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Associated Press Journalists Opt for “Byline Boycott” Over Pensions

Associated Press staff journalists have opted for a “Byline Boycott” after negotiations between AP and the News Media Guild failed to reach agreement on pensions and medical cover.

Staff at the news media giant have removed the AP credit from photos and stories and are wearing red in protest at plans to reduce benefits and wages.

About 1,200 AP employees in the USA are represented by the News Media Guild, a local of The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America. The union represents reporters, writers, editors, broadcast staff, technology employees and business office employees.

The NMG had an actuary model pension savings to rival the number given by AP during negotiations which wrangled over the cost of maintaining the current pension plan. Estimates for savings ranged from $9.6 million to $31.5 million over 5 years, according to the NMG.

Representing the Guild were Tony Winton, Martha Waggoner, John Braunreiter, Vin Cherwoo, Don Ryan, administrator Kevin Keane and actuaries Karen Zangara and Rich Hudson of Cheiron.

Representing the AP were: Michelle Ehrlich, Sue Gilkey, Kristin Gazlay, Carole Feldman, Alison Quan, Hilda Auguste, attorney Steve Macri and actuaries Doris Kurash and John Rodgers of Mercer.

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