Updated to note numerous additional protests held last week (in the story jump, all in bold).
AP staffers across the country are again protesting the company’s cheAP and anti-family contract proposals, including leafleting at dozens of public locations throughout the week.
From Miami to Olympia, Wash., Guild-covered workers have been passing out flyers detailing AP’s giveback commands and seeking public support. They’ve been leafleting in front of the offices of AP member newspapers and broadcasters, at state Capitols and other government buildings, outside AP bureaus and at other high-traffic public locations.
The latest round of protests coincides with the resumption Wednesday and Thursday of bargaining between the News Media Guild and The Associated Press – now in its 14th month.
Protests this week have included a big demonstration with protest signs and chanting in front of AP’s NYC base, leafleting outside the APME meeting in Chicago and a rally and leafleting at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where the paper’s own guild members joined the AP staffers.
At the Indianapolis leafleting event at the Capitol there, one NMG member discussed contract talks with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence after giving him a flier. Atlanta staffers leafleted for the third time in 10 days, at AP member WSB-TV, after passing out flyers on Sept. 8 and 9 at a city hotel where AP managers were meeting for a training session.
“Guild-covered staffers have been escalating their protests as bargaining stretches on. This clearly shows how much they oppose AP’s anti-family demands, including kicking working spouses off AP’s health insurance and the ability to force workers to transfer to another bureau — on top of a raise that doesn’t keep pace with inflation,” said NMG President Martha Waggoner.