News Media Guild members based in New York City met with the Guild’s bargainers to show support for the team and express their priorities and concerns for contract negotiations.
Bargainers Jill Bleed of Little Rock, Vin Cherwoo of New York Sports and technician Dave Herron of Seattle met Monday with members of the New York staff near the AP’s new headquarters downtown. New York City shop steward Stephanie Nano arranged the meetup.
Members told the bargainers that wages, better training and health insurance are top priorities for bargaining, along with job security.
“I know it will be a long haul,” said Beth Harpaz, a Guild member in New York City. “I’m especially grateful to those negotiators coming into New York City for long periods away from home and family. We had a good chat about the positive impact that some of the new proposals _ such as the ability to use our own sick days to care for dependents and expanding parental leave _ would have on staffers and on the workplace in general.
Bargaining resumed Tuesday.