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Before you put together your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list, check our list of union-made in America food and other items that are essential to a traditional family Thanksgiving feast. Speaking of thanks, a big “thank you” to the Union Label and Service Trades Department (ULSTD), Union Plus and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411, for compiling their extensive catalogs of union-made products.
Here are some of the best union-made Thanksgiving eats and cookware from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM); Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers (GMP); Machinists (IAM); United Steelworkers (USW); and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

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Your paychecks for the pay period ending Nov. 21 should include the Guild-negotiated pay raise of 2 percent, retroactive to Sept. 25 when the tentative agreement was reached.
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A single dip of 2 percent, the amount of the negotiated pay raise for one week’s pay, also was deducted from checks in this pay period as allowed under Article 14, section 1 of the News Media Guild bylaws.

Guild-covered staffers will get two more pay raises during this three-year contract: 1.75 percent effective Nov. 15, 2015; and 1.5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2017. You’ll also get a lump sum payment of $500 on March 1, 2015; $300 on June 1, 2016; and $300 on Sept. 1, 2017.


Nominations and willingness-to-serve statements were received from the following candidates. Since they are unopposed, they are declared elected without opposition.

Executive Committee:
President – Martha Waggoner, Raleigh
1st Vice President – John Braunreiter, Milwaukee
Secretary-Treasurer – Vinay Cherwoo, New York sports
2nd Vice President – Barbara Rodriguez, Des Moines
3rd Vice President – Don Ryan, Portland, Ore.
4th Vice President – Steve Karnowski, Minneapolis
5th Vice President – Jill Bleed, Little Rock

Representative Assembly

AP Midwest – Carla Johnson, Chicago
AP Midwest Alternate – Lindsey Tanner, Chicago
AP New York (2 seats) – Rick Freeman, NY sports and Vickie Cacioppo, NY market tables
AP New York Alternate – Stephanie Nano, editor, science/medical desk
AP Photographers – Lynne Sladky, Miami
AP Photographers Alternate – Elaine Thompson, Seattle
AP South – Meg Kinnard, Columbia, S.C.
AP South Alternate – Carol Druga, Atlanta
AP Washington Area – Darlene Superville, Washington
AP Washington Area Alternate – Will Lester, Washington
AP Technology At-Large 1 – Dave Herron, Seattle
AP Technology At-Large 1 Alternate – Pat Turley, Chicago
AP Technology At-Large 2 – Ed Morsett, Denver
AP Technology At-Large 2 Alternate – Bobby Johnson, Chicago
An alternate assumes the delegate position on the RA when a vacancy occurs.
Nominations were not received for the delegate and alternate positions for the following regions: AP New York Alternate, AP Television, AP Broadcast, AP Northeast, AP Northwest, AP Southwest, AP West, EFE News Service and United Press International.
A new election will be conducted to fill those seats.
News Media Guild Elections Committee

After 15 months of bargaining, the News Media Guild and The Associated Press have reached a tentative agreement that includes pay raises, lump sum payments, higher health insurance costs and greater protections for news associates than the company originally proposed.

Pay raises of 2 percent, 1.75 percent and 1.5 percent, with lump sum payments of $500, $300 and $300 are included in the agreement. The raises are effective on Sept. 25, 2014; Nov. 15, 2015; and Jan.1, 2017, respectively, with the lump sums payable on March 1, 2015; June 1, 2016, and Sept. 1, 2017.

The AP rejected key Guild proposals, including modified Guild shop and clarification of independent contractor language. We pushed forced transfers off the table, along with an AP proposal to halve dismissal pay for 10 years for new hires. The company held fast to its proposal to kick working spouses and domestic partners off health insurance, although that doesn't take effect until 2017.

"The bargainers know that all your mobilizing actions last week helped push some of the worst proposals off the table," Guild President Martha Waggoner said. "It's not the contract we had hoped to get when negotiations began; however, the bargainers believe it's the best we can get at the table. It's up to members to decide whether they will support it."

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The plan designs for health insurance are big, including co-insurance for Guild-covered staffers for the first time and out-of-pocket maximums. Health insurance premiums, which had been static for six years, increase about 10 percent in 2015, 11 percent in 2016 and 10.8 percent in 2017, which our health consultant says is about on market trend.

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AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi

AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi

NMG member Rob Maaddi earned the AP Beat of the Week award last week for a huge scoop that shone a glaring light on the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.Maaddi, an AP pro football writer based in Philadelphoa, broke the story that league executives long ago were sent a graphic video showing the Ravens running back decking and knocking out then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February.

NFL execs repeatedly denied seeing that video but said they’d seen the viral video showing Rice dragging the unconscious Palmer out of an elevator after the attack.

Maaddi had gotten a law enforcement source to secretly show him the video from inside the elevator. That person, it turned out, told Maaddi that he had previously shared the more-brutal video, sending it to the NFL in April. The source let Maaddi repeatedly listen to a voicemail confirming receipt of the DVD _ from a number at NFL headquarters.

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