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NMG member Tamara Lush won last week’s AP Best of the States award for going deep inside the story of a 12-year-old Florida girl’s suicide to show the girl probably didn’t do it because of bullying on social media.

Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death last September, and the story got national play after the PolkCounty sheriff said the reason was face-to-face arguments and relentless bullying in cruel texts and other online messages.

Lush, the Tampa correspondent, led daily coverage while checking into the iffy bullying charges to see whether other troubles might have been behind the suicide. Months after making a public records request for the case investigation file, Lush received its contents, indicating the girl was upset by a breakup with her boyfriend, a troubled relationship with her father and fights between her mother and stepfather.

The Sedwick girl had once been involuntarily committed and was getting counseling, and her diary contained the word “suicidal” and mentions that she cut herself to “ease the pain.” There was little evidence of any recent bullying, giving Lush a great exclusive that wide play.

The Associated Press has proposed health insurance that includes lower premiums and a participant-based, rather than an outcome-based wellness plan.

The wellness plan means that staffers would have to participate in the plan by doing certain things, such as getting a biometric screening. Staffers who didn't participate would pay $50 a month more for health insurance. The AP originally proposed an outcome-based program where staffers would have had to meet certain markers for things such as cholesterol or pay $50 a month extra.

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The Associated Press on Thursday proposed a new dead-end editorial unit classification that would turn over newsperson work to a group of people with little experience who would work for no more than two years.

The new class of workers, called news associates, would do Class A news work in all formats for the state news report, including pickups, daybooks, editorial roundups and other work, along with filing photos and videos and captioning photos. The company said it needs a fixed-cost way to meet increasing demands with fewer EU staffers.

The AP said it would hire no more than 16 news associates at one time. They would work on the four regional desks.

Top-scale Class A employees now performing those chores and other news duties are now paid $1,250.99 a week.

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Bargaining with The Associated Press resumes Wednesday in New York, with a second session scheduled for Thursday.

Indianapolis staffers reject proposed forced transfers.

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 forced transfer proposal.

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.

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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The News Media Guild questioned The Associated Press on Wednesday about why the company laid off union-covered technicians while posting jobs for management-level jobs.

The company laid off 10 Guild-covered technicians more than two weeks ago. The company said that in addition, 18 technology unit managers have resigned since October and eight others were laid off.

AP, which posted six management jobs in the TU recently, said Thursday the company is "just trying to keep the lights on" by hiring for those positions.

Another reason for the layoffs was that the company learned outsourcing of TU jobs wasn't an option, the AP said.

In addition, the Guild turned over to the AP a letter signed by almost 600 staffers stating their support for the photographers, video journalists and others who get the weekly mileage allowance. The AP has proposed significantly reducing that reimbursement.

The AP and the Guild meet again Thursday to bargain.