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BARGAINING: AP agrees to revise social media and ethics proposal

The Associated Press on Monday agreed to revise its proposed social media and ethics proposal after hearing concerns from the News Media Guild bargainers, who said the company’s initial plan was too far-reaching.

Both sides met Monday as bargaining resumed in Washington, D.C. The AP agreed to keep in place its existing social media policy, with a few minor changes to eliminate redundant language. The new proposal will be posted at www.newsmediaguild.org later Monday.

 Also Monday, the Guild told the AP that it’s reviewing the company’s counter-proposal to increase paid parental leave from one week to four weeks paid. Upon questioning from the Guild, the company said the paid parental leave could be taken within the first 12 months of the birth or adoption of a child.

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.

Guild bargainers were also greeted Monday by about 20 members of the Washington staff, who held signs outside the AP building that read “AP’s health care proposal is enough to make you sick” and “We stand with our negotiators to get us a #fairapcontract.” The bargaining team planned to meet later Monday night with unit members in Washington.

Bargaining resumes Tuesday, when both sides plan to discuss job security and the company’s proposal on transfers.