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UAW members ratify Ford labor agreement

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Members of United Auto Workers have approved a new labor agreement with auto giant Ford, the union announced late Friday.

A preliminary agreement was announced on October 31, which averted a strike similar to the one at General Motors.

The new four-year contract includes a bonus of $9,000 for full-time union workers at Ford, bonuses linked to performance and two annual increases of three percent, UAW said in a statement.

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Rory Gamble, UAW vice president in charge of the negotiations, said the deal would be “a life-changing contract for many and provides a template for all future Ford UAW members to a full-time, top-rate status.”

“There will be no more permanent temporary situations and no more permanent tiers.”

By the end of October, Gamble had indicated that the preliminary agreement was modeled on the new GM work contract, announced shortly before.

After forty days of unprecedented strike action, GM and UAW reached an agreement providing for wage increases, an $11,000 signing bonus and $7.7 billion additional investment in US plants.

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‘They murdered him!’ Family blasts cops after hijacked UPS driver killed in ‘wild west’ shootout

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The family of a Florida UPS driver killed during a shootout between police and the individuals who hijacked his delivery truck is speaking out. In an interview to Local 10 News, the stepfather of Frank Ordonez lashed out at police, who he says were responsible for his stepson's death.

“They murdered him,” Joe Merino said. “I hope you can understand that and how I feel because it could have been prevented.”

Merino acknowledged that he didn't know the exact circumstances that led to the shootout, but wondered by police were so quick to open fire with so many innocent bystanders in the way.

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Trump rages at new light bulbs during White House meeting for making him look orange

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President Donald Trump on Friday complained about energy-efficient light bulbs that he claimed made him look orange.

As reported by Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, the president said he wanted to bring back older light bulbs that would give him a more flattering skin tone.

"Trump quips that the new light bulbs don’t make him look good and being a 'vain' person, that’s important to him," Mason reports. "He says they make him look orange. He plans to bring cheaper light bulbs back."

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MSNBC host reveals stunning new evidence that blows a hole in Republicans’ defense of Trump

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During the House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, Republicans have frequently pushed the talking point that there couldn’t have been any real “quid pro quo” between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Despite a multi-month delay, they claim,  the funds allocated for military aid to Ukraine were eventually released without Zelensky ever investigating former Vice President Joe Biden or his son, Hunter Biden, as Trump wanted. No harm, no foul, these Republicans argue.

Many have explained why this argument does hold up for a variety of reasons. But MSNBC’s Ari Melber, on his Thursday show, outlined a new reason why that talking point is bogus: 14% of the money allocated for military aid to Ukraine remains unreleased, according to the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report.

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