Saunders, the Chronicle's conservative columnist, says on the Facebook page:
- "I am probably the last person Chronicle readers would expect to see standing up for a union.
- "It is not realistic to expect the staff here to work harder every month, for less compensation; it isn't whining to note that we produce more work while being paid for fewer hours. ... Everyone who works for this paper has made adult concessions to make the paper the solid read it is.
Negotiations began in May 2010. The current labor agreement expired June 30, 2010, but the parties agreed to extend all terms while talks are under way. Interim negotiations in February-March 2009 produced an agreement to amend the current contract. The Guild agreed to concessions at that time in order to avoid the threatened sale or shutdown of the Chronicle. The current labor talks are intended to reach agreement on a successor contract to replace the current agreement as amended.
Guild, Local 39521, represents about 250 employees at The Chronicle in editorial, advertising, circulation, marketing, creative services, customer service, finance and ad production departments.