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Associated Press reporter and Guild member Brett Zongker has found himself on the other side of the camera after the AP released the full video of his interview with Bill Cosby.

The AP released the full video about two weeks after Zongker interviewed Cosby and his wife, Camille, about their African-American art collection, some of which they had loaned to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
During the on-camera exchange Zongker asked Cosby about the allegations and he replies, “No, no. We don’t answer that.”

Cosby then requested that none of the questions and answers about the allegations appear anywhere. “I would appreciate it if it was scuttled,” Cosby said.

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El Paso correspondent and News Media Guild member Juan Carlos Llorca, whose reporting on illegal international adoptions led to national reforms in Guatemala, has died at age 40.

Llorca collapsed at his home Monday in El Paso, Texas, and was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, his sister said. The cause of his death is pending.

AP El Paso correspondent Juan Carlos Llorca smiles during a press conference in Guatemala City. Llorca died Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo by Moises Castillo)

AP El Paso correspondent Juan Carlos Llorca smiles during a press conference in Guatemala City. Llorca died Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo by Moises Castillo)

Llorca spent years reporting on illegal international adoptions in Guatemala, becoming one of the first journalists to uncover a smuggling trade in which infants were placed for adoption with unsuspecting couples, mostly from the United States.

Llorca became AP's correspondent in El Paso, Texas, in 2011. In addition to covering Mexico's drug war and the border town of Ciudad Juarez, Llorca also learned photography.

Llorca had two teenage sons who had recently joined him in El Paso to attend school.

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