According to the 1010 WINS Web site, the proposed
nearly nine months of
negotiations. Union negotiators said they would recommend
guild members OK the contract, which provides for wage
and benefit improvements, including the addition of
domestic partner health coverage. The contract replaces
one that expired November 30, 2002.
The agreement calls for wage increases that would raise salaries for top-scale journalists over the life of the contract by $91.50 weekly to $1,070: $26.50 in the first year, $30 in the second year and $35 in the final year. The second- and third-year increases would be effective on December 1, 2003 and December 1, 2004.
Under the contract, the AP also would increase its contributions to employee 401(k) plans, offer enhanced vision care and orthodontic benefits and limit the amount by which employee health insurance contributions could rise during each of the first two years.
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