The Associated Press has sent the News Media Guild notice that it is terminating its expired contract with its employees on Dec. 5, 2013.
Here’s how this works. When an expired contract is terminated, the National Labor Relations Act requires the company to honor the status quo terms and conditions of the existing contract until an agreement or impasse is reached. (More in impasse later in this post).
For example, AP cannot on Dec. 6 enact its health insurance, forced transfer, reduced dismissal pay proposals or any other proposals. It cannot adopt new policies that affect terms and conditions of employment without providing advance notice to the union so it can decide if it wants to negotiate. In the event of a staff reduction, AP must honor seniority and issue notice and severance pay. Continue reading