BARGAINING: Guild, AP discuss job security

The News Media Guild and The Associated Press met Tuesday in Washington for off-the-record discussions about job security.

The union and AP also discussed the company’s response to sexual harassment complaints in the workplace in light of Michael Oreskes’ resignation last week from NPR. Oreskes worked at AP from 2008 until 2015.

The AP reiterated Tuesday that any employee can confidentially file a report through the company’s Integrity Hotline, and said there will be no retaliation against the complainant.

The bulk of Tuesday’s negotiations discussions were off-the-record. Bargaining resumes Wednesday.

Representing the Guild were Jill Bleed of Little Rock, Vin Cherwoo of New York Sports, technician Ed Morsett of Denver and Guild administrator Kevin Keane.

Representing the AP were Montrese Garner-Sampson, regional HR manager; Jessica Bruce, senior vice president for human resources and corporate communications; Steve Macri, AP’s attorney; Jean Maye, human resources director; and Brian Carovillano, managing editor.