Guild, AP meet briefly, discuss TU contract proposal

NMG president Martha Waggoner works in caucus room with chief negotiator Kevin Keane and bargainer Pat Turley on July 23, 2013. (photo by Don Ryan)

NMG president Martha Waggoner works in caucus room with chief negotiator Kevin Keane and bargainer Pat Turley on July 23, 2013. (photo by Don Ryan)

Bargainers with the News Media Guild and the Associated Press met briefly Tuesday to discuss the union’s proposals for the technology unit.

The proposals are almost identical, including on increased wages and better benefits. The Guild said technicians want to know which certifications they should get in the future to improve their job security.

AP vice president Jessica Bruce said the company will have a proposal on certifications.

 

Bargainers for both the union and the company spent most of the day in separate caucus rooms researching various issues.

The teams did agree on certain days to delve deeply into issues, including the week of Aug. 5 for photographers and expenses and the week of Aug. 12 for technician issues and questions on the use of business systems policy.

Members of the Guild’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee will meet with the company Aug. 20 to discuss issues raised by female photographers. The committee members are Russell Contreras of Albuquerque, N.M.; Nigel Duara of Portland, Ore; and Barbara Rodriguez of Des Moines. Guild President Martha Waggoner will chair that meeting.

The two teams also are planning a day to bargain in Washington, D.C. That date has not been set. The Guild bargaining team will meet with Washington staffers before that bargaining day to hear their concerns.

Both bargaining teams will take Wednesday as a research day and return to the bargaining table Thursday.