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Re: “Oakland Tribune Editors Allegedly Told to Trick Reporters

I realize it's a near waste of time to get a real debate going here with somebody so one-sided as Gammon, but I'll try again.

Here's a comment I sent to Michael C., prexy of the SF News Guild
Hey Mike. I saw your blog wherein you extolled the virtues of the media guild.

Here are a few things that trouble me about this whole thing:

1. When the SF Guild capitulated to Frank Vega -- and capitulate is the right word -- it looks like you folks cleverly set up the non-editorial members of the Guild to be the fall guys and gals.

At that time, this is what you confirmed to me, for an item I was working on about the situation: The editorial members, at the time of that contract a few years ago, comprised the majority of the voting members.

And it was also interesting that the only job cuts, salary cuts, fell on non-editorial members. In fact, didn't the editorial members of the Guild get a small pay increase and avoid layoffs at the time?

Of course what you didn't say was that this was a carefully planned strategy by the Guild to cooperate with Mr. Vega to divide and conquer. Vega and the SF Guild knew that management could wring a majority vote out of the Guild if SFC execs spared editorial and let the meat ax fall disproportionately on the non-editorial work units.

Don't bother denying this. I've got friends who work at the SFC who can verify this theory. Even worse for you, it fits all of the available facts.

2. Why is it that the Guild was unable to get a pay raise for 3-4 years for the newspaper employees in Alameda County?

I've asked this question of a number of guild officials and allies. I haven't heard an answer yet, or at least something that would be considered an actual answer by a real journalist. Maybe you can do better.

And if you think I wrote this solely for your personal edification, Mike, feel free to believe that. This won't be the only place where I post this theory.

Now, if you want to set me straight, I'm sure you'll figure out how to get ahold of me.

As always, I have an open, inquiring -- and skeptical mind. It comes with our territory.

At face value, you've got a lot of explaining to do as you attempt to organize East Bay newspaper workers.

You want to comment, Gammon? I see you couldn't muster a response to my previous comments about the nefarious actions of the Guild. Maybe you'd like to discuss how the Guild sold a lot of S.F. Chronicle workers don't the river.

Posted by George on 11/14/2007 at 6:30 PM

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