In a late October meeting with the Guild Bargaining Committee (pictured during a break in talks), Reuters representatives "had almost nothing to say about the issues we’ve told them are of paramount concern – job security, medical benefits and restoring differentials. The meeting confirmed what we already knew from their proposals: management has little regard for Guild members," the local reports. For instance, "On the vitally important topic of job security, management had no response to the Guild’s efforts to learn exactly how much the company relies on stringers and contract workers. In our previous session, the Guild spent a significant amount of time discussing management’s extensive use of “permalancers,” stringers and subcontractors, a practice that undercuts the integrity of our work. It transfers work from Guild members to people who are paid less, get none of our contract’s benefits and protections, and have no real connection to the company. It is critical to protecting our employment security, and it may be a violation of the law."