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Guild members in New York City meet with bargainers

News Media Guild members based in New York City met with the Guild’s bargainers to show support for the team and express their priorities and concerns for contract negotiations.
Bargainers Jill Bleed of Little Rock, Vin Cherwoo of New York Sports and technician Dave Herron of Seattle met Monday with members of the New York staff near the AP’s new headquarters downtown. New York City shop steward Stephanie Nano arranged the meetup.
Members told the bargainers that wages, better training and health insurance are top priorities for bargaining, along with job security.
“I know it will be a long haul,” said Beth Harpaz, a Guild member in New York City. “I’m especially grateful to those negotiators coming into New York City for long periods away from home and family. We had a good chat about the positive impact that some of the new proposals _ such as the ability to use our own sick days to care for dependents and expanding parental leave _ would have on staffers and on the workplace in general.
Bargaining resumed Tuesday. 

Book on Hillary Clinton’s
1st campaign by
Guild member
Beth Harpaz
reissued as ebook

Beth Harpaz' book on Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign was reissued as an ebook.Hillary Clinton is up in the polls, she’s down in the polls … She’s a feminist, she’s an enabler … Women love her, women hate her.

Sound familiar?

That’s not a description of the 2016 presidential campaign, though. It’s a description of the 2000 Senate race in NY, which Beth Harpaz covered for AP and wrote a book about called “The Girls in the Van.”

“The Girls in the Van” has just been reissued as an ebook by The AP as part of the company’s new publishing venture. (The company is looking for existing content that can easily be repurposed in book form; Harpaz’s book was originally published in 2001 by St. Martin’s Press, before ebooks existed, but it was out of print, and she was looking for a way to bring it back in a digital format.)

A new first chapter, afterword and introductions to each chapter have been added to put the book in the context of the 2016 presidential race. Former AP writer Beth Fouhy, who covered Hillary Clinton in 2008 and is now at MSNBC, wrote a blurb for the book, and AP political correspondent Lisa Lerer, who covers Hillary Clinton now, wrote a preface. Anecdotes scattered throughout the book offer familiar names from across AP, then and now, from Guild member Frank Eltman, who covers Long Island, N.Y., for AP, to the late Sam Boyle, New York bureau chief at the time.

Beth Harpaz, now AP's Travel Editor, is a longtime a Guild member.

Beth Harpaz, now AP’s travel editor, is a longtime Guild member.

The title of the book refers to the classic book “The Boys on the Bus,” about the 1972 Nixon-McGovern campaign, when nearly everyone in the press corps and on the politicians’ staffs were men.


Harpaz’s book looked at, among other things, the many women assigned to cover Hillary’s 2000 campaign for the U.S. Senate in New York, and the fact that Clinton’s staff also had a large number of women. Politico alluded to Beth’s book in 2015 with a story called “The women in the van,” about the nearly all-female press corps covering Hillary this time.

Harpaz’s book was written before Twitter, YouTube and other social media existed, in an era when the only insider accounts about campaigns were in book form.

She captures the humor, tedium, pressure and occasional absurdity that goes along with covering high-profile political figures. She also writes about the challenges of being a working mother who juggled her beat with raising two small children (and how that led her to have an extended public conversation with Clinton one day about potty training that was captured on video and aired on WCBS News).

The ebook is available on Amazon/Kindle, iBooks for iPhone and B&N’s Nook.