Support Quality Journalism and AP Workers
  • Petitioned Tom Curley

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President and CEO, Associated Press
Tom Curley

Support Quality Journalism and AP Workers

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      News Media Guild

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June 2011

Victory

The world's largest news agency, the Associated Press, threatened to layoff workers if they didn't agree to deep salary cuts. There were months of downright hostile negotiations, despite journalists agreeing to cuts in benefits and no increase in wages.

But after the journalists' union organized for months and successfully recruited more than 9,000 supporters in all 50 states, they won a much more acceptable agreement.

 

Since October, journalists and other news workers at Associated Press have been bargaining for a new contract with the world's largest news agency. Although AP had four years of strong growth before the recession, and says it is headed to renewed growth this year, it wants deep cuts we believe are unjustified. 

AP workers, represented by the News Media Guild, have already made sacrifices to keep the not-for-profit healthy, accepting cuts in benefits in previous bargaining. And they haven't had a wage increase in two years. In this bargaining, workers proposed an innovative revision to our pension plan that would save AP up to $5 million, with risk safeguards the company sought. But AP won't budge, and instead is proposing sharp increases in employee medical costs.

AP is also refusing to budge on improving its diversity in hiring, after it unilaterally decided to put its minority journalist program -- a program that helped bring diversity to the journalism workforce of tomorrow -- on hiatus for a year with no promise that it will return. 

As journalists who cover America and the world, we're proud to be part of AP's 150+ year tradition of fact-based, fast and accurate reporting -- proved once again during the Tucson tragedy, where we maintained our verification standards and did not incorrectly report that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had died in the attack.

If you support the men and women of AP, and their quality reporting that you can trust, then please sign our petition asking management to accept sensible proposals to protect the business AND the workers.

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    1. Associated Press workers approve contract, pension freeze

    2. The News Media Guild tells us a number of things still need to be ironed out with the AP

    3. AP comes to an agreement with the union News Media Guild

    4. AP Threatens to Fire Workers Over Labor Negotiations

      It seems the negotiations between the Associated Press (AP) and the News Media Guild, the union that represents the APs journalists and other staff, have gone from stalemate to downright hostile.
      The two sides have disagreed about various issues,...

    5. AP union: Managers are threatening mass layoffs if proposals aren’t accepted

    6. video: AP workers protest labor contract in US

    7. Reached 9 signatures
    8. AP Journalists Plan a Week of Action Ahead of Annual Meeting

      As the Associated Press (AP) gears up for its Annual Meeting in New York this week, the News Media Guild, which represents AP reporters and workers, is gearing up for an exciting week of activism that they hope will break the long standing stalemate...

    9. AP Rallies Lead to Progress in Negotiations

      Negotiations between the Associated Press (AP) and its journalists and other workers are slowly making progress. That is due in part to a day of action by the News Media Guild (the union that represents the workers) that saw rallies at 25 city...

    10. New video posted of rallies in 25 U.S. cities in support of quality journalism:

    11. More than 100 come the Newseum in Washington DC to urge news consumers to support the men and women at associated press. Visitors were given a list of AP "exhibits" in the museum and were urged to check them out -- and help defend quality journalism. See the video:

    12. ‪Associated Press Guild Members: We Believe‬ (original video, in case anyone missed it)

    13. Solidarity! AFTRA Throws Weight Behind AP Workers

      The word Solidarity is thrown around the labor movement a lot.
      It means supporting your fellow workers; it means standing up for those in need; it means coming together and standing united; it means strength. But more than anything, it is the idea...

    14. Reached 8 signatures
    15. nice cartooon video about the negotiations

    16. Video: Tony Winton, President of the News Media Guild, about the negotiations

    17. Reached 7 signatures
    18. AP Workers Make Some Progress in Negotiations

      Negotiations between news giant Associated Press (AP) and the News Media Guild, the union that represents AP's journalists and other staff, have been at something of a stalemate.
      The company, despite its strong financial position before the...

    19. American Federation of Television and Radio Artists supports AP workers' battle for fair contract, restoration of minority intern program.

    20. AP calls for federal mediator in all future talks, which resume February 28.

    21. Television and Radio pros issue statement of support. What a Valentine!

    22. Reached 6 signatures
    23. Guild, AP settle on leaves, part-timer rules, but make no progress on key pension issue. Union negotiators to meet with staff next week. Keep up to date here:

    24. Reached 5 signatures
    25. Guild, AP make limited progress in talks:

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    Reasons for signing

    • Devon Galloway NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      "There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity"

      -Michel De Montaigne

      If the AP is to stay committed to the goals of fact-based, unbiased, and accurate reporting, diversity is the key to that success. I hope the AP takes any means necessary to increase the differing perspectives of news stories, since their news is not read by a single group of people, but the entire world. There is no doubt that diversity will help the AP achieve its goals.

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    • LJ Frank DENVER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      Good luck Tony and all the pros who remain at AP.

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    • Max Waller PACOIMA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Sadly racism and bigotry are making a come back especially in the United States. People's true nature is coming out even with all the facts on hate social especially economic. It is almost as if the vision of George Orwell's novel "1984" is already happening and many prefer to stay ignorant or do nothing. Sadly I have family members who would rather appease than to do something. Never forget the courage of investigative journalists such as Edward R Murrow or Edward Roscoe Murrow, (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow; 25 April 1908 – 27 April 1965) Bob Ortega formerly of the New York Times who dared to write a book. Thorough and documented research is what journalist do. I also admire former US Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren(19 March 1891 – 9 July 1974) and Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall(2 July 1908 – 24 January 1993)

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    • Diane Kitchen LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Everyone in this country wants to work; is working but for far less than 10 years ago for much less, or has worked a lifetime and built a retirement fund that has been stolen from them. What is this country coming too--Now the wealth held by 5% of the country is concentrated in just 1%...how much is enough---do they want to bring back slavery?

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    • RaZa BuRgee VAN NUYS, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Brothers and Sisters, I'm sorry you are going thru but I suppost you WHOLEHEARTEDLY and pray for you. I am an AFTRA Member who appreciates what you do and realize that sometimes you are on dangerous ground.

      If we stand together, we'll win.

      Love,

      RaZ

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