliates of TNG-CWA. Formed after a series of recent mergers, the San Francisco-based Pacific Media Workers Guild (known as the California Media Workers Guild until a name change in January) represents about 2,000 news workers, freelancers, court interpreters and union staffs throughout California and Hawaii. News units include the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Bay Area News Group-East Bay, Bay City News Service, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee, Modesto Bee, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii Herald-Tribune and Maui News. The Guild also includes the California Federation of Interpreters, print shops and union staffs at AFSCME Local 3299, the ILWU and California Labor Federation.”

Taxi and MUNI Driver Organizing Meeting Coming August 1st, One Day Before the Great Transit Strike of 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

I’ve told you before, taxi drivers, and I’ll say it again.

If you want to get healthcare and if you want local govt. to take you seriously, become a MUNI driver.

Anyway, the latest deets are below.

One of the group of San Francisco taxi drivers who isn’t afraid of a little protest, obviously. She has three kids and she’s from Brazil – maybe she’ll be at the big meeting:

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Do I think it’s remotely possible that the bulk of a shift of taxi drivers will go on strike? No.

Do I think it’s probable that MUNI drivers will go on strike on August 2? Also no.

Anyway, the latest:

SF Transit Operator/Taxi Drivers Organizing Meeting August 1st

An open meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 1st, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm, between San Francisco taxi drivers and MUNI bus workers. (Everyone is welcome)

These meetings are to strengthen relations between the taxi workers and bus workers, and to envision a more united and organized public transit worker front. Taxi drivers of late have been protesting 5% credit card fees, rear seat payment terminals, and electronic waybill tracking.

Some MUNI and TAXI workers have voiced OSHA health and safety complaints. They are also protesting Proposition G, which is said to prevent workers from negotiating on their work conditions.

The MTA has recently approved a $233 million contract towards its controversial $1.6 billion project to begin tunneling under Chinatown. Meanwhile, taxi workers and MUNI workers are seeking to combine their efforts to not be forgotten and fight for their rights and demand to have what’s theirs.

WHEN: Monday, August 1st, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm.
WHERE: 201 Turk St. between Jones and Leavenworth.”

Oh Noes! It’s Six Six Six at the Foot of Columbus Avenue

Friday, June 24th, 2011

[UPDATE: "That’s a piece called 'Sixes' by San Francisco artist Chris Farris, for the Space Between Gallery at 1 Columbus.
The Colombo Building is sporting a number of other mural drawings and paintings from Farris while undergoing historic renovations." See Comments.]

Be afraid.

Be very afraid:

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Big Taxi Driver Protest Scheduled for City Hall at Noon Today – Some Drivers Don’t Like Proposed Fees

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Well looky here, looks like we’re in for a good old-fashioned taxi driver protest at City Hall today at noon. It seems some of our hacks are upset about having to pay some credit card fee, more or less. There are other issues as well, see below.

(Hey cabbies, why don’t you just try to become MUNI drivers? They’re always hiring, right? You’ll end up with health care and a bunch more money in the end, right? Just saying. Oh, since you’re not going to listen to me and I’m already telling you what to do, why not get a free Wordpress and post your issues up there? It’ll take like two minutes to get started. Just saying…)

Last time I was at a City Hall taxi protest, it was taken over by this driver, a mother of three from Brazil:

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All the deets:

“Tariq, a cab driver for many years is organizing a protest at City Hall on Tuesday May 3rd. Expected are over 100 drivers at this protest – meet us on the Polk street side of city hall at 12:00 noon.”

“PROTEST Tuesday May 3rd, 12 PM, City Hall, room 400

SHOW UP EVEN IF YOU COULD MAKE $100,000 IN THAT 2-3 HOURS

SAY: NO %5.

SAY WE CAN PAY LESS THAN HALF TO ROCESS CREDIT/DEBIT CARD.

SAY: IF DRIVERS ARE SELF-EMPLOYED, RUNNING THEIR OWN BUSINESS, THEN THEY SHOULD CHOOSE THEIR OWN SERVICE PROVIDER.

SAY: NO GPS ELECTORNIC WAYBILL.

SAY: IF SFMTA WANTS TO TREAT US LIKE AN EMPLOYEE, THEN THEY SHOULD PAY US LIKE MUNI DRIVERS.

SAY: SFMTA CAN NOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.

SAY: NO STORAGE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION (DRIVER OR PASSENGER).

SAY: IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT PERSONAL INFORMATION HAS, AND CAN BE, BROKEN INTO.

SAY: HOW MUCH, PER HOUR, IT COSTS SFMTA TO PAY AN ENTRY-LEVEL MUNI DRIVER?

SAY: THE FIRST $15 OF EVERY HOUR IS NOT OURS. SAY: WITH THE LEFT OVER WE PAY FOR TICKET, ASSAULT, ACCIDENT, RETIREMENT, MEDICAL, SICK-LEAVE AND MORE.

SAY: COMPARE THIS LEFT OVER WITH YOUR COST FOR AN ENTRY-LEVEL MUNI DRIVER.

SAY: SOME OF US ARE DRIVING MORE THAN 20 YEARS. SAY: WE DO NOT DESERVE THIS.

CABBIES HELPING CABBIES (C.H.C.)”

Bon Courage, hacks!

Popular San Francisco ID Card Program Has People Lining Up at 7:00 AM

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

This was the scene recently in front of San Francisco’s City Hall at 7:00 AM, an hour before opening. 

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It seems the City’s ID Card program is proving popular.

How to Get Your Official San Francisco ID Card, Program Kicks Off Today

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

First of all, if you’re asking yourself how on Earth you could possibly use one of these cards, then don’t worry about this whole program, as it’s not really for you. Moving on…

Here’s the procedure for getting a card.  And here’s where you can use it. Oakland-based Capture Technologies says that these $15 cards are “protected from forgery, fraud, tampering or alteration.” Are they really harder to tamper with than your driver license from the DMV? Who knows.  

Anyway, deets after the jump.

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