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WGA East Members Agree to New Deal with ABC News

Most of these members work at “Good Morning America,” WABC, ABC News Radio, NewsOne, and ABC’s national news programs.

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WGA East members who work for ABC News have voted overwhelmingly 96% in favor of backing a new three-year contract that will bring several changes, per Deadline

The 110-member bargaining team includes various workers for the company, who are based in New York and Washington, D.C. Furthermore, most of these members work at “Good Morning America,” WABC, ABC News Radio, NewsOne, and ABC’s national news programs.

“We are proud our members have won solid increases in pay and pension contributions, gains for full-time ‘temps,’ DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) protections, and more,” said Lowell Peterson, the guild’s executive director. “This demonstrates that, even in a mature industry, collective bargaining works.”

In the new contract, overall pay and pension packages grow minimums by 9% over three years. Also, there will be significant increases in the minimum rates for desk associates in D.C. and boosts in minimums for specific positions where people work under personal service contracts. 

Other details regarding the agreement between the two parties include:

• Increases in paid time off

• Staff employees will get four weeks of vacation after 10 years of service

• “Full-time” temps will get an additional comp day

• Staff employees will get an additional floating holiday

• Temps’ comp days will not count against their accrual of seven sick days a year

• Both staff and full-time temps will get recharge days

• Vacation differential for full-time temps will increase from 5% to 6%

• Labor-management work-from-home committee to review any manager’s decision denying a work-from-home request

• Temps who opted out of the pension and health plans may opt-in one time during the 3-year contract period

• The company will provide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training, including unconscious bias training to bargaining unit employees on an annual basis.

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Chris Wallace: Democrats Would Like Another Nominee in 2024

Wallace said Democrats don’t want Biden to run again in 2024 because of his age. 

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Chris Wallace joined CNN’s “At This Hour” to discuss a New York Times article suggesting that President Joe Biden shouldn’t run again. 

According to a transcript published on Breitbart, Wallace said Democrats don’t want Biden to run again in 2024 because of his age. 

“I think 75%of Democrats say they would like to see another Democratic nominee for president in 2024,” said Biden. 

Wallace said he’s witnessed farewells plenty of times, especially in the media, which he referred to as the gold watch sent off. 

“Look; obviously, the success after a lot of stalemate, the success of the last month or so by Joe Biden is impressive, and it will change the narrative,” Wallace said. “We will be talking about everything he has accomplished.” 

‘You know what, I’m excited by the idea of a guy who on next inauguration day would be 82 running for election again,’ I’m not so sure about that,” he added.

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News Media Reacts to FBI Searching Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort

CNN reports that the former President corroborated the information that FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago and stated, “they even broke into my safe.”

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On Monday, news broke that the FBI executed a search warrant at former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. 

The search warrant is part of the inquiry into the handling of presidential documents, including classified documents, that Trump may have been brought there. 

CNN reports that the former President corroborated the information that FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago and stated, “they even broke into my safe.” He was at Trump Tower in New York when the search warrant occurred in Florida. 

There’s plenty of reaction from both sides of the news media aisle, here’s what some had to say: 

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Trey Gowdy: InfoWars’ Alex Jones Tells Lies for Money

Gowdy tore into Jones, recounting the horror of Sandy Hook and the grieving process from the parent’s perspective in his monologue.

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Last week, a verdict announced that InfoWars’ Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages to the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Fox News host Trey Gowdy tore into Jones on Sunday, recounting the horror of that day and the grieving process from the parent’s perspective in a lengthy monologue. 

“How does someone capable of exploiting the pain, of denying the obvious gain any audience in this country?” Gowdy said of Jones. “Why would anyone go on his show? On the list of despicable things to do – telling the parents of murdered children that their children really weren’t murdered ranks pretty high.”

“We shouldn’t need a jury, or a judge or a courtroom to condemn that kind of person and behavior. He tells lies for money and then when his own money is on the line, he admits the obvious. The only war he is waging is on the truth.”

Gowdy became the latest cable news media host to rip into Jones as MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan went after the talk show host and the Republican Party for giving him legitimacy to Jones by appearing on his program.

“Alex Jones should have been rejected by Republican leaders and lawmakers, but instead, he was shamefully embraced,” Hasan said. 

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