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BARGAINING: Cost of living increases to outpace AP wage proposal

Cost-of-living expenses are expected to easily outpace the salary increases proposed by The Associated Press, even before the company’s onerous health insurance increases are factored in.

A new cost-of-living calculator, created by Guild member and data journalist Justin Myers, is available below so members can see how they would be personally affected by the company proposal.

The company has proposed no salary increase in 2018 and instead a $1,000 lump sum. The company is also proposing 1.5 percent raises in 2019 and 2020.

News Media Guild bargainers met briefly Tuesday with The Associated Press negotiating team. Guild bargainers submitted revised proposals on additional departments and a union security clause. The Guild also pressed the AP on new management jobs that have been posted, and the company said that it does not intend to create new positions that would be excluded from the bargaining unit.

The Guild also told the AP it would present information next month in support of its proposal to add an economic differential for employees in Miami and Seattle.

Bargaining will resume March 13, when both sides will discuss job security.

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 Jean Maye, human resources director; Keisa Caesar, human resources generalist and project manager; and AP’s attorney Steve Macri.