Guild, AP discuss job security

WASHINGTON — The News Media Guild again told The Associated Press that employees in small bureaus are entitled to greater job security. The union also raised concerns Tuesday about recalls, saying employees should have rights that extend behind their business location.

During the meeting in Washington, D.C., the Guild previewed a proposal that would allow more employees to get video and other professional training. The Guild’s proposal, which will be presented fully Dec. 3, would involve CWA/Nett Academy, a nationally recognized training program managed by the Guild’s parent union. The training offers benefits for employees and substantial savings for the company.

Guild President Tony Winton expressed disappointment over the company’s failure to use voluntary buyouts as a way to avoid layoffs. The union also called on Associated Press to ensure that employees are aware of their union representation rights at disciplinary or investigatory meetings. Many people are unaware that they must request a representative rather than such help being an automatic right.

 The union also sought to address job security issues in the area of stringer use and training.

Negotiators will meet Wednesday with a union consultant on health insurance and will bargain those issues Friday. Bargaining resumes Thursday morning.

 The two sides also discussed scheduling and vacation issues in the Washington bureau. Shop steward Jim Militello will report to the bureau on the status of those discussions.

 The union also set Dec. 2 as the date to discuss job security in small bureaus and evaluations. The bargainers will be joined at the table by Vicki Smith, Mike Rubinkam and Geoff Mulvihill for the job security discussion and by Militello, Linda Johnson and others on evaluations.

In addition to Winton, those representing the union at the table were: Kevin Keane, Martha Waggoner, John Braunreiter, Vin Cherwoo, Don Ryan,  Militello and attorney Barbara Camens.

Representing the AP at the table Tuesday were: Michelle Ehrlich, Kristin Gazlay, Kevin Roach, Carole Feldman, Alison Quan, Montrese Garner-Sampson and attorney Steve Macri.

WASHINGTON — The News Media Guild again told The Associated Press that employees in small bureaus are entitled to greater job security. The union also raised concerns Friday about recalls, saying employees should have rights that extend behind their business location.

During the meeting in Washington, D.C., the Guild previewed a proposal that would allow more employees to get video and other professional training. The Guild’s proposal, which will be presented fully Dec. 3, would involve CWA/Nett Academy, a nationally recognized training program managed by the Guild’s parent union. The training offers benefits for employees and substantial savings for the company.

Guild President Tony Winton expressed disappointment over the company’s failure to use voluntary buyouts as a way to avoid layoffs. The union also called on Associated Press to ensure that employees are aware of their union representation rights at disciplinary or investigatory meetings. Many people are unaware that they must request a representative rather than such help being an automatic right.

The union also sought to address job security issues in the area of stringer use and training.

Negotiators will meet Wednesday with a union consultant on health insurance and will bargain those issues Friday. Bargaining resumes Thursday morning.

The two sides also discussed scheduling and vacation issues in the Washington bureau. Shop steward Jim Militello will report to the bureau on the status of that bargaining.

The union also set Dec. 2 as the date to discuss job security in small bureaus and evaluations. The bargainers will be joined at the table by Vicki Smith, Mike Rubinkam and Geoff Mulvihill for the job security discussion and by Jim Militello, Linda Johnson and others on evaluations.

In addition to Winton, those representing the union at the table were: Kevin Keane, Martha Waggoner, John Braunreiter, Vin Cherwoo, Don Ryan,  Militello and attorney Barbara Camens.

Representing the AP at the table Tuesday were: Michelle Ehrlich, Kristin Gazlay, Kevin Roach, Carole Feldman, Alison Quan, Montrese Garner-Sampson and attorney Steve Macri.