The Associated Press has just advanced contract language requiring Guild-covered staffers to make their personal vehicle available for business use at any time the company wishes and to sign affidavits in which they’d have to disclose private information unrelated to doing their job.
Employees who declined to sign the “voluntary” vehicle-use agreement, or who did sign it but later failed to notify their manager of any changes in their circumstances within two business days, would not be eligible for reimbursement for business mileage or other costs of using their auto.
The proposal would take away auto use fees that staffers currently receive when they are on an out-of-town assignment, on vacation, on leave, absent or otherwise not working for the AP for more than seven straight days.
The agreement would be irrevocable for one year, after which the employee could get out of it only after providing six months’ written notice. Continue reading