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The [Tuesday] Papers

1. Sophia Bush: I Was Assaulted And Abused On Chicago P.D. Set.

This seems to call for a response by the city.

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The Tribune led its coverage with Bush's difficulty adjusting to Chicago's weather.

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See also from May: Sophia Bush On Sexual Assault: 'Women Everywhere Have Been Exposed To This.'

2. Chicago Heights Park District Police Chief Fired After Arrest For Allegedly Secretly Filming Sex With Women, Sharing Pictures Without Consent.

"In late October, Chicago Heights Park District Police Chief Christian Daigre, 41, was charged with two felony counts of non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images, two felony counts of witness intimidation, and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance."

The district had placed Daigre on administrative leave pending the charges; now he's out.

(Daigre denies the charges.)

3. Editing Desk.

"President Trump has often bragged about having his pick of only the best people to serve in his administration," the New York Times reports.

"Being publicly rejected by his first choice for chief of staff - and embarking on a very public search for someone else - has made Mr. Trump's claim harder to back up."

Why would you even lead with that - a ridiculous claim on its face that need not be shown is now "harder to back up," as if it might actually be true?

If you really want to go this route, a better way would be something like this:

"For a president who likes to hyperbolically brag about bringing only 'the best' into his chaotic administration, Donald Trump sure is having a hard time filling the second-most powerful job in the country.

"First choice Nick Ayers declined Sunday to take up Trump and become his next chief of staff, and there isn't exactly a long line of applicants behind him to choose from."

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"Others who know Mr. Trump hinted that the president dislikes being embarrassed."

Great sourcing! My sources can confirm.

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"[T]he abruptness of Mr. Ayers's rejection might not have worn off."

But it wasn't abrupt at all; Ayers has been saying for awhile now that he wants to go back to Georgia with his family, perhaps to seek elected office himself there. If he had taken the post, reports have said, he only would have done so on an interim basis through spring.

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Today's inbox . . .

Teachers At Old Town School Of Folk Music File For Union Representation

What: Press conference and rally filled with song, with teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Teachers from the Old Town Teachers Organization (OTTO) will publicly announce their union organizing drive, and collection of union cards from a majority of teaching faculty. Teachers will request that the School administration voluntarily recognize their union.

When: Tuesday, December 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Old Town School of Folk Music - 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue.

Who: Old Town School teachers, students, community members; Arise Chicago; Illinois Federation of Teachers.

Visuals: Teachers and students singing with musical instruments and colorful signs.

Background: Teachers at the beloved Chicago cultural institution, the Old Town School of Folk Music, filed for a union election on Monday, December 10. Teachers report having issues at the school for years. They began an organizing drive to create a formalized, collective body with support from local workers' rights group Arise Chicago in November 2017.

After continued and growing organizing, and forming the Old Town Teachers Organization (OTTO), teachers decided the best way to address issues at the school was through union representation with the Illinois Federation of Teachers. On Tuesday, December 11, teachers will announce majority support for the union and request voluntary recognition of their union from School administration.

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Envoy American Eagle Workers To Leaflet Airport Passengers Across The Country In National Day of Action

Due to Poverty Level Wages at Envoy, Workers are Asking Travelers to Donate to Local Food Banks, Which Many Agents Will Rely on to Put Food on the Table this Holiday Season

This week, starting Tuesday, December 11 through Thursday, December 13, Envoy American Eagle workers across the country will hold a national week of action outside of their respective airports, where they will leaflet passengers with flyers asking them to donate to their local food banks, which many American Airlines agents rely on to put food on the table due to poverty level wages.

Leafleting actions will be held outside of airports including ROC (Rochester), MIA (Miami), CVG (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky), ORD (Chicago), DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth), IAH (Houston), XNA (Northwest Arkansas), LAX (Los Angeles), SAN (San Diego), and SBA (Santa Barbara).

The national day of action comes as Envoy agents call on management to negotiate a fair contract, including wages that reflect the work they do in supporting passengers and flights for parent company American Airlines.

WHERE: O'Hare International Airport

WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, Noon - 3 p.m.

Starting pay at Envoy is $9.48 an hour, and more than half of the agents make less than $11 an hour. Many qualify for food stamps and other forms of public assistance. Employees often work more than 60 hours per week. Meanwhile, American Airlines netted almost $2 billion in profits in 2017.

A recent nationwide survey of 900 Envoy agents showed that 27% must rely on public assistance to get by, and many are forced to go to extreme measures to cover basic living expenses, including selling plasma, buying out-of-date food and borrowing against retirement accounts. An additional 60% of agents rely on family and friends to get by, and only 13% say their wages are enough to support them.

American Airlines relies increasingly on its regional carriers, with 54 percent of domestic departures operated by regionals in 2017. Over 160 of the airports American serves - or 73% - are staffed fully or partially by employees of Envoy or Piedmont Airlines, also a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines.

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McDonald's Leads as Champion for Public Health - Commits to No Longer Serve Beef Raised With Routine Antibiotic Use

McDonald's released a new policy Tuesday to restrict medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply chain. The company will monitor antibiotic use in its top ten beef sourcing markets and set reduction targets for medically important antibiotic use by the end of 2020. Principles in the policy include restricting the routine use of the drugs to prevent disease, a practice that the World Health Organization recommends ending because it breeds antibiotic resistant bacteria. As the largest beef purchaser in the United States, McDonald's new commitment could spark an industry-wide change to help keep antibiotics effective.

"The Golden Arches just set a gold standard for responsible antibiotic use in meat production. We can't afford to misuse these precious medicines. Otherwise, we lose our ability to treat life-threatening infections," said Illinois PIRG Director Abe Scarr. "McDonald's new commitment is a promising step forward that will help preserve antibiotics for the future, and that's something we should all be happy about."

McDonald's action on antibiotics fits with the company's commitment to use its size for good, though the burger chain needed some persuading. In 2015, Illinois PIRG Education Fund and the Antibiotics off the Menu coalition started to push McDonald's to phase routine antibiotic use out of its meat supply chain. Shortly afterward, McDonald's took an important step forward, transitioning away from purchasing chicken raised on medically-important antibiotics. In August 2017, McDonald's released a new Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship, which included important objectives such as cutting routine antibiotic use from its entire meat supply. However, the company did not attach any timeline for making that vision a reality.

"It's great that McDonald's is joining the effort to stop wasting life-saving antibiotics on healthy livestock, so that we can preserve them for patients who need them," said Brad Spellberg MD, Chief Medical Officer, LAC+USC Medical Center (opinion expressed is Dr. Spellberg's, not that of LAC+USC Medical Center)

Since January 2018, Illinois PIRG Education Fund and its partners have called on McDonald's to phase routine antibiotics out of its beef and pork supply chains as well. More than 80 international stakeholders, including health, environmental, and consumer groups, have called on the chain to act. Several of those groups delivered more than 150,000 petition signatures to McDonald's headquarters during its annual shareholder meeting in May, demonstrating widespread consumer support.

In October 2018, Illinois PIRG Education Fund and its coalition partners held an event outside of McDonald's headquarters to release the Chain Reaction Report, which graded the top 25 U.S. burger chains on their antibiotics policies. After McDonald's received an "F," the company responded on Twitter and in the media that it would release a global antibiotics policy for its beef by the end of the year. We are excited to see that McDonald's followed through on its pledge with a robust policy that can make a difference.

"Consumers called on McDonalds to hold the antibiotics. Its response shows progress, and we look forward to seeing the company continue to use its size for good when it comes to preserving life-saving antibiotics ," said Scarr.

On November 28th, two Illinois State Senate committees held a subject matter hearing on legislation sponsored by State Sen. Daniel Biss that would ban the routine use of antibiotics important to human health in food production.

"I applaud McDonald's commitment to protect public health by reducing the misuse of antibiotics in its beef supply" said Biss. "Now its time for Illinois to show leadership by passing legislation to stop the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture."

Background: 70% of medically-important antibiotics sold in the United States are for use on livestock and poultry. Antibiotic misuse on farms occurs when drugs are routinely given to animals to compensate for unsanitary, crowded conditions rather than to treat sick animals. This practice is a major threat to human health because it fosters the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. By 2050, experts estimate 10 million people a year could die globally from drug-resistant infections.

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