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AP and Guild Reach Tentative Agreement -- 2% Raise Coming

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AP and Guild Reach Tentative Agreement -- 2% Raise Coming

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The Associated Press and the News Media Guild reached tentative agreement Saturday on a new two-year contract that gives employees a 2 percent raise and spells out an orderly process for making job cuts should the company need to impose layoffs.

Subject to ratification by the union membership, the pay raise would be effective March 2, bringing the minimum weekly salary for an experienced newsperson to $1,193.40; the minimum weekly salary for an experienced technician would go to $946.04. In addition, employees would receive a lump sum payment of $500, less standard payroll withholding, at the start of the contract's second year. This payment, pro-rated for part-time employees, would not become part of base salary.

With the economy in a severe recession and assessments paid by many newspaper members being reduced, the AP and the union agreed on new contract language that would seek to minimize the disruption accompanying any reduction-in-force. The company agreed to seek volunteers, should it determine that was operationally feasible. …

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