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NMG members discuss staffing, workload concerns with AP at bargaining table

News Media Guild members told the Associated Press on Wednesday that its current staffing levels combined with unrealistic production standards have created a situation that it is unsustainable.

Jill Bleed, a breaking news staffer in Little Rock, Ark., and Vicki Smith, a solo correspondent in Morgantown, W.Va., joined Guild negotiators at the table to share workers’ concerns about workloads and staffing.

Bleed, who’s responsible for reports in Arkansas and Oklahoma, said bureaus have been told that rewritten member stories have more value than bylined stories. This, she said, “is a huge step back for staffers who take seriously what they do and care about their work.” Continue reading

Vicki Smith

VICKI SMITH, Morgantown, W. Va.

No one asked me to join the Guild. No one had to. When the  card  appeared in my mailbox, I signed it. I was a blue-collar  kid,  raised by a single mom in southwestern Pennsylvania.  I  saw firsthand  how important a good union is.

A union oppens doors, creating opportunity for people who want it. A union forces companies to obey the law, to stop discriminating, to pay people what they’re worth, and to improve quality of life with overtime, vacation, sick days and family leave.

A union helped my mother, Bernice DiEmidio, when she wanted to do more than wait tables. Continue reading