But the Guild has reached an agreement on a new contract with Reuters and with the Associated Press. The deal was announced on Dec. 22. I have not found any votes ratifying the deals.
The negotiations with the Reuters management had been at times vitriolic. When I took a group of Business Reporting students to the Reuters office in New York, we were greeted with reporters in the newsroom saying “Go to med school” and “Go to law school” to the students, and with screen savers on their computers that said, “Indentured servants.” In addition, they were all wearing their red union T-shirts as a sign of solidarity.
The Reuters reporters will receive annual wage increases of 3 percent for 2005 through 2008, as well as retroactive increases prior to 2005.
The AP story about the new agreements can be read here.