NMG sets regional meetings to train mobilizers for bargaining

Every bargaining year, the News Media Guild holds regional meetings to prepare for contract talks with The Associated Press.

These meetings, also called sectionals, are vitally important in developing our bargaining priorities and strategies. They allow members from across the country to share experiences, problems and solutions.

Every bureau or state should send a delegate to the meeting. The Guild will reimburse those members for travel, meals and lodging expenses.

Previous meeting participants have rated the sessions as very useful, informative and stimulating, so don’t miss out!

Staffers flying in will arrive on Friday evening and leave Sunday afternoon.

There will be two weekend meetings, which are open to staffers in those cities as well:

_Los Angeles, June 7, 8 and 9.

_Washington, D.C., June 14, 15 and 16.

One delegate is invited from each state unless specified differently below. Locations with regional hubs should try to select a delegate from the hub operation as well as a delegate representing non-hub staffers to attend the meetings.

Eastern Sectional: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida (2 delegates), Georgia (2), Illinois (2), Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine-Vermont , Maryland, Massachusetts-Rhode Island, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York City (2), New York State, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C. (2), West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Western Sectional: Alaska, Arizona (2), Arkansas, California (2 outside Los Angeles), Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas-Missouri, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas (2), Utah, Washington (2) and Wyoming.

Guild President Martha Waggoner, 1st Vice President Linda Johnson, who will serve as our mobilizer, and Kevin Keane, the union’s administrator, will attend the meetings.

Contact the Guild office at 212-869-9290 or e-mail Keane at kkeane@newsmediaguild.org once the delegate is chosen or if you have questions.

The union’s contract with the Associated Press expires on Aug. 31, 2013.