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