A company proposal to eliminate the minimum mileage for Guild-covered employees would also affect weekly minimums for photographers, videographers, video journalists and some hybrid journalists, Associated Press bargainers said Monday.
Last week, the company proposed eliminating the minimum $15 mileage expense. News Media Guild bargainers asked Monday if that would “explode” contract language that gives photographers and others weekly expense of five times the daily minimum. The company said yes and that it expected to have a proposal soon.
The Guild asked the company to provide a cost savings estimate on the proposal. Continue reading →
NMG president Martha Waggoner works in caucus room with chief negotiator Kevin Keane and bargainer Pat Turley on July 23, 2013. (photo by Don Ryan)
Bargainers with the News Media Guild and the Associated Press met briefly Tuesday to discuss the union’s proposals for the technology unit.
The proposals are almost identical, including on increased wages and better benefits. The Guild said technicians want to know which certifications they should get in the future to improve their job security.
AP vice president Jessica Bruce said the company will have a proposal on certifications. Continue reading →
The News Media Guild proposed Monday the adoption of a duration and renewal clause, which calls for the contract with The Associated Press being made retroactive to the Nov. 30, 2010, expiration date if an agreement isn’t reached by then.
The AP announced when talks began that the contract wouldn’t be made retroactive should bargaining continue past Nov. 30. Continue reading →