Monday, February 29, 2016

Link roundup

1. New union contract at Gawker:

the contract sets a minimum salary of $50,000 for any full-time Gawker employee, a minimum of $70,000 for senior writers and editors, and a minimum of $90,000 for deputy editors and the editors-in-chief of some of Gawker’s smaller websites

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After a year of working at Gawker, the contract says, full-time freelancers must either be hired as regular staff employees or let go. “That way they won’t be kept in permanent limbo,” Peterson said. As for part-time freelancers, after a year with Gawker, their daily pay levels are to be raised to that of regular employees.
2. "Japanese prosecutors indicted three former executives of the Tokyo Electric Power Company, owner of the ruined Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, on Monday, charging them with criminal negligence for their role in reactor meltdowns after an earthquake and tsunami five years ago."
Prosecutors initially declined to bring charges in the case. They said there was not enough evidence that failings by Tepco or its leaders had amounted to criminal wrongdoing. But their decision angered Fukushima residents and antinuclear campaigners, who formed the organization led by Ms. Muto, the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Plaintiffs Group, to demand a review.

A rarely used feature of Japanese law allows committees made up of private citizens to examine prosecutors’ decisions regarding whether to indict suspects. In certain circumstances, they can order those decisions reversed.
3. Covert garage door.