Bargaining with The Associated Press resumes Wednesday in New York, with a second session scheduled for Thursday.
Indianapolis staffers reject AP's proposal to let it force transfers onto workers or cut their job.
At the same time, staff around the country are focusing their protests this week on the company’s forced transfers proposal, a thinly veiled attempt to gut job security. It would allow AP to make employees move to any domestic bureau it chooses. Employees refusing would be out of a job.
Chicago staffers oppose AP's forced transfers proposal.
Staffers have been posting on their Twitter and Facebook accounts messages rejecting the proposal. Some have gathered for photos, giving a big thumbs-down amid piles of luggage.
Staffers in Columbia, S.C. -- Susanne Schafer, Meg Kinnard and Jeffrey Collins -- have their luggage packed since AP wants to forcibly transfer staffers.
The News Media Guild is pushing for an affordable increase in health care premiums and out-of-pocket costs, as well as keeping spouses on the plan and not penalizing staffers who can’t meet stringent health quotas. The union also wants increased job security and protection against outsourcing, workload limits, a good raise, better shift differentials and increased life insurance, among other unresolved issues.
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