SAN FRANCISCO -- A handful of newspaper carriers extended their picket line into a second day Monday and refused to deliver the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner in an effort to win higher pay.
Some 40 of the papers' 2,000 carriers, who also refused to deliver the San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, were involved in the picketing.
As a result of the walkout, on both days 13,000 subscribers received their papers late, said Stephen Johnson, vice president of circulation for both papers.
The carriers are independent contractors and not employees of either paper. Johnson said the papers already have hired about 10 replacements.
The Independent Delivery Carrier Association is asking for a 30 percent pay hike and a reduction in the weight of the newspapers, according to its picket-line literature.
The walkout came on the heels of a week-long stoppage by carriers at the San Jose Mercury News. They returned to work Friday after accepting a 12 percent pay raise.
Johnson characterized his paper's problems as a direct reaction to that walkout. The carrier association did not answer phone calls to the headquarters listed on its literature.
The joint paper's Sunday circulation was 579,000, according to a September 1999 audit by the Audit Bureau of Circulation.<