Popular on Variety Management has also agreed to conduct an annual demographic survey providing newsroom employees with an anonymous opportunity to self-identify with respect to, among other things, race/ethnicity, national background, educational background, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and creed. The report will be provided to the union.The contract inlcudes: “meaningful” pay increases for all employees, particularly those who are currently at or below median pay; a new system of pay tiers based on job classifications with guidance (and annual discussions with supervisors) on how to advance; four months paid leave for all parents (birth, adoption, or foster); just cause for termination plus “significant” severance pay; and provisions on reuse of employees’ work.Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGA East, said, “The union bargaining committee worked diligently and intelligently to translate employees’ concerns and aspirations into substantial gains in the collective bargaining agreement. This hard work, plus thoughtful and diligent work by management’s representatives, have led to a very strong first contract that addresses diversity and inclusion, transparency and fairness in pay and job duties, and meaningful ongoing engagement in workplace decisions.”In addition to the Intercept, the WGA East represents digital-first editorial and video staffs at Vox Media, Onion Inc., HuffPost, Vice, Fast Company, the Dodo, Thrillist, ThinkProgress, MTV News, Salon, Slate, and Gizmodo Media Group. The WGA East has added about 1,000 members from these sites and lifted its total count to more than 5,000. The editorial staff at investigative digital news site the Intercept has unanimously ratified its first contract, negotiated by the Writers Guild of America East.The guild and the site, founded by Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Laura Poitras, made the announcement Wednesday.The three-year collective bargaining agreement includes a first-of-its-kind diversity provision that ensures at least two candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in journalism (i.e., women, people of color, or those identifying as LGBTQ+) will be interviewed for any vacant bargaining unit position not being created for a specific candidate or for purposes of promoting an existing bargaining unit employee.The contract also creates a Diversity Committee of both bargaining unit members and editorial management that will meet quarterly to discuss, assist, and partner with human resources and management on current and potential diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Intercept. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is on a mission: to enhance its passenger experience to the level expected of high-end operators sought out by flyers seeking the best. To that end, PAL has reconfigured its A330s flying between Manila and Sydney and Melbourne, among other international destinations. Signature Luxury Travel & Style flew Manila to Sydney with PAL this month, and can confirm the airline is on track to compete with the big guns with its business-class offering.The 18-seat business class cabin is set up in a 1-2-1 configuration in a grey-blue colour scheme with mood lighting and 18.5-inch (47-centimetre) touch screens. The Thompson Vantage XL seats have an ample width of just under 60 centimetres. When in their flat-bed position, the seats stretch out to 200 centimetres. The seat-adjustment panel is conveniently positioned on the divider between the two seats, which are far enough apart to allow for a roomy seatside storage area. As well as a flat space big enough for a laptop, gadget charging and other items, the storage area has an additional shelf to keep personal items secure, including the L’Occitane-stocked inflight bag provided. The reading lamp has three levels of brightness and slippers are provided.Seats feature the Pneumatic Comfort System, which allows passengers to adjust the firmness to their preference. The seat cushion and back also adjust according to the passenger’s weight and pressure on the seat, such as during take-off.“The seat is quite firm when you first sit down but after a few minutes it inflates beneath you and increases the comfort factor,” says Signature Luxury Travel & Style feature writer Joanna Tovia. “It’s a big step up from the last time I flew Philippine Airlines business class; it’s really moving in the right direction to become a five-star airline.”Tovia suggests bringing your own noise-cancelling headphones, however, as those provided are adequate but nothing special. The wine and champagne on offer are exceptional – the champagne is Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve from Reims, France – and the menu fuses Filipino flavours with contemporary tastes.The aircraft is equipped with Wi-Fi, and the service is warm, friendly and efficient. PAL has also upgraded its premium economy and economy cabins on these planes.