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NMG members protest as bargaining with AP hits 1-year anniversary

To mark the one-year anniversary of difficult contract talks with The Associated Press, staffers covered by the News Media Guild will participate in multiple protests Tuesday.

The News Media Guild has pushed for affordable health care and job security during a year of bargaining that began July 22, 2013, while the company continues to demand major concessions. Bargaining is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, July 22 and 23.

Union-covered staffers in dozens of bureaus from Honolulu to Portland, Maine, will participate in various protests to support NMG bargainers.

Guild-covered staffers in the Chicago bureau mark the one-year anniversary of bargaining by blowing out a candle on one cupcake.

Guild-covered staffers in the Chicago bureau mark the one-year anniversary of bargaining by blowing out a candle on one cupcake.


 NMG activists Linda Johnson, Bruce Shipkowski and Geoff Mulvihill blow out a candle as bargaining with The Associated Press reaches its one-year anniversary.

NMG activists Linda Johnson, Bruce Shipkowski and Geoff Mulvihill blow out a candle as bargaining with The Associated Press reaches its one-year anniversary.

Highlights include:

_ Writers and photographers across the country will hold a four-day byline and credit boycott, from 12:01 a.m. EDT Tuesday through 12:01 a.m. EDT Saturday. They have the contractual right to withhold their name from their work, and doing so en masse for days is a sacrifice meant to show AP they oppose its giveback demands.

_In bureaus and departments nationwide, as well as AP’s sports and photography national verticals, staffers are signing Happy Anniversary cards to their bosses and top AP management, rejecting the worst of AP’s current proposals and saying “it’s time for AP to start bargaining in good faith.”

_In New York City, NMG will hold a rally outside AP’s headquarters at 450 W. 33rd St., from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
_Staffers will wear their bright red Guild T-shirts and lanyards all day on July 22.
_They’ll take group photos for our social media and web sites (www.facebook.com/supportAPworkers, @NMGAP, www.newsmediaguild.org), with protest signs and messages about the anniversary. (Note prior protest photos are available there.)
And staffers will send Tweets/Facebook updates noting that AP is financially strong again, so it’s time to give staff a #fairAPcontract.

Staffers have done similar protests, with a couple of actions each time, every three weeks or so to coincide with bargaining sessions. They also sent Happy Labor Day cards to CEO Gary Pruitt, asking him for a fair deal, picketed outside AP’s New York headquarters in April, and sent petitions declaring the opposition to AP’s proposals.
AP’s proposals include shifting $8 million in health costs to employees, being able to force staffers to transfer to another location, halving severance pay for new hires, giving a below-inflation raise and creating a second-tier class of reporters called news associates.
The company is pushing hard for these cost-cutting measures even though it recently sold Stats Inc. for what sources have said was at least $100 million, all of which AP executives have said will go toward paying down the pension debt.
AP’s current offer would significantly reduce the living standard of its Guild-covered journalists, technicians and support staffers, who have all been working without a contract since the last one expired Nov. 30, 2013.
The News Media Guild represents more than 1,000 staffers at The Associated Press. NMG is part of The Newspaper Guild and Communications Workers of America.

Minneapolis celebrates Jeff Baenen’s 35th year with AP

News Media Guild member and Minneapolis newsman Jeff Baenen  celebrates his 35th anniversary with AP on Feb. 6.

 

Jeff Baenen and Jim Mone at Jeff's 35th anniversary party in February 2013.

Jeff Baenen and Jim Mone at Jeff’s 35th anniversary party in February 2013.

Among those joining in the congratulations was Minneapolis photographer and NMG member Jim Mone (right), who celebrated his 40th anniversary with AP on Nov. 1, 2012. Jeff has worn many hats over the years, including broadcast editor, videographer and arts and entertainment reporter. He joked that he’s now halfway to retirement.

Also included is a photo from Jim’s anniversary party of Jim and News Media Guild chair Steve Karnowski.

Jim Mone and Steve Karnowski

Jim Mone and Steve Karnowski

Jim, whose preference for casual dress is legendary, is wearing a tie that Steve gave him festooned with little Speed Graphic view cameras, which Steve bought for him at the Newseum. Minneapolis COB Michele Morgante had to tie it for him.

News Media Guild member and Minneapolis newsman Jeff Baenen  celebrates his 35th anniversary with AP on Feb. 6.

Among those joining in the congratulations was Minneapolis photographer and NMG member Jim Mone (right), who celebrated his 40th anniversary with AP on Nov. 1, 2012. Jeff has worn many hats over the years, including broadcast editor, videographer and arts and entertainment reporter. He joked that he’s now halfway to retirement.

Also included is a photo from Jim’s anniversary party of Jim and News Media Guild chair Steve Karnowski.

Jim, whose preference for casual dress is legendary, is wearing a tie that Steve gave him festooned with little Speed Graphic view cameras, which Steve bought for him at the Newseum. Minneapolis COB Michele Morgante had to tie it for him.