Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Friday, March 27, 2009

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fishwrap: Today's the Last Day for Many Chronicle Vets; 80 Staff Buyouts Confirmed and 100 Or More Anticipated

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 2:20 PM

click to enlarge rsz_thirty.jpg
Today at 4 p.m., San Francisco Chronicle staffers will cut a cake and lift a glass to the abrupt end of many of their careers. At least 80 union employees have accepted the paper's buyout offer and guild rep Carl T. Hall anticipates that number will easily grow to 100 or perhaps even 150 by the buyout offer's deadline day of March 31.

Hearst Corporation had expressed a desire to shed 150 union workers but "there's a chance they won't have to lay anyone off," noted Hall.

As noted in an earlier SF Weekly story, an ultimatum from the paper's pension plan -- unrelated to the recent hardball union negotiating and threats to shutter the Chron -- has spurred many of the paper's vets to take the buyout. Workers not handing in their badges by the end of the month will be ineligible for a lump sum pension payment and would have the funds deferred until their 65th birthdays.

"I couldn't not take the offer. The money wasn't the only issue, but it certainly was a factor," said departing Chron fashion editor Sylvia Rubin, a 31-year employee -- who added that today is the last day for "a lot of veteran reporters whose names you know."

One of those names: Carl T. Hall.

"I am applying for the paper's generous offer," he confirmed, with an ironic lilt in his voice. "I haven't done it yet. I will march in with a colleague with our arms locked in a suicide pact. And if either of us gets weak at the knees..." His voice trailed off.

Hall cleared his throat. "I have a bright future in the labor movement."

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Bio:
Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"