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Friday, August 01, 2014

Today in Labor History

August 01  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.
After organizing a strike of metal miners against the Anaconda Company, Wobbly organizer Frank Little is dragged by six masked men from his Butte, Mont., hotel room and hung from the Milwaukee Railroad trestle. Years later writer Dashiell Hammett would recall his early days as a Pinkerton detective agency operative and recount how a mine company representative offered him $5,000 to kill Little. Hammett says he quit the business that night - 1917
Sid Hatfield, police chief of Matewan, W. Va., a longtime supporter of the United Mine Workers union, is murdered by company goons. This soon led to the Battle of Blair Mountain, a labor uprising also referred to as the Red Neck War - 1921 2014.07.28history-hilo-massacre

Police in Hilo, Hawaii, open fire on 200 demonstrators supporting striking waterfront workers. The attack became known as "the Hilo Massacre" - 1938
A 17-day, company-instigated wildcat strike in Philadelphia tries to bar eight African-American trolley operators from working. Transport Workers Union members stay on the job in support of the men - 1944
Government & Civic Employees Organizing Committee merges into State, County & Municipal Employees - 1956
Window Glass Cutters League of America merges with Glass Bottle Blowers - 1975
Ten-month strike against Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel wins agreement guaranteeing defined-benefit pensions for 4,500 Steelworkers - 1997
California School Employees Association affiliates with AFL-CIO - 2001

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Three-day ceasefire begins in Gaza Strip - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Three-day ceasefire begins in Gaza Strip - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Tumblr page shows how much news orgs pay photographers

Tumblr page shows how much news orgs pay photographers

The Sad, Sad Story Of California's Underpaid Public Employees

Advice Goddess Blog

Is California Back?

Sacramento politicians love to say that we’ve made a California Comeback. As the state with the highest poverty rate in America, I wanted to see for myself if this is true.Neel Kashkari

The Republican candidate for governor of California went to the city of Fresno to spend a week homeless and made this video about his experience. B.S. or commendable?Jacob Soboroff


Thursday Night in the Blogosphere

New Newspaper Division begins August 4th, 2014 - Stock Symbol TPUB


Junior State visits the Los Angeles Times - Bill Boyarsky

Hearst's magazine chief is still hot on print deals - CNBC

Newspapers' scrutiny of each other can be good - BDlive

Editors want people to speak up. But politely, please - Editors Weblog

LA Times shifts top foreign, national and metro editors - Kevin Roderick

E.W. Scripps Co. shedding newspaper assets; Star to join new company - VC Star

News Corp considers app-based news service to attract 'millennials' - The Guardian

Splitsville: Why newspapers and TV are going their separate ways corporately - Poynter

chicagotribune.com launches new design as company prepares spin off  - Chicago Tribune

Scripps, Journal Communications will combine broadcast groups, spin off newspapers

Scripps, Journal Communications will combine broadcast groups, spin off newspapers

Water lost in Sunset break doubles to 20 million gallons - LA Observed

Water lost in Sunset break doubles to 20 million gallons - LA Observed

The Pfaffinger Foundation is a charity

The following message arrived this morning as a comment, I feel it's worth repeating for all to see as the Newspaper division prepares to separate from the broadcasting division on Monday August 4th, 2014 from SpinCo, also known as The Tribune Company.

Anonymous said...
The Pfaffinger Foundation is a charity founded by a person separate from the Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror, the Chandler family and/or the Tribune Company. It cannot be claimed as an asset of another entity since it is fully autonomous and supported and governed by itself. It can, however, have its assets and charitable outputs misdirected by those on the board who may be influenced by the entities listed above.

When it was founded, it was for the exclusive benefit of Times Mirror Company employees (TMC) and no one else. Spending (foundation giving) on anything other than TMC employees demonstrates how its giving has been mis-guided by board members who are influenced by the entities stated above.

It is also my understanding that the support it provides to TMC employees originally was to be long term and not just short term help. The desire to provide only short term help for financially challenged TMC employees is most likely driven by the desire to have available funds to support causes that help the entities above who load the board with officers who will do as they are told and support non-employee giving.

The way the foundation is being run today seems far from the desire that Mr. Pfaffinger had when he set it up, during a time of the Great Depression when he saw thousands suffering. What he wanted to do was to help during a time similar to the past 20 years. When so many TMC employees have suffered as the print paper's relevancy is dying, bundled with the effects of the Great Recession.

The real truth seems to be that the Pfaffinger Foundation proceeds have been hijacked for over 50 years at the loss of those he really wanted to help -- TMC employees. 

Today in Labor History

Members of the National Football League Players Association begin what is to be a 2-day strike, their first. The issues: pay, pensions, the right to arbitration and the right to have agents - 1970
Fifty-day baseball strike ends - 1981
2014.07.28history-contcostThe Great Shipyard Strike of 1999 ends after Steelworkers at Newport News Shipbuilding ratify a breakthrough agreement which nearly doubles pensions, increases security, ends inequality, and provides the highest wage increases in company and industry history to nearly 10,000 workers at the yard. The strike lasted 15 weeks - 1999
(Contract Costing for Union Negotiators: This incredibly helpful manual for union negotiators explains both the fundamentals and the details of costing a collective agreement to prepare for and conduct your contract negotiations.  It describes the principal ways that contract costs are calculated and expressed by negotiators, and guides you through the process of accurately calculating average wages for your bargaining unit—for contracts with step progression and those without.)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Guards at empty prison threaten news crew with arrest

Guards at empty prison threaten news crew with arrest

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Some newspapers consider all newspapers produced as their circulation, 
even though a large percentage go unsold



AARP members are keeping print alive? - Romenesko

These six numbers tell Tribune Publishing's future - Crain's

Readers continue to shift to digital over print - Wall Street Journal

We Can Save Journalism but Can Journalism Save Me? - Emily Hopkins

Koos Bekker predicts print media will be dead within 20 years - Memeburn

Jerry Wright explains the changes to regional newspaper figures - Media Week

Trends in Newsrooms #6: The rise (and fall) of women editors - Editors Weblog

Ad Sales Drop Cause New York Times Profits to Collapse 54% - Breitbart News

Channel 7 pranked by faux DWP spokesman on UCLA flooding (video) - LAObserved

NY Times is considering a truncated version of its daily print edition - Capital New York

Today in Labor History

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President Lyndon Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965, establishing Medicare and Medicaid - 1965
Former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears. Declared legally dead in 1982, his body has never been found - 1975
United Airlines agrees to offer domestic-partner benefits to employees and retirees worldwide - 1999

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Anti-Israel groups have compiled a blacklist of celebrities that support Israel.

We thought we'd share the list with our readers as well.



Adam Sandler
Allan Houston
Amar'e Stoudemire
Amy Pascale
Anne Kopelson
Annette Bening
Arnon Milchan
Ari Emanuel
Arnold Kopelson
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arthur Cohn
Ashton Kutcher
Avi Arad
Avi Lerner
Ben F. Feingold
Ben Kingsley
Ben Stein
Ben Stiller
Bernie Mac
Bill Maher
Billy Crystal
Black Eyed Peas
Boaz Davidson
Bob Gale
Bob Hope
Branko Lustig
Brooke Shields
Bruce Ramer
Bruce Willis
Bryan Cranston
Carol Connors
Chazz Palminteri
Chris Noth
Clint Culpepper
Colin Callender
Cyntheia Pett-Dante
Dakota Fanning
Dan Akroyd
Danny Dimbort
Daniel Adam Sussman
Danny DeVito
Darren Star
David Cronenberg
David Lonner
David Matalon
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Miller
Deran Sarafian
Dick Donnor
Don Johnson
Don King
Donald Trump
Doug Liman
Dwight Howard
Ed Zwick
Elizabeth Taylor
Emmanual Nunez
Enrique Iglesias
Eric Braeden
Evan Sayet
Frank Price
Frank Sinatra
Gail Berman
Gary Barber
Gary Sinise
Gene Simmons
Glenn Beck
Gloria Carlin
Goldie Hawn
Haim Saban
Halle Berry
Harrison Ford
Howard Gordon
Hugh Jackman (?)
Howard Rosenman
Ivan Reitman
Irwin Winkler
Jack Carter
Jackie Mason
Jack Gilardi
James Woods
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jason Alexander
Jason Isaacs
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Jerry Seinfeld
Joel Surnow
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten)
John Malkovich
John Savage
Jon Avnet
Jon Liebman
Jon Voight
Jonathan Glickman
Jonathan Lipnicki
Joshua Malina
Julio Iglesias
K’s Choice
Kate Linder
Kathy Ireland
Keifer Sutherland
Kelly Kruger
Kelly Preston
Kid Rock
Kirk Douglas
Kobe Bryant
Kristin Chenowith
Larry Elder
Larry Gelbart
Larry Miller
Laura Ziskin
Lauren Shuler Donner
Lawerence Bender
Lenny Kravitz
Liev Schreiber
Lionel Chetwynd
Lisa Kudrow
Madonna
Maria Conchita Alonso
Marc Platt
Mark Gochman
Matt DelPiano
Official Mayim Bialik Page
MC Hammer
Melissa Manchester
Meyer Gottlieb
Michael Chiklis
Michael Douglas
Michael Mann
Michael Welch
Millie Perkins
Naomi Watts
Natalie Portman
Nathalia Ramos
Nathan Kahane
Neal Moritz
Neil Sedaka
Nicole Kidman
Nina Jacobson
Norah Jones
Norm Crosby
Paula Abdul
Pat Sajak
Patricia Heaton
Phil Blazer
Randall Emmett
Regina Spektor
Rick Finkelstein
Rob Lowe
Robert J. Avrech
Robert Duvall
Robin Williams
Roger Birnbaum
Roger L Simon
Ron Meyer
Ron Silver
Rupert Murdoch
Sacha Baron Cohen
Sam Raimi
Sam Schwartz
Sandy Wernick
Sarah Jessica Parker
Scarlett Johansson
Scott Lambert
Scott Patterson
Serena Williams
Seth Rogen
Shaun Toub
Sherry Lansing
Sir Ridley Scott
Stephen Dorff
Steve Scheffer
Steve Tyler
Summer Redstone
Sylvester Stallone
Ted Nugent
Thomas Calabro
Tom Cruise
Tobey Maguire
Tom Dressen
Tony Bennett
Tony Scott
Valerie Harper
Vivica A. Fox
Warren Beatty
Whitney Houston (deceased -ed.)
William Friedkin
William Hurt
William Shatner
Zach Braff

Trees to Tribunes" 1931 Chicago Tribune


Logging and Papermaking: "From Trees to Tribunes" Part 1 - 1931 Chicago Tribune  



Newspaper Cartoonists: "From Trees to Tribunes" Part 2 - 1931 Chicago Tribune




Newspaper Printing (Letterpress) "From Trees to Tribunes" Part 3 1931 Chicago Tribune