Guild contract approved at AFP p.45

By: Editorial Staff AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE members of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild have ratified a new two-year contract that includes pay raises ranging to $96.55 weekly.
The contract, retroactive to Jan. 1, 1995, provides a four-day work week for shifts between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. and includes a provision for a mass transit allowance of up to $49.50 monthly and a long-term disability plan.
General salary increases are 3% last Jan. 1 and 2.6% next Jan. 1, with a cost-of-living clause that would raise salaries in the second year by the full amount of the Consumer Price Index if it goes up more than 2.8% in November 1995 over the same period in 1994, although it is capped at 6%.
The top weekly minimum for writers, editors, photographers and photo editors increased by $27.66 to $949.78 and will go up by at least $24.69 to $974.47 next year.
Technicians' salaries were boosted to a top minimum of $746.37, and are to increase at least $74.81 to $821.18 next year, when the salary progression schedule is lengthened. A sixth-year step was added to the salary schedule, and two job titles were added.
Among the other items covered in the new contract were the addition of an Exclusive Provider Organization under the medical insurance plan; an increase in the differential paid in lieu of overtime for out-of-town assignments, to 15% from 10%; four-week advance posting of work schedules; taxi and child care allowances; and employer sponsored seminars about the 410(k) plan.


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