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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

6 ideas for getting creative juices flowing…for almost no money

6 ideas for getting creative juices flowing…for almost no money

New York magazine confirms outage was result of cyber attack

New York magazine confirms outage was result of cyber attack

Today in Labor History

July 28  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Women shoemakers in Lynn, Mass., create Daughters of St. Crispin, demand pay equal to that of men - 1869

Harry Bridges is born in Australia. He came to America as a sailor at age 19 and went on to help form and lead the militant Int’l Longshore and Warehouse Union for more than 40 years - 19012015.07.27 history paterson.strike

A strike by Paterson, N.J., silk workers for an 8-hour day, improved working conditions ends after six months, with the workers’ demands unmet. During the course of the strike, approximately 1,800 strikers were arrested, including Wobbly leaders Big Bill Haywood and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn - 1913

Federal troops burn the shantytown built near the U.S. Capitol by thousands of unemployed WWI veterans, camping there to demand a bonus they had been promised but never received - 1932

Nine miners are rescued in Sommerset, Pa., after being trapped for 77 hours 240 feet underground in the flooded Quecreek Mine - 2002

Monday, July 27, 2015

McClatchy reports precipitous print ad declines again for second quarter

McClatchy reports precipitous print ad declines again for second quarter

Los Angeles Times Reunion

Last Saturday a small group of forty-five former employees of the newspaper, with three current employees, gathered for drinks and finger foods at Sena on Myrtle. Everyone in attendance had a great time visiting with their former colleagues and reminiscing about better times at the newspaper many years ago. Dana Barcelona-Bonner created another perfect event, and many requested to get together again soon.


Today in Labor History

July 27  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

William Sylvis, founder of the National Labor Union, died - 1869

Print advertising slump bites digitally oriented Advance too

Print advertising slump bites digitally oriented Advance too

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Japanese financial newspaper company Nikkei buys the Financial Times

Japanese financial newspaper company Nikkei buys the Financial Times

Today in Labor History

July 23  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

2015.07.20 history berkmanAnarchist Alexander Berkman shoots and stabs but fails to kill steel magnate Henry Clay Frick in an effort to avenge the Homestead massacre 18 days earlier, in which nine strikers were killed. Berkman also tried to use what was, in effect, a suicide bomb, but it didn't detonate - 1892

Northern Michigan copper miners strike for union recognition, higher wages and 8-hour day. By the time they threw in the towel the following April, 1,100 had been arrested on various charges and Western Federation of Miners President Charles Moyer had been shot, beaten and forced out of town - 1913

Aluminum Workers Int'l Union merges with The United Brick & Clay Workers of America to form Aluminum, Brick & Clay Workers - 1981

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Objecting to story takedown, Gawker Media’s top editor quits

Objecting to story takedown, Gawker Media’s top editor quits

At 99, AP Reporter Recalls Italian Campaign



This newspaper is giving its front page to an artist for 26 days

This newspaper is giving its front page to an artist for 26 days

Wednesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Ran into another former Los Angeles Times colleague, Glenn Uekert



National Journal will kill off its print edition - Nieman Lab

How Facebook and Twitter Became Your Newspapers - Recode

Trends in Newsrooms: Journalism after Charlie - Editors Weblog

Odd little story on Union-Tribune President Russ Newton - SDUT

WWD and LA Times Pair Up for Targeted Fashion Content - WWD

Zells donate $60 million to University of Michigan - Detroit Free Press

Charleston's rival newspapers just merged. Is two-paper Detroit next? - CJR

Media huffing, puffing not blowing down The Donald’s house (yet) - Poynter

Large Inflow of Money Witnessed in Tribune Media Company - Money Flow Index

GateHouse Media sells it's editing and design services to anyone willing to pay - CFN


Washington Post takes case of jailed correspondent to the U.N.

Washington Post takes case of jailed correspondent to the U.N.

Goodbye to all this - Native Intelligence

Goodbye to all this - Native Intelligence

Jon Christensen writes: Los Angeles is losing one of its fiercest critics and lovers just when we need her most. Emily Green is leaving LA after 17 years, during which she became a crucial, critical, incisive, and insightful voice on the sometimes arcane but always essential subject of water in Southern California and the American West.

Today in Labor History

July 22  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Newly unionized brewery workers in San Francisco, mostly German socialists, declare victory after the city’s breweries give in to their demands for free beer, the closed shop, freedom to live anywhere (they had typically been required to live in the breweries), a 10-hour day, 6-day week, and a board of arbitration - 18862015.07.20 history first.contract
(From First Contact to First Contract: A Union Organizer’s Handbook is a no-nonsense tool from veteran labor organizer and educator Bill Barry. He looks to his own vast experience to document and help organizers through all the stages of a unionization campaign, from how to get it off the ground to how to bring it home with a signed contract and a strong bargaining unit.)

A bomb was set off during a "Preparedness Day" parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40 more. Tom Mooney, a labor organizer, and Warren Billings, a shoe worker, were convicted of the crime, but both were pardoned 23 years later - 1916

July 21
Local militiamen are called out against striking railroad workers in Pittsburgh. The head of the Pennsylvania Railroad advises giving the strikers "a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread." - 1877

Compressed air explosion kills 20 workers constructing railroad tunnel under the Hudson River - 1880

IWW leads a strike at Hodgeman's Blueberry Farm in Grand Junction, Mich. - 1964

2015.07.20 history wcflRadio station WCFL, owned and operated by the Chicago Federation of Labor, takes to the airwaves with two hours of music. The first and only labor-owned radio station in the country, WCFL was sold in 1979 - 1926

A die-cast operator in Jackson, Mich., is pinned by a hydraulic Unimate robot, dies five days later. Incident is the first documented case in the U.S. of a robot killing a human - 1984

July 20
New York City newsboys, many so poor that they were sleeping in the streets, begin a 2-week strike. Several rallies drew more than 5,000 newsboys, complete with charismatic speeches by strike leader Kid Blink, who was blind in one eye. The boys had to pay publishers up front for the newspapers; they were successful in forcing the publishers to buy back unsold papers - 1899
2015.07.20 history bloody.friday
Two killed, 67 wounded in Minneapolis truckers' strike—"Bloody Friday" - 1934

Postal unions, Postal Service sign first labor contract in the history of the federal government—the year following an unauthorized strike by 200,000 postal workers - 1971

July 21
Local militiamen are called out against striking railroad workers in Pittsburgh. The head of the Pennsylvania Railroad advises giving the strikers "a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread." - 1877