Sunday, May 24, 2015

Today in Labor History

After 14 years of construction and the deaths of 27 workers, the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River opens. Newspapers call it “the eighth wonder of the world” - 1883
2015.05.18 history skilled.hands(Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits follows the history of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO from the emergence of building trades councils to the age of the skyscraper. It takes the reader through treacherous fights over jurisdiction as new building materials and methods of work evolved and describes numerous Department campaigns to improve safety standards, work with contractors to promote unionized construction, and forge a sense of industrial unity among its fifteen (and at times nineteen) autonomous and highly diverse affiliates. Arranged chronologically, Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits is based on archival research in Department, AFL-CIO, and U.S. government records as well as numerous union journals, the local and national press, and interviews with former Department officers.)
Some 2,300 members of the United Rubber Workers, on strike for 10 months against five Bridgestone-Firestone plants, agree to return to work without a contract. They had been fighting demands for 12-hour shifts and wage increases tied to productivity gains - 1995

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Los Angeles Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Arizona Republic is 125 years old. Here are 3 ways it’s now connecting with the community

The Arizona Republic is 125 years old. Here are 3 ways it’s now connecting with the community

Today in Labor History

An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, strike in the Philadelphia area. Among the issues: 60-hour workweeks, including night hours, for the children - 19032015.05.18 history toledo
The Battle of Toledo begins today: a five-day running battle between roughly 6,000 strikers at the Electric Auto-Lite company of Toledo, Ohio, and 1,300 members of the Ohio National Guard. Two strikers died and more than 200 were injured. The battle began in the sixth week of what ultimately became a successful two-month fight for union recognition and higher pay. One guardsman told a Toledo Blade reporter: "Our high school graduation is ... tonight and we were supposed to be getting our diplomas” – 1934
U.S. railroad strike starts, later crushed when President Truman threatens to draft strikers - 1946
The Granite Cutters Int’l Association of America merges with Tile, Marble, Terrazzo, Finishers & Shopmen, which five years later merged into the Carpenters - 1983

Friday, May 22, 2015

Former Hillary Clinton deputy: NYT reporter is ‘pain in the ass’

Former Hillary Clinton deputy: NYT reporter is ‘pain in the ass’

Newspaper carrier attacked by drunken men, delivers papers anyway

Newspaper carrier attacked by drunken men, delivers papers anyway

Meet the New President and COO of The San Diego Union-Tribune


Russ Newton
  • President and Chief Operating Officer of The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Started in newspapers in 1978 at the Wisconsin State Journal in advertising, then moved to the pressroom
  • Became a journey person press operator working at The Army Times
  • Started career with the Tribune Co. at the Chicago Tribune, working in the pressroom as a crew supervisor, training supervisor and shift supervisor
  • Pressroom manager, production manager at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va.
  • Packaging Manager at Orlando Sentinel
  • Vice President of Operations at Landoll’s Inc. a children’s publishing company
  • Joined The Times in 2000 as President of California Community News
  • Appointed Vice President of Operations at the Los Angeles Times in 2005, Senior Vice President in 2007, took on Home Delivery Operations in 2009
  • Named Senior Vice President at Tribune Publishing over all eight Tribune Newspapers in 2014
  • Named Publisher of Times Community Papers in 2015
  • Serves on the board of the International Newspaper Group

Today in Labor History

Eugene V. Debs imprisoned in Woodstock, Ill., for role in Pullman strike - 1895
2015.05.18 history debscross(The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs: Eugene V. Debs was a labor activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who captured the heart and soul of the nation’s working people. He was brilliant, sincere, compassionate and scrupulously honest. A founder of one of the nation’s first industrial unions, the American Railway Union, he went on to help launch the Industrial Workers of the World—the Wobblies. A man of firm beliefs and dedication, he ran for President of the United States five times under the banner of the Socialist Party, in 1912 earning 6 percent of the popular vote.)
While white locomotive firemen on the Georgia Railroad strike, blacks who are hired as replacements are whipped and stoned—not by the union men, but by white citizens outraged that blacks are being hired over whites. The Engineers union threatens to stop work because their members are being affected by the violence - 1909
Civil Service Retirement Act of 1920 gives federal workers a pension - 1920
President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the goals of his Great Society social reforms: to bring “an end to poverty and racial injustice” in America - 1964

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tribune Publishing restores San Diego Union-Tribune’s old name

Tribune Publishing restores San Diego Union-Tribune’s old name

This memo from Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner to employees


The Los Angeles Times’ parent company has completed its acquisition of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

This is exciting news for all of us as we bring together two outstanding institutions with a singular commitment to excellence in journalism.

As we move forward, we will reestablish the name of this historic publication, The San Diego Union-Tribune, which has long been synonymous with quality journalism and public service.

The team at The San Diego Union-Tribune will be led on a day-to-day basis by Russ Newton, the new President and Chief Operating Officer. He will report to me in my role as Publisher and Chief Executive Officer.

Russ will work closely with Editor Jeff Light, Managing Editor Lora Cicalo, and Bill Osborne, Editorial and Opinion Director.

What won’t change is The San Diego Union-Tribune’s place as an independent voice of the San Diego community, devoted to informing, engaging and serving its readers.

I look forward to working with all of you.


Tribune Publishing Company Completes Acquisition of The San Diego Union-Tribune

Tribune Publishing Company Completes Acquisition of The San Diego Union-Tribune And Its Portfolio of Nine Community Weeklies and Related Digital Properties

CHICAGO--()--Tribune Publishing Company (NYSE:TPUB) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of MLIM, LLC, owner of The San Diego Union-Tribune, as well as nine community weeklies and related digital properties in San Diego County. The purchase price was $85 million plus the assumption of obligations for a single-employer pension plan. At closing, Tribune Publishing paid $71 million in cash, after working capital adjustments, and issued $12 million in Tribune Publishing common stock.
The San Diego Union-Tribune has garnered four Pulitzer Prizes and has a 146-year history of providing daily news and information in San Diego, the second-largest city in California and the eighth largest in the United States. In conjunction with the acquisition and expansion, Tribune Publishing formed the California News Group to oversee operations in Los Angeles and San Diego.
About Tribune Publishing
Tribune Publishing Company (NYSE:TPUB) is a diversified media and marketing-solutions company that delivers innovative experiences for audiences and advertisers across all platforms. The company’s diverse portfolio of iconic news and information brands includes 11 award-winning major daily titles, more than 60 digital properties and more than 180 verticals in markets, including Los Angeles; San Diego; Chicago; South Florida; Orlando; Baltimore; Carroll County and Annapolis, Md.; Hartford, Conn.; Allentown, Pa., and Newport News, Va. Tribune Publishing also offers an array of customized marketing solutions, and operates a number of niche products, including HoyEl Sentinel and VidaLatina, making Tribune Publishing the country’s largest Spanish-language publisher. Tribune Publishing Company is headquartered in Chicago.


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Matthew Hutchison, 312-222-3305
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Kimbre Neidhart, 469-528-9366
Assistant Treasurer & Investor Relations
Los Angeles Times
Johanna Maska, 213-237-6160
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
The San Diego Union-Tribune
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Senior Director, Marketing & Public Relations

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Big Bear Lake, California

On the value of fish wrap... - San Diego Reader

Several USA Today editors take buyouts - Romenesko

Tribune Media declares 25-cent dividend - The News Tribune

Nikki Finke returns with Hollywood fiction site - LAObserved

A Mental-Health Epidemic In The Newsroom - Huffington Post

Boston Herald editorial employees reject contract - Media Nation

Homeless newspaper coming (again) to Tampa - The Tampa Tribune

The great devaluation of the American daily newspaper - Ken Doctor

Journal seeks buyouts amid ‘serious realignment’ - Capital New York

Newspapers' ongoing search for subscription revenue - The Conversation

Study: Washington insiders haven’t given up on print

Study: Washington insiders haven’t given up on print

How Newspapers Are Made: Jefferson City News Tribune

New Officers Sworn In at Los Angeles Times GCC-IBT Local 140N

New Officers Sworn In

GCC/IBT Local 140-N newly elected (white ballot) Officers were officially sworn in today assuming their positions. 
(L to R) Shop Steward, Richard Olmeda, Secretary Treasurer, Timothy Robinson, Sgt. At Arms, Jesse DeGeytere, President, Cesar Calderon, Vice President, John Martin and Board Member, Gerald Leavenworth.

Today in Labor History

Italian activists and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, widely believed to have been framed for murder, go on trial today. They eventually are executed as part of a government campaign against dissidents - 1921
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The “Little Wagner Act” is signed in Hawaii, guaranteeing pineapple and sugar workers the right to bargain collectively. After negotiations failed, a successful 79-day strike shut
down 33 of the territory’s 34 plantations and brought higher wages and a 40-hour week - 1945
Nearly 100,000 unionized SBC Communications Inc. workers begin a 4-day strike to protest the local phone giant’s latest contract offer - 2004
May 20
The Railway Labor Act takes effect today. It is the first federal legislation protecting workers’ rights to form unions - 1926
Some 9,000 rubber workers strike in Akron, Ohio - 1933
May 19
Two hundred sixteen miners die from an explosion and its aftermath at the Fraterville Mine in Anderson County, Tenn. All but three of Fraterville’s adult males were killed. The mine had a reputation for fair contracts and pay—miners were represented by the United Mine Workers—and was considered safe; methane may have leaked in from a nearby mine - 1902
2015.05.18 history hatfieldShootout in Matewan, W. Va., between striking union miners (led by Police Chief Sid Hatfield) and coal company agents. Ten died, including seven agents - 1920
The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, formed by the Congress of Industrial Organizations, formally becomes the United Steelworkers of America - 1942
A total of 31 dockworkers are killed, 350 workers and others are injured when four barges carrying 467 tons of ammunition blow up at South Amboy, N.J. They were loading mines that had been deemed unsafe by the Army and were being shipped to the Asian market for sale - 1950

Man arrested in connection with newspaper carrier slaying

Man arrested in connection with newspaper carrier slaying

Monday, May 18, 2015

Another film critic down: Claudia Puig - LA Observed

Another film critic down: Claudia Puig - LA Observed

Today in Labor History

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In what may have been baseball’s first labor strike, the Detroit Tigers refuse to play after team leader Ty Cobb is suspended: he went into the stands and beat a fan who had been heckling him. Cobb was reinstated and the Tigers went back to work after the team manager’s failed attempt to replace the players with a local college team: their pitcher gave up 24 runs - 1912
Amalgamated Meat Cutters union organizers launch a campaign in the nation’s packinghouses, an effort that was to bring representation to 100,000 workers over the following two years - 1917
Big Bill Haywood, a founding member and leader of the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies), dies in exile in the Soviet Union - 1928
Atlanta transit workers, objecting to a new city requirement that they be fingerprinted as part of the employment process, go on strike. They relented and returned to work six months later - 1950
Insurance Agents Int’l Union and Insurance Workers of America merge to become Insurance Workers Int’l Union (later to merge into the UFCW) - 1959
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Oklahoma jury finds for the estate of atomic worker Karen Silkwood, orders Kerr-McGee Nuclear Co. to pay $505,000 in actual damages, $10 million in punitive damages for negligence leading to Silkwood’s plutonium contamination - 1979
(The Killing of Karen Silkwood is an updated edition of the groundbreaking book about the death of union activist Karen Silkwood, an employee of a plutonium processing plant, who was killed in a mysterious car crash on her way to deliver important documents to a newspaper reporter in 1974. Silkwood’s death at age 28 was highly suspicious: she had been working on health and safety issues at the plant, and a lot of people stood to benefit by her death.)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Healing Prayers Needed for my friend Larry Cornwall

As Journey Revisited set their equipment up at The Viper Room last night I ran across a disturbing message from my friend Larry Cornwall. Larry is a well know musician in the tribute band scene, and is best know for his tribute to Alice Cooper with his group Alice in Cooperland. Extremely friendly with all his fans and very talented in bringing joy to the large audiences he entertains. I'm sending prayers for his complete recovery, and I hope you will do so also. The message below is from Larry.

Larry Cornwall wrote:

I have been in the hospital and they have determined that there is a mass in my brain larger than a golf ball.

My speech has been slurred and garbled. The doctors were hoping it was sarcoidosis, which is in my lungs. Unfortunately it's been determined that a I have malignant tumor in my brain.

I will keep fighting as I always do. 

Thank you for all your friendship and support. I thank of all of my family.
I am having a biopsy in my brain on Monday.

Please don't ask about shows yet I don't know the status. Of course I want to be back as soon as possible.

I really will be bummed it looks like I need to cut my hair for the first time. I'll need to have to donate it to some one.

Or maybe I can make a wig for myself.

it's been a tough year but I have a lot to be thankful for. My incredible family. I have traveled the world and met great new and old friends. My Baja and fishing has been world class.

I wish you the best of luck and life.
Be good to everyone.

I hope to see you soon at one of the shows. If not I hope to see you guys on the other side.

Love you

Today in Labor History

Minneapolis general strike backs Teamsters, who are striking most of the city’s trucking companies - 1934
U.S. Supreme Court issues Mackay decision, which permits the permanent replacement of striking workers. The decision had little impact until Ronald Reagan’s replacement of striking air traffic controllers (PATCO) in 1981, a move that signaled anti-union private sector employers that it was OK to do likewise - 1938
Black labor leader and peace activist A. Philip Randolph dies. He was president of 2015.05.11 history a philip randolphthe Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and first Black on the AFL-CIO executive board, and a principal organizer of the 1963 March on Washington - 1979

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

The rise and fall of the 'Irish Press' - Irish Times

No changes anticipated as result of UT sale - Ramona Sentinel

2015 Gerald Loeb Award Finalists Announced - Business Wire

With Warren, Tribune rounds out its strategy - Capital New York

Six month newspaper circulation reports are gone for good - Poynter

For generations of youth, newspaper was first job - Daily American News

Digital First Media opts not to sell newspapers as CEO quits - Albany Business

The LA Times Gives The New York Times A Taste Of Its Own Medicine - LAist

Florida Newspaper Really, Really Regrets This Front-Page Gun show ad - Gawker

Is the answer to declining print advertising really to give up on print? - Talking New Media

Memo: Film critic Betsy Sharkey 'heading home to Texas' - LA Observed

Memo: Film critic Betsy Sharkey 'heading home to Texas' - LA Observed

The exodus from the Los Angeles Times continues....

Here’s why NBC News took Facebook’s Instant Articles deal

Here’s why NBC News took Facebook’s Instant Articles deal

Today in Labor History

Pope Leo XIII issues revolutionary encyclical 'Rerum novarum' in defense of workers and the right to organize. Forty years later to the day, Pope Pius XI issues 'Quadragesimo anno,’ believed by many to be even more radical than Leo XIII’s - 1891
U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Samuel Gompers and other union leaders for supporting a boycott at the Buck Stove and Range Co. in St. Louis, where workers were striking for a 9-hour day. A lower court had forbidden the boycott and sentenced the unionists to prison for refusing to obey the judge’s anti-boycott injunction - 1906
The Library Employees’ Union is founded in New York City, the first union of public library workers in the United States. A major2015.05.11 history beginnersfocus of the union was the inferior status of women library workers and their low salaries - 1917
(Union for Beginners: Written and profusely illustrated in a user-friendly, accessible style, Unions for Beginners lays down a simple presentation of the colorful epic story of the struggle of working people to rise from lives dominated by toil and underpaid work to becoming full-fledged participants in the American dream they helped to build. Unions for Beginners presents the history of unions and the labor movement, the principles underlying union organizing, the decline of unions in the shadow of the rising corporate state, and the resurgence in the 21st century of union activism.)
The first labor bank opens in Washington, D.C., launched by officers of the Machinists. The Locomotive Engineers opened a bank in Cleveland later that year - 1920
Death of IWW songwriter T-Bone Slim, New York City - 1942

2015.05.11 history teamsters.strikeWall Street Journal reporter Jonathon Kwitney reports that AFL-CIO President George Meany, Secretary-Treasurer Lane Kirkland and other union officials are among the 60 leading stockholders in the 15,000-acre Punta Cana, Dominican Republic resort. When the partners needed help clearing the land, the Dominican president sent troops to forcibly evict stubborn, impoverished tobacco farmers and fishermen who had lived there for generations, according to Kwitney’s expose - 1973

B.B. King Rest in Peace

B.B. King passed last night in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at the the age of 89. Known worldwide for his unique style of blues, that influenced many in the music industry, his music will live on.

Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1925, on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi, the son of sharecroppers Albert and Nora Ella King. He considered the nearby city of Indianola, Mississippi to be his home. When Riley was 4 years old, his mother left his father for another man, so the boy was raised by his maternal grandmother, Elnora Farr, in Kilmichael, Mississippi.
While young, King sang in the gospel choir at Elkhorn Baptist Church in Kilmichael. It seems that at the age of 12 he purchased his first guitar for $15.00, although another source indicates he was given his first guitar by Bukka White, his mother's first cousin (King's grandmother and White's mother were sisters). In 1943, King left Kilmichael to work as a tractor driver and play guitar with the Famous St. John's Quartet of Inverness, Mississippi, performing at area churches and on WGRM in Greenwood, Mississippi
In 1946, King followed Bukka White to Memphis, Tennessee. White took him in for the next ten months. However, King returned to Mississippi shortly afterward, where he decided to prepare himself better for the next visit, and returned to West Memphis, Arkansas, two years later in 1948. He performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM in West Memphis, where he began to develop an audience. King's appearances led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis and later to a ten-minute spot on the Memphis radio station WDIA. The radio spot became so popular that it was expanded and became the Sepia Swing Club.
Initially he worked at WDIA as a singer and disc jockey, gaining the nickname "Beale Street Blues Boy", which was later shortened to "Blues Boy" and finally to B.B. It was there that he first met T-Bone Walker. King said, "Once I'd heard him for the first time, I knew I'd have to have [an electric guitar] myself. 'Had' to have one, short of stealing!"

Rock Me Baby-BB King/Eric Clapton/Buddy Guy/Jim Vaughn