Journalists at Star-News, 10 Other Southern California Daily Newspapers Announce Plans to Unionize

first_img Make a comment Top of the News 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Journalists at Star-News, 10 Other Southern California Daily Newspapers Announce Plans to Unionize STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 2:29 pm HerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Business Newscenter_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Journalists with the Southern California News Group, which owns the Pasadena Star-News, announced Wednesday their plan to unionize at 11 daily newspapers and more than a dozen weekly publications.Nearly three-fourths of the newspapers’ non-management editorial employees — including reporters, photographers, designers, copy editors and online editors — have signed authorization cards that will be submitted to the National Labor Relations Board in a petition for a union election.The journalists’ union, the SCNG Guild, will be a unit of the Media Guild of the West, a local of The NewsGuild-CWA. MGW represents hundreds of journalists at the Los Angeles Times, the Arizona Republic and other news outlets.The journalists of the SCNG Guild are eager to better serve their communities across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Most newsrooms have endured pay cuts, with some employees going a decade or more without raises. SCNG newsrooms are stretched thin through layoffs and attrition.“Our journalists have labored for years under increasingly difficult conditions. We intend to reverse that trend,” the guild said in its mission statement.“Readers need the services we provide more than ever,” the statement reads. “Our online traffic is surging, and our digital subscriptions are up. The public is clamoring for information that can help them and their families stay healthy and safe.”The news group includes the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Torrance Daily Breeze, the San Bernardino Sun, the Pasadena Star-News, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Whittier Daily News and the Redlands Daily Facts.The papers attract an online audience of 17.6 million monthly unique visitors, according to the company, and some 451,000 Sunday print subscribers.The company is owned by Alden Global Capital’s MediaNews Group. The New York-based hedge fund is known for slashing newsroom budgets to the bone. Last week, Alden Global announced a $630 million deal to buy Tribune Publishing newspapers, even as it refuses to invest in its own newsrooms.“The Southern California News Group likes to say that ‘Local. News. Matters,’” said reporter Josh Cain, SCNG Guild organizing committee member. “But hollowing out our newsrooms with layoffs and attrition does not improve our ability to cover the news. Buying up every local paper in Southern California, cutting its staff to the bone and covering the same number of communities with even fewer resources does not help our readers. We want to save local news, and organizing will help us do that.”Ten of SCNG’s daily newspapers and some of its weekly editions are more than a century old. (the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the youngster of the group, was established in 1955.) By unionizing, journalists are looking to stave off further cuts, “while providing a framework for allowing our newspapers to thrive,” according to their mission statement. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

viewpoint

first_imgThis week’s huge rise in flour prices of around £68 per tonne is unprecedented (pg 4)! It will have major impact. The baking and milling industries are not prone to drama and, though I do understand when bakers are sceptical of any flour price rise, the combination of circumstances is unique.We have been warning about impending price rises in flour for some time, particularly in our June 29 and July 6 issue lead stories and last week, when Lewis Wright, head of wheat trading at ADM, laid many of the reasons on the line.The millers are using words such as ’horrendous’ about increases in wheat costs, describing the situation as ’critical’, and ’very serious’. One of them said: “We are buckling under this situation. The prices have to be passed on”. Another said; “I’m petrified, looking at the UK weather forecast on top of all this.”I can tell by the tension in their voices and choice of words that this is a situation without precedence.Often in life, it is not one factor but a combination that causes an end result. In this price rise, it is precisely that: reduced plantings, increased demand, two years of weather extremes, rising demand for bioethanol fuel, rising costs in manufacturing. In all, it is forecast to put around 6p to 10p on a loaf. But as our bread prices chart on pages 14-15 shows, we are still among the cheapest in the world – and that should not be forgotten.Food in general has hit the headlines again this week, with price rises and health to the fore. We have seen announcements about how obesity does not discriminate between rich and poor (pg 6). There have also been warnings about the increase in Type 2 diabetes, currently costing the NHS £10m per year, and there have been demands for a ’fat tax’, of VAT on cakes and biscuits. Though rejected for now, this, like the London congestion charge, could make a reappearance a few months or years down the line.The NA’s Gill Brooks-Lonican dismisses the idea of a fat tax most aptly of all (pg 4), stating that cake and biscuits are a treat, moderate amounts of cream, butter and sugar (all natural products) are good for you and that the government should bring back more school sports. Amen to that!last_img read more

Maine leads the nation: Half of Mainers 16 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine

first_imgDr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, at a recent briefing on Maine’s public health response to COVID-19.AUGUSTA – Governor Janet Mills announced today that Maine has reached a milestone in its COVID-19 vaccination effort, with half of Maine people ages 16 and older now having received at least one dose. This includes 38 percent of eligible Maine residents who have received final doses against the virus.As reported today on Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard, 50.15 percent of Maine residents age 16 and older had received at least one dose of vaccine as of 11:59 p.m. Saturday. This includes more than one in three eligible Maine residents who have been fully vaccinated. To date, 564,281 Maine people have received their first dose of the vaccine, while 427,527 have received a final dose.Maine currently leads the nation the percentage of its total population that is fully vaccinated, according to Bloomberg.Maine prioritized older residents for vaccination, given their increased risk of serious illness or death. To date, more than two-thirds (68 percent) of residents age 50 and older have gotten their first dose and 57 percent have received their final doses. Moreover, nearly one-third (31 percent) of Maine residents ages 16 to 49 have had their first doses. Since Maine launched its COVID-19 vaccination effort in mid-December, nearly 1 million (991,808) doses have been administered throughout the state. All Maine residents ages 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.“This is the biggest vaccination effort in our history and one of the largest logistical challenges in generations. This milestone is a testament to the teamwork of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the Maine CDC, the Maine National Guard, our health care providers and volunteers across the state, who are working around the clock to protect Maine people from COVID-19,” Gov. Janet Mills said. “As a result of their efforts, and because Maine people are rolling up their sleeves to do their part, more than half of Maine residents age 16 and older have now received at least one dose of vaccine, and more than a third are fully vaccinated. We will continue our efforts to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible. I encourage all everyone to get vaccinated so that we can defeat this virus and its variants and get back to normal as soon as possible.”“We’re now approaching 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered into the arms of Maine people, a remarkable achievement made possible through our collaboration with health care providers, volunteers, and countless others throughout the state,” said Jeanne Lambrew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. “While we have more work to do to defeat this virus, and as we seek greater supply of vaccine from the federal government, we thank every Mainer who has gotten a shot and ask them to encourage their friends, family, and neighbors to make an appointment.”“The COVID-19 vaccines are a vital tool in our fight against the pandemic,” said Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “This milestone is worthy of recognition and celebration. But we must continue to take the threat of this virus seriously, and continue wearing masks, practice physical distancing, avoid crowds, and stay home if we don’t feel well to protect the health and safety of our loved ones and communities.”Recently Maine has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. As of Saturday, April 17, the weekly average hit 461.3, which is the highest it’s been since January. The Maine CDC reported 414 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, which brings the total since the beginning of the outbreak in Maine to 56,939.The Mills Administration’s ongoing work to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine includes standing up large-scale and mobile vaccination sites; supporting pop-up clinics for groups including older teachers, adults with developmental disabilities, and marginalized populations; providing vaccine to Federally Qualified Health Centers in under-served areas; dispatching public health nurses to clinics throughout the state to assist at-risk Maine people who cannot easily travel to large-scale community vaccination clinics; and providing in-home vaccination to homebound Maine people.To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the list of vaccination sites or call the Community Vaccination Line at 1-888-445-4111 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Translation services are available through this line. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may dial 711 and ask to be connected to the number above. The Vaccination Line does not provide faster access to appointments.Because Maine’s supply of vaccine remains limited, appointments may not be immediately available and will be scheduled on a rolling basis. There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine, but Maine people should be prepared to provide insurance information at the vaccination clinic. DHHS also offers free rides to and from appointments for people who have transportation issues. If you have an appointment and need a ride, call 1-855-608-5172 at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment.last_img read more