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EFE Proposal is “Take and Take”

MIAMI, May 1, 2013 – EFE News Services Inc. introduced a new set of economic proposals this week calling for large increases in employee out-of-pocket monthly health insurance payments and cutting its retirement contribution by 25 percent. The Guild also questioned the company’s proposal on non-discrimination language and a proposal for unlimited interns.

Wage and Benefit Cuts

The company is now insisting on steep increases in medical premiums – as much as 19% in 2013 and nearly 24% in 2014. The proposals given to the Guild are deeper than EFE’s prior proposal of a 15% reduction in medical premium costs.

That’s on top of proposals to cut staff salary by up to 9% of salary after five years of a wage freeze. Under EFE’s new proposal, the lowest paid employees would have wages frozen for two more years instead of a wage cut.

“Normally, contract negotiations are give and take,” said Tony Winton, the Guild’s chief negotiator. “With these proposals, EFE seems intent on pursuing a ‘take and take’ stance,” he said. Continue reading

EFE Proposes Another Wage Freeze

WASHINGTON — The EFE News Service on Tuesday proposed an additional year of a wage freeze for its U.S. workers, saying that economic conditions remain difficult for the Madrid-based news agency.

Workers at EFE have already had wages frozen since 2008. The Guild had proposed a five percent wage increase to make up for lost ground, and to also close the gap between wages paid to “Spanish union” workers in the U.S. who perform the same work but are paid much more.

“We keep giving more to EFE, with new multimedia and video products and longer and longer hours, but EFE isn’t responding in kind,” said Jorge Bañales, the Guild’s unit chair. “If EFE wants quality journalism in the Spanish language, it needs to appreciate its staff,” he said. Continue reading