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The Guild represents workers at The Associated Press, United Press International, and employees of the Spanish EFE News Service


Hey, AP: Don't kick working spouses and domestic partners off your health plan!




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Nominations and willingness-to-serve statements were received from the following candidates. Since they are unopposed, they are declared elected without opposition.

Executive Committee:
President – Martha Waggoner, Raleigh
1st Vice President – John Braunreiter, Milwaukee
Secretary-Treasurer – Vinay Cherwoo, New York sports
2nd Vice President – Barbara Rodriguez, Des Moines
3rd Vice President – Don Ryan, Portland, Ore.
4th Vice President – Steve Karnowski, Minneapolis
5th Vice President – Jill Bleed, Little Rock

Representative Assembly

AP Midwest – Carla Johnson, Chicago
AP Midwest Alternate – Lindsey Tanner, Chicago
AP New York (2 seats) – Rick Freeman, NY sports and Vickie Cacioppo, NY market tables
AP New York Alternate – Stephanie Nano, editor, science/medical desk
AP Photographers – Lynne Sladky, Miami
AP Photographers Alternate – Elaine Thompson, Seattle
AP South – Meg Kinnard, Columbia, S.C.
AP South Alternate – Carol Druga, Atlanta
AP Washington Area – Darlene Superville, Washington
AP Washington Area Alternate – Will Lester, Washington
AP Technology At-Large 1 – Dave Herron, Seattle
AP Technology At-Large 1 Alternate – Pat Turley, Chicago
AP Technology At-Large 2 – Ed Morsett, Denver
AP Technology At-Large 2 Alternate – Bobby Johnson, Chicago
An alternate assumes the delegate position on the RA when a vacancy occurs.
Nominations were not received for the delegate and alternate positions for the following regions: AP New York Alternate, AP Television, AP Broadcast, AP Northeast, AP Northwest, AP Southwest, AP West, EFE News Service and United Press International.
A new election will be conducted to fill those seats.
News Media Guild Elections Committee

After 15 months of bargaining, the News Media Guild and The Associated Press have reached a tentative agreement that includes pay raises, lump sum payments, higher health insurance costs and greater protections for news associates than the company originally proposed.

Pay raises of 2 percent, 1.75 percent and 1.5 percent, with lump sum payments of $500, $300 and $300 are included in the agreement. The raises are effective on Sept. 25, 2014; Nov. 15, 2015; and Jan.1, 2017, respectively, with the lump sums payable on March 1, 2015; June 1, 2016, and Sept. 1, 2017.

The AP rejected key Guild proposals, including modified Guild shop and clarification of independent contractor language. We pushed forced transfers off the table, along with an AP proposal to halve dismissal pay for 10 years for new hires. The company held fast to its proposal to kick working spouses and domestic partners off health insurance, although that doesn't take effect until 2017.

"The bargainers know that all your mobilizing actions last week helped push some of the worst proposals off the table," Guild President Martha Waggoner said. "It's not the contract we had hoped to get when negotiations began; however, the bargainers believe it's the best we can get at the table. It's up to members to decide whether they will support it."

For health insurance details, click here

The plan designs for health insurance are big, including co-insurance for Guild-covered staffers for the first time and out-of-pocket maximums. Health insurance premiums, which had been static for six years, increase about 10 percent in 2015, 11 percent in 2016 and 10.8 percent in 2017, which our health consultant says is about on market trend.

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AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi

AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi

NMG member Rob Maaddi earned the AP Beat of the Week award last week for a huge scoop that shone a glaring light on the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.Maaddi, an AP pro football writer based in Philadelphoa, broke the story that league executives long ago were sent a graphic video showing the Ravens running back decking and knocking out then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February.

NFL execs repeatedly denied seeing that video but said they’d seen the viral video showing Rice dragging the unconscious Palmer out of an elevator after the attack.

Maaddi had gotten a law enforcement source to secretly show him the video from inside the elevator. That person, it turned out, told Maaddi that he had previously shared the more-brutal video, sending it to the NFL in April. The source let Maaddi repeatedly listen to a voicemail confirming receipt of the DVD _ from a number at NFL headquarters.

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Mike Rubinkam

Mike Rubinkam

NMG members Mike Rubinkam and Patrick Whittle have won the past two Best of the States awards from the AP.

Rubinkam, the Allentown correspondent, won last week for his story on the 10th anniversary of casino gambling being legalized in Pennsylvania, which now ranks second in gross revenue behind Nevada.

Rubinkam examined years of tax revenue data to determine whether the 2004 claims of Gov. Ed Rendell and top state lawmakers that casino gambling would result in major relief from high school property taxes. He found that PA casino revenue has held down the growth of property taxes and eliminated them for poor seniors _ but hasn’t cut most homeowners’ tax bills. By crunching numbers from all 500 school districts, he found the average discount off tax bills was just $187 over five years.photo - Copy (3)

His story generated front-page play in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and four other newspapers, plus a number of editorials.

Patrick Whittle in Portland, Maine, won the week before for a story breaking the news that the Gulf of Maine _ the heart of the region’s billion-dollar-a-year lobster industry _ is warming faster than 99 percent of the oceans.

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Minneapolis rally with AP, Star Tribune guild members

Minneapolis rally with AP, Star Tribune guild members

Updated to note numerous additional protests held last week (in the story jump, all in bold).

AP staffers across the country are again protesting the company’s cheAP and anti-family contract proposals, including leafleting at dozens of public locations throughout the week.

From Miami to Olympia, Wash., Guild-covered workers have been passing out flyers detailing AP’s giveback commands and seeking public support. They’ve been leafleting in front of the offices of AP member newspapers and broadcasters, at state Capitols and other government buildings, outside AP bureaus and at other high-traffic public locations.

The latest round of protests coincides with the resumption Wednesday and Thursday of bargaining between the News Media Guild and The Associated Press – now in its 14th month.

Leafleting outside APME meeting in Chicago

Leafleting outside APME meeting in Chicago

Protests this week have included a big demonstration with protest signs and chanting in front of AP’s NYC base, leafleting outside the APME meeting in Chicago and a rally and leafleting at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where the paper’s own guild members joined the AP staffers.

At the Indianapolis leafleting event at the Capitol there, one NMG member discussed contract talks with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence after giving him a flier. Atlanta staffers leafleted for the third time in 10 days, at AP member WSB-TV, after passing out flyers on Sept. 8 and 9 at a city hotel where AP managers were meeting for a training session.

“Guild-covered staffers have been escalating their protests as bargaining stretches on. This clearly shows how much they oppose AP's anti-family demands, including kicking working spouses off AP's health insurance and the ability to force workers to transfer to another bureau -- on top of a raise that doesn't keep pace with inflation," said NMG President Martha Waggoner.

Rally opposite AP headquarters in Manhattan

Rally opposite AP headquarters in Manhattan

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