Associated Press writers are stepping up their fight for affordable healthcare benefits and fair contracts by omitting bylines from their articles Thursday.
Members of the News Media Guild are taking action against the AP's new health care proposals that the Guild says are largely unaffordable to most staffers.
— Barbara Rodriguez (@bcrodriguez) January 30, 2014
AP reporter Norma Love said that the company's new health plan is so strict that AP has instated a "forced transfer or be fired" policy.
Hoping AP drops forced transfer or be fired push, softens deep health care cost shift to staff as bargaining resumes. #fairAPcontract
— Norma Love (@APnlove) December 11, 2013
The hashtag #FairAPContract has spread across Twitter as journalists demand fair compensation and benefits.
No bylines on your AP stories today? We're fighting for a fair contract. #fairAPcontract
— Tammy Webber (@twebber02) January 30, 2014
— seth borenstein (@borenbears) January 30, 2014
— Norma Love (@APnlove) January 30, 2014
— Kristi Eaton (@KristiEaton) January 30, 2014
— Connie Cass (@ConnieCass) January 30, 2014
— The Honorable Dennis (@den_down_unda) January 30, 2014
Here is what we want: Affordable health benefits, some measure of job security and a #fairAPcontract
— Nigel Duara (@nigelduara) December 10, 2013
UPDATE: AP's director of media relations Paul Colford commented on the story to the Huffington Post in an email:
"The withholding of bylines today has been permissible under AP’s contract with the News Media Guild, as negotiations toward a new agreement continue."