The Associated Press assured News Media Guild technicians Wednesday that the company has no plans for further reductions in their ranks.
In response to a question from NMG bargainer John Braunreiter, a former technician who now works in customer support, the AP said the technical staff is “very stable at this point.” The AP said the company has kept the people with skill sets it needs and doesn’t want to lose.
About two years, the company told some technicians to expect layoffs in about 18 months. That time came and went with no further layoffs.
Several technicians moved to customer support jobs, and the AP said that helped eliminate the need for those layoffs. 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 on Thursday presented the Associated Press with a counterproposal on the technicians’ contract that includes pay raises of 5 percent, 5 percent and 6 percent over three years.
The Guild proposed that the contract expire March 1, 2014, with the first 5 percent raise going into effect Dec. 1, 2010. Five percent would effective Dec. 1, 2011, and 6 percent on Dec. 1, 2012. Continue reading
The News Media Guild on Tuesday proposed changes to the contract for technicians at The Associated Press, including the same 6 percent annual pay raise sought for editorial unit employees and more certifications for which the techs could earn more money. 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