The Related Press (AP) Information Guild introduced Sunday it has struck a take care of administration on a three-year contract after 19 months of negotiations that culminated in a last end-of-year push.
“This announcement follows rounds of intense discussions with the corporate during the last two weeks, culminating in much more intense discussions during the last two days. Our efforts have been backed by robust member strain via social media, petitions and emails to AP executives,” the union mentioned in an announcement.
The deal consists of $1,500 bonuses and raises of two.75 p.c, 2.75 p.c and three.5 p.c over the following three years — on prime of the 4 p.c from final 12 months.
It consists of pathways for everlasting employment for long-term non permanent employees, financial differentials for an expanded checklist of high-priced cities and protections in opposition to the “riskier facets” of synthetic intelligence, in keeping with the union’s assertion.
For well being care issues, the deal ensures no well being care will increase for the lifetime of the contract; it will increase paid parental go away to 14 weeks for everybody, plus a further 4 weeks for these adopting or utilizing a surrogate. The deal consists of “improved” infertility companies and protection for journey “to acquire healthcare not out there close by.”
On Friday, greater than 200 AP workers despatched a letter to administration demanding a proposal that they argued would pay them pretty. By Friday, the AP had supplied a 2.5 p.c elevate over three years and a $2,000 bonus. The preliminary provide was a 2 p.c elevate over three years, in keeping with the guild.
The settlement comes simply days after The Washington Submit struck a take care of administration after greater than 700 staffers walked off the job and protested the newspaper for a day, calling on the administration to “discount in good religion.”
The Hill has reached out to The Related Press media contacts for remark.
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