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Guild and AP begin negotiations for a new contract

As negotiating for a new contract began Monday, the News Media Guild bargainers proposed a three-year agreement with annual 6 percent raises, along with provisions to improve job security, retirement and health benefits and protect against work speedups.

“Guild-covered employees were pleased to hear CEO Gary Pruitt say at his town halls that the Associated Press is doing well financially, and we’re glad the company is on solid ground,” said Martha Waggoner, chair of the bargaining committee, in her opening remarks.

NMG negotiators Pat Turley (foreground) and Don Ryan at work after first day of bargaining, July 22, 2013.

NMG negotiators Pat Turley (foreground) and Don Ryan at work after first day of bargaining, July 22, 2013.

The employees want to share in that financial picture, with higher pay and better benefits, she said. Continue reading