BARGAINING: Guild says managers supervising fewer than three people should be in unit

The News Media Guild and Associated Press continued talks Wednesday on contract negotiations, with the Guild telling AP that some managers who supervise fewer than three people should be part of the bargaining unit.

Both sides also met Tuesday and held off-the-records talks about job security. AP has proposed significant changes to the current job security language, while the Guild is calling for more training in the event of a layoff.

The Guild and AP will meet again Thursday to discuss job security, news associates and AP’s proposed social media and ethics policy.

Representing the Guild on Wednesday were: Jill Bleed of Little Rock, Vin Cherwoo of New York Sports, technician Dave Herron of Seattle and Guild administrator Kevin Keane.

Representing the AP on Wednesday were: attorney Steve Macri; Keisa Caesar, human resources generalist and project manager; and Jean Maye, human resources director.

Also Tuesday, Guild members in Washington surprised AP management and others who were attending a dinner that coincided with the ASNE-APME-APPM conference. The Guild members handed out leaflets and held signs outside of the restaurant where the dinner was taking place. See more on the Guild’s website here.