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Byline Strike At The AP

by | 16th, December 2008

A BYLINE. They get a byline? Get a wesbite, already:

Journalists and photographers at the US news agency the Associated Press (AP) are withholding their bylines to protest management’s stance in contract talks, their union said.

“Staffers recognize the tough times, but they also understand that quality journalism at AP means attracting and retaining the best employees,” Tony Winton, president of the News Media Guild, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Guild said AP reporters and photographers were withholding bylines and personal equipment “in protest over the news agency’s proposals that would threaten job security, dramatically raise medical costs, and freeze wages.”

“They’re making it clear that AP’s future success means respecting its workers, not imposing huge medical costs and regressing on industry-standard job security terms,” Winton said.

In a statement, the AP said its “proposals to the Guild are rooted in the desire to assure that we can maintain the maximum number of quality journalism jobs, and that these positions are compensated fairly and in accordance with the realities of today’s economic challenges.

“We’re hopeful that we’ll reach agreement on these critical issues.”

A CRAP one


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