Guild presents training proposal to AP

The News Media Guild presented a training proposal Friday to The Associated Press, recommending that the company work with a union-supported program to train staffers in various areas, especially video.

The union proposed that the AP work with CWA/NETT Academy to train more AP staffers. Academy administrator Kevin Celata and trainer Jim Talluto told the AP that they could train staffers for about $500 a person by bringing all the equipment needed for video training to one venue.

They typically train about eight people at a time over three days, Talluto said, although they can train fewer.

Guild negotiators told AP they believe that training equals job security and they want more people trained at higher levels.  Company bargainers asked many questions but said they believed the program would be more costly than $500 a person for the AP because the company would still have to pay travel and lodging expenses for staffers who receive training.  

The Guild proposed that the AP pay 25 cents an hours for all hours worked by Guild-covered staffers. The money would go to the CWA National Education and Training Trust, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt training fund, and pay for each staffer to receive some sort of training annually.

With AP’s approval, each staffer could use up to $500 for training annually.

On Thursday, the Guild told the AP why it believes some jobs now deemed managerial or supervisory should be part of NMG.

Representing the Guild both days were: Tony Winton, Martha Waggoner, John Braunreiter, Vin Cherwoo, Don Ryan and administrator Kevin Keane.

Representing the AP were: Michelle Ehrlich, Carole Feldman, Alison Quan and attorney Steve Macri.