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January 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Unionized CBS News staffers who are members of the Writers Guild of America have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with the network. The contract -- which received a 98% approval vote -- covers 500 employees who work in New York, Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago, in TV and radio in positions including desk assistants and producers, with average base salaries of $20,000 to $70,000. The preliminary deal will give the union staff raises of 3.5% annually plus a $3,700 contract bonus.
January 8, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The Directors Guild of America announced that its members have ratified a new three-year contract with the major studios. The DGA did not disclose ballot results, but said Wednesday morning its members voted by an "overwhelming majority" to ratify the new contract, which covers 15,000 directors and their teams who work in film and television. The agreement with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers includes a 3% annual wage increase, higher residual payments, and improvements in basic cable pay. It also establishes minimum terms and conditions for high-budget new media productions for video on demand services and creates a formal diversity program at every major television studio.
June 26, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Kyrgyzstan's parliament unanimously approved a deal allowing the U.S. to continue using an air base crucial to military operations in Afghanistan, months after ordering American forces out by August. Lawmakers voted 75-0 to ratify the accord, providing a boost to the U.S.-led coalition as it ramps up military operations against Taliban and Al Qaeda militants and struggles to maintain other supply routes into Afghanistan. Five deputies abstained. Approval was expected after Kyrgyz authorities announced a deal last Tuesday to let the U.S. use the Manas air base as a transit center at more than triple the previous rent.
December 30, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The Motion Picture & Television Fund and the union representing its nursing staff have agreed to a new contract, ending a year-long labor dispute at the Woodland Hillls-based retirement community. On Friday, members of SEIU-UHW overwhelmingly voted in favor of a new three-year contract that provides 1% annual pay increases for about 500 custodial staff, nursing staff and other employees of the fund, according to two people close to the negotiations who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to comment.
April 4, 2000
Since the end of World War II, millions of people have died from acts of genocide and war crimes. Although this situation has been widely condemned, there is no effective system to prevent or prosecute such crimes. However, in 1998, 120 nations voted to create the International Criminal Court, which could prosecute genocide and war crimes. It will come into being when 60 nations ratify the treaty. Unfortunately, the U.S. is among the few nations that declined to favor creation of the ICC and refused to ratify the treaty.
May 27, 1993
Politicians of both major parties cite increases in U.S. exports to Canada and Mexico, our No. 1 and No. 2 export markets, as sufficient reason to ratify the North American Free Trade Agreement. But not if the price of more exports is a violation of critical human rights including loss of jobs, below poverty-line wages, poor working conditions and loss of the right to organize to improve working conditions, poisoned community environments and loss of consumer protections. It is in the national interest of Canada, Mexico and the United States to ratify NAFTA only if NAFTA ensures that export profits will be used to prevent continued violation of these human rights and to lower the national debts of all three countries.
March 3, 1986
The ratification by the U.S. Senate of the treaty outlawing genocide is a great step forward in human rights. Some superficial thinkers have asked, "What is the use of a treaty to outlaw genocide when there are nations who ratify the treaty and then break it?" This is like saying that we do not need a law against murder. Good laws have an educational as well as a punitive value. Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.) performed a significant service, during the last 19 years, with more than 3,000 speeches calling for ratification of the Genocide Convention.
June 1, 1989 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
After months of negotiations and a two-week delay in voting, Glendale teachers Wednesday ratified a contract that provides for 22.7% in pay raises over three years, including a retroactive 8% raise for the current year. Union members voted 429 to 116 for the contract, which stipulates that the district's 930 teachers will receive their retroactive raises in a lump sum this summer. Only union members were eligible to vote. The Board of Education is expected to ratify the contract June 6. Despite the large majority in favor of the contract, Mark Desetti, president of the Glendale Teachers Assn.
January 5, 1987
A front-page story (Dec. 16) stated that 57 U.S. senators "warned" President Reagan to comply with the unratified SALT II treaty. I have a better solution. Why don't the senators just go ahead and ratify the treaty instead? They had the chance in 1979 to do so, but chose not to. By not complying with SALT II, the President is simply doing what the Senate has allowed him to do by not ratifying the treaty. They really have no cause to complain nor to blame the President for their own failure.
The Clinton Administration on Thursday officially recognized Ernesto Zedillo as Mexico's next president, as Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen delivered a congratulatory letter to the "President-Elect of the United Mexican States" along with an invitation for Zedillo to visit the White House in the fall. Zedillo won the most votes in Mexico's hard-fought presidential election Aug. 21, but he will not be named president-elect until after the new Mexican Congress meets Nov. 1. to ratify the results.
November 2, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Bay Area Rapid Transit's two largest unions this week ratified the new labor agreements that ended a four-day regional rail strike in October. In a statement posted on BART's website Saturday, officials said the new four-year agreements would address the growing cost of employee benefits while allowing the agency to modernize an aging infrastructure. “The Bay Area and our riders will benefit from these contracts because BART will be able to move forward with the replacement of our aging fleet of train cars and the needed upgrades to meet demand,” BART General Manager Grace Crunican said in a statement.
September 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Having a physical disability profoundly disconnects a person from the world in which the able-bodied live and move, and makes a challenge out of numerous mundane tasks. The Americans with Disabilities Act, which was passed more than two decades ago, prohibits many forms of discrimination against the disabled and mandates that they be provided with equal access to buildings, workplaces, programs, services and public accommodations. The federal law was the model for the United Nations treaty known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which requires participating countries to provide equal access for the disabled.
August 20, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday ratified the unusual hiring of the mayor's top education advisor, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana. Melendez will be brought on as an employee of the L.A. Unified School District, but with her salary and benefits paid by the city of Los Angeles. The arrangement will allow Melendez, a career educator, to continue to accrue pension benefits in the state teachers retirement system. Her salary will be $139,000, according to a spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti.
April 17, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
For the first time since California's controversial parent-trigger law went into effect, a school district has elected not to challenge a petition submitted by parents. The Los Angeles Board of Education this week ratified a partnership between the district and a charter school to take control of the struggling 24th Street Elementary. The 2010 law gives parents increased authority over low-performing campuses, including the option to convert them to independently operated charter schools.
April 16, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday ratified a partnership between the school district and a charter school to take control of struggling 24th Street Elementary under a controversial parent-empowerment law. The vote marks the first time a school district has elected not to challenge a petition submitted by parents under the state's “parent-trigger” law. The law grants petitioners substantial authority, giving them options that...
February 21, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
Members of a small clerks union said Thursday they had agreed to a contract with employers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, taking the potential for fresh strikes at the busy harbors off the table. Representatives for both sides released a joint statement that said they had agreed to ratify agreements reached Dec. 4. Previously, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit had voted down that contract, raising anew the specter of paralyzing strikes.
December 19, 1992 | Associated Press
Germany ratified the treaty on European political and economic union Friday, becoming the 10th of the 12 European Community nations to sign on. Still undecided on the issue are Denmark, whose voters have already refused once to ratify the so-called Maastricht Treaty, and Britain, where opposition is strong. All 12 EC nations, which signed the treaty in the Dutch town of Maastricht last year, must ratify the accord before it takes effect.
February 14, 2003 | From a Times staff writer
Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees overwhelmingly ratified a contract negotiated last fall with Hollywood studios that affects about 30,000 production workers in Los Angeles. The three-year contract calls for higher wages as well as a boost in health and pension fund contributions.
February 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Mississippi forgot something. Fully 148 years after the end of the Civil War and the U.S. end to slavery, the state has officially ratified the 13th Amendment ban on the practice. The state thought the amendment had already been ratified by its Legislature. Turns out it hadn't, at least in the eyes of federal record-keepers. "It was never transmitted to the national archivist to be put on the record," Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for the Mississippi secretary of state, told The Times.
February 3, 2013 | By Thomas V. DiBacco
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 16th Amendment, which gave Congress the power to tax American incomes. Unlike the contentious congressional drama in passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act to avert going over the "fiscal cliff," the 16th Amendment was accorded little emotion when it received a thumbs-up from both houses in 1909. That was because most congressmen backed the amendment for the wrong reason - they firmly believed that no such taxing proposal would ever be ratified by the requisite three-fourths of the states.
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