AP proposes changes in TU certifications

The Associated Press proposed that the technology unit employees now receiving a weekly differential for having the MCSE certification keep that money as part of their base pay, but new TU staffers would not get the money.

The AP proposed the change during bargaining Tuesday with the News Media Guild. TU staffers now get $60 a week for the MCSE certification.

In order to retain the $35 payment for having the MCSA certification, the AP also proposed that techs upgrade to the MCITP/Server Administrator by June 1, 2012.

Responding to a Guild proposal, AP said it will pay $35 additional weekly for the following certifications:  Microsoft Office Specialist and/or Microsoft Enterprise Desktop support. Extra money for the certifications would increase to $140 weekly from the current $130 under the AP’s proposal.

The two sides also discussed jobs that the company says are managerial or supervisory that the Guild believes should be covered by the NMG contract.

Representing the Guild were: Tony Winton, Martha Waggoner, John Braunreiter and Kevin Keane.

Representing the AP were: Michelle Ehrlich, Kristin Gazlay, Alison Quan and Steve Macri.

The two sides are tentatively scheduled to meet again Friday to discuss the company’s proposal to freeze the pension.