Guild questions AP on intern program

The News Media Guild on Monday questioned The Associated Press about media reports that the company has decided to end the internship program.

The Guild asked the company for a list of all AP employees who participated in the internship program. Chief negotiator Kevin Keane also asked the AP how much the company would save if it shut down the program.

“The Guild wants to know if the company plans to close the program because if it is, the Guild wants to bring participants to the table to talk about how it helped them,” said Martha Waggoner, bargaining committee chair.

The Guild and company also reviewed jobs that the union believes have been misclassified as managerial.

The Guild meets Wednesday with its pension consultants. On Thursday, Guild members will come to the table to discuss job security in small bureaus and the evaluation process. A  representative from the Communications Workers of America will discuss a Guild training proposal with the company Friday.

In addition to Keane and Waggoner, others representing the Guild were: John Braunreiter, Vin Cherwoo and Don Ryan.

Representing the AP were: Michelle Ehrlich, Kristin Gazlay, Sue Gilkey, Alison Quan, Hilda Auguste and attorney Steve Macri.