Friday, September 04, 2015

Why Al Jazeera America digital workers went union

Why Al Jazeera America digital workers went union

Today in Labor History

September 04  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Twelve thousand New York tailors strike over sweatshop conditions - 1894

2015.08.31 history peekskillMore than 140 attendees at a benefit for a civil rights group are injured in the “Peekskill Riots” in Peekskill, N.Y. The victims were among the 20,000 people leaving a concert featuring African-American Paul Robeson, well-known for his strong pro-unionism, civil rights activism and left-wing affiliations. The departing concert-goers had to drive through a miles-long gauntlet of rock-throwing racists and others chanting "go on back to Russia, you niggers" and "white niggers" - 1949

Int’l Brotherhood of Bookbinders merged with Graphic Arts Int’l Union - 1972

In what many believe was to become the longest strike in U.S. history, 600 Teamster-represented workers walk out at the Diamond Walnut processing plant in Stockton, Calif., after the company refused to restore a 30-percent pay cut they had earlier taken to help out the company. The two sides ultimately agreed to a new contract after 14 years - 1991

September 032015.08.31 history cotton.harvesters
African-American cotton pickers organize and strike in Lee County, Texas, against miserably low wages and other injustices, including a growers’ arrangement with local law enforcement to round up blacks on vagrancy charges, then force them to work off their fines on select plantations. Over the course of September a white mob put down the strike, killing 15 strikers in the process - 1891

Some 300 musicians working in Chicago movie houses strike to protest their impending replacement by talking movies - 1928

Twenty-five workers die, unable to escape a fire at the Imperial Poultry processing plant in Hamlet, N.C. Managers had locked fire doors to prevent the theft of chicken nuggets. The plant had operated for 11 years without a single safety inspection - 1991

September 022015.08.31 history rock
White and Chinese immigrants battle in Rock Springs, Wyo., fueled by racial tensions and the practice of Union Pacific Railroad of hiring lower-paid Chinese over whites. At least 25 Chinese died and 15 more were injured. Rioters burned 75 Chinese homes - 1885

Operating railway employees win 8-hour day - 1916

Mineowners bomb West Virginia strikers by plane, using homemade bombs filled with nails and metal fragments. The bombs missed their targets or failed to explode - 1921

President Eisenhower signs legislation expanding Social Security by providing much wider coverage and including 10 million additional Americans, most of them self-employed farmers, with additional benefits - 1954

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was signed by President Ford, regulating and insuring pensions and other benefits, and increasing protections for workers - 1974
2015.08.31 history retire.happy(Retire Happy: What To Do NOW to Guarantee A Great Retirement: Everyone who works for a living thinks at some point about retirement, but few actually consider what that really means, other than escaping the daily grind. For sure, most of us worry about having enough money, and this highly readable book provides a lot of information and advice on the subject: how much we’ll need, how to make the most of what we’ve accumulated, how to accumulate more (even as we get close to retirement) and how to make it last. For that advice alone, Retire Happy is worth the price.)

September 01
The Int’l Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers is founded at a meeting in Chicago, the product of two separate brotherhoods created over the previous 13 years - 1893

Congress declares Labor Day a national holiday - 18942015.08.31 history weekend
(From the Folks Who Brought You The Weekend is a sweeping, highly readable history of U.S. labor that will be welcomed by anyone interested in learning more about the struggle of American working people to better their lives through collective action.)

Some 30,000 women from 26 trades marched in Chicago's Labor Day parade - 1903

Walter Reuther is born. He went on to become a founder of the United Auto Workers and was president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations when it merged with the AFL in 1955 - 1907

A 3-week strike in Woonsocket, R.I., part of a national movement to obtain a minimum wage for textile workers, resulted in the deaths of three workers. Ultimately more than 420,000 workers struck nationally - 1934

2015.08.31 history hawaiianIn Hawaii, some 26,000 sugar workers represented by the Longshoremen’s union begin what is to become a successful 79-day strike that shuts down 33 of the 34 sugar plantations on the islands. The strike brought an end to Hawaii's paternalistic labor relations and impacted political and social institutions throughout the then-territory - 1946

Int'l Metal Engravers & Marking Device Workers Union changed its name to Int’l Association of Machinists - 1956

Some 20,000 Pennsylvania Railroad shop workers effectively halt operations in 13 states for 12 days. It was the first shutdown in the company's 114-year history - 1960

Boot and Shoe Workers' Union merged with Retail Clerks Int’l Union - 1977

The Journeymen Barbers, Hairdressers and Cosmetologists' Int'l Union of America merged with United Food & Commercial Workers - 1980

Glass Bottle Blowers' Association of the United States & Canada merged with Int'l Brotherhood of Pottery & Allied Workers to become Glass, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers - 1982

Aluminum, Brick & Clay Workers Int'l Union merged with United Glass & Ceramic Workers of North America to form Int'l Union of Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers - 1982

Brotherhood of Railway, Airline & Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express & Station Employees changed name to Transportation-Communications Union - 1987

Coopers Int’l Union of North America merged with Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers Int'l Union - 1992

The federal minimum wage is increased to $5.15 per hour - 1997

The AFL-CIO creates Working America, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization designed to build alliances among non-union working people - 2003

Friday, August 28, 2015

Today in Labor History

August 28  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—the Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have A Dream" speech march—is held in Washington, D.C., with 250,000 participating. The AFL-CIO did not endorse the march, but several affiliated unions did – 19632015.08.24 history mlk.march
(Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington: Written for 5 to 8 year-olds, this is a very nice introduction to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, that watershed event in the fight for civil rights. It uses the March as a point of reference as it talks about segregation in America and the battle for equal rights.)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Zacks Lowers Tribune Publishing to Sell (TPUB)

Tribune Publishing (NYSE:TPUB) was downgraded by Zacks from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in areport released on Thursday, MarketBeat reports.
According to Zacks, “Tribune Publishing Company is a diversified media and marketing solutions company. It operates daily newspapers and related Websites, and various ancillary businesses. The Company operates Websites and mobile applications, including a primary online product for each local newspaper, which is an expanded version of the newspaper, providing local, national, and international news. Its daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Sun Sentinel, the Orlando Sentinel, The Baltimore Sun, the Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and the Daily Press. Tribune Publishing Company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. “

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Some reasons why LA's rising crime rate is not a surprise - LA Observed

Some reasons why LA's rising crime rate is not a surprise - LA Observed

Hedge Fund Appeal Denied in Tribune Media Bankruptcy Case

By , Delaware Business Court Insider

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has denied the appeal of a hedge fund vying for litigation that could leave it with more money than it is on track to receive in the Tribune Media Co. bankruptcy case.

Aurelius Capital Management, a hedge fund specializing in distressed debt, bought $2 billion of pre-leveraged buyout debt from the Tribune company, former parent company of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. According to Third Circuit Judge Thomas L. Ambro's opinion, Aurelius appealed a district court decision denying Aurelius' appeal of Tribune's Chapter 11 reorganization as equitably moot.

Read more: http://www.delawarelawweekly.com/id=1202735602666/Hedge-Fund-Appeal-Denied-in-Tribune-Media-Bankruptcy-Case#ixzz3k3SOJ5lT

Can a magazine live forever? Scientific American, at 170, is giving it a shot

Can a magazine live forever? Scientific American, at 170, is giving it a shot

Today in Labor History

August 27  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Some 14,000 Chicago teachers who have gone without pay for several months finally collect about $1,400 each - 1934

President Truman orders the U.S. Army to seize all the nation's railroads to prevent a general strike. The railroads were not returned to their owners until two years later - 1950

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

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Print finances high-quality journalism - Editors Weblog

Newspaper circulation figures continue to fall - RTE News

Newspaper Death Spiral Made Plain in One Chart - Observer

The state of the U-T and Tribune Publishing - San Diego Reader

The Virginia shooting and the dark side of the social media age - Poynter

Most of national audience now mobile-only at 4 UK newspapers - Journalism

USA Today Cuts 90 in Buyout Offers to Staffers Age 55 and Older - The Wrap

Ancestry Collaborates with Gannett to Digitally Archive Newspapers - MarketWatch

Ms. Huffington seems to believe that journalism skills are worth nothing - Romenesko

Miami Herald grows audiences with growing number of niche smartphone apps - INMA

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

News crew shot dead on live TV in Virginia* - LA Observed

News crew shot dead on live TV in Virginia* - LA Observed

Journalists rally around fallen broadcasters with #WeStandWithWDBJ

Journalists rally around fallen broadcasters with #WeStandWithWDBJ

Gunman kills reporter and videographer during live broadcast

Gunman kills reporter and videographer during live broadcast

LA Times flashback: 1982 newsroom phone list - Native Intelligence

LA Times flashback: 1982 newsroom phone list - Native Intelligence

Today in Labor History

August 26 - Union Communications Services, Inc.2015.08.24 history 16tons
Fannie Sellins and Joseph Starzeleski are murdered by coal company guards on a picket line in Brackenridge, Pa. Sellins was a United Mine Workers of America organizer and Starzeleski was a miner - 1919
(Sixteen Tons carries the reader down into the dark and dangerous coal mines of the early 1900s, as Italian immigrant Antonio Vacca and his sons encounter cave-ins and fires deep below the earth’s surface.)

After three-quarters of the states had ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, women win their long struggle for the vote - 1920

With America in the depths of the Great Depression, the Comptroller of the Currency announces a temporary halt on foreclosures of first mortgages - 1932

In what some may consider one of the many management decisions that was to help cripple the American auto industry over the following decades, Ford Motor Co. produces its first Edsel. Ford dropped the project two years later after losing approximately $350 million - 1957
2015.08.24 history womens.strike.equality
The Women’s Strike for Equality is staged in cities across the U.S., marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, under which women won the right to vote. A key focus of the strike—in fact, more accurately a series of marches and demonstrations—was equality in the workplace. An estimated 20,000 women participated, some carrying signs with the iconic slogan, “Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot.” Another sign: “Hardhats for Soft Broads” - 1970

More than 1,300 bus drivers on Oahu, Hawaii, begin what is to become a 5-week strike - 2003