Saturday, October 03, 2015

Today in Labor History

October 03  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The state militia is called in after 164 high school students in Kincaid, Ill., go on strike when the school board buys coal from the scab Peabody Coal Co. - 1932
The Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America is founded in Camden, N.J. It eventually merged with the Int’l Association of Machinists, in 1988 - 1933
Pacific Greyhound Lines bus drivers in seven western states begin what is to become a 3-week strike, eventually settling for a 10.5-percent raise - 1945
The United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) is formed as a self-governing union, an outgrowth of the CIO's Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee. UPWA merged with the Meatcutters union in 1968, which in turn merged with the Retail Clerks in 1979, forming the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) - 1943
The United Auto Workers calls for a company-wide strike against Ford Motor Co., the first since Ford’s initial contract with the union 20 years earlier - 1961
Folk singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie ("This Land is Your Land", "Union Maid" and hundreds of others) dies of Huntington's disease in New York at the age of 55 - 1967
Baseball umpires strike for recognition of their newly-formed Major League Umpires Association, win after one day - 1970

Friday, October 02, 2015

Friday Night in the Blogosphere

Newspapers make a comeback (not) - Matt Carroll

The Plot Against Student Newspapers? - The Atlantic

Why community newspapers matter - The News and Observer

APG Media buys 4 Wyoming newspapers - Washington Times

California libel protection now covers online publications - CJR

Tribune Publishing Under Pressure in Los Angeles - Media Star

Honoring Neil deGrasse Tyson for his journalism - Buzz Machine

After 48 years in newspapers, Joe Blackstock is history - Daily Bulletin

Gannett’s chief people officer would like to see more people leave - Romenesko

World’s Press Condemns Attack on Journalist and on Press Freedom - Editors Weblog

National Press Club to sell its Rockwell for as much as $15 million

National Press Club to sell its Rockwell for as much as $15 million

Printing - 1947 - Printing Press Work and Use

The Gathering for Shepherd's Pantry

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Today’s front pages: ‘Again.’ ‘Numb.’ ‘When will it end?’

Today’s front pages: ‘Again.’ ‘Numb.’ ‘When will it end?’

Today in Labor History

October 02  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

American Federation of Labor officially endorses campaign for a 6-hour day, 5-day workweek - 1934
Joining with 400,000 coal miners already on strike, 500,000 CIO steel workers close down the nation’s foundries, steel and iron mills, demanding pensions and better wages and working conditions - 1949
Starbucks Workers Union baristas at an outlet in East Grand Rapids, Mich., organized by the Wobblies, win their grievances after the National Labor Relations Board cites the company for labor law violations, including threats against union activists - 2007
(Grievance Guide, 13th edition: This easy-to-use handbook documents patterns in a wide range of commonly grieved areas including discharge and discipline, leaves of absence, promotions, strikes and lockouts, and more. The editors give a complete picture of the precedents and guidelines that arbitrators are using to address grievance cases today.)

Union members, progressives and others rally in Washington D.C., under the Banner of One Nation Working Together, demand “good jobs, equal justice, and quality education for all.” Crowd estimates range from tens of thousands to 200,000 - 2010

October 01
An ink storage room in the L.A. Timesbuilding is dynamited during a citywide fight over labor rights and organizing.  The explosion was relatively minor, but it set off a fire in the unsafe, difficult-to-evacuate building, ultimately killing 21.  A union member eventually confessed to the bombing, which he said was supposed to have occurred early in the morning when the building would have been largely unoccupied – 1910

The George Washington Bridge officially opens, spanning the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York. Thirteen workers died during the four-year construction project for what at the time was the longest main span in the world - 1931

Thousands of dairy farmers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa strike in demand of higher prices for their milk - 1935
The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened as the first toll superhighway in the United States.  It was built in most part by workers hired through the state’s Re-Employment offices - 1940

United Transport Service Employees of America merges with Brotherhood of Railway, Airline & Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express & Station Employees – 1972
Some 200 Pressmen begin what is to become a two-year strike at the Washington Post. Nine of the paper’s ten other unions engaged in sympathy strikes for more than four months but ultimately returned to their jobs as the paper continued publishing. The press operators picketed for 19 months but eventually decertified the union - 1975

Insurance Workers Int’l Union merges with United Food & Commercial Workers Int’l Union - 1983

Railroad Yardmasters of America merge with United Transportation Union - 1985

Pattern Makers League of North America merges with Int’l Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - 1991

The National Hockey League team owners began a lockout of the players that lasted 103 days - 1994

Stove, Furnace & Allied Appliance Workers Int’l Union of North America merges with Int’l Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, & Helpers - 1994

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union merges with United Food and Commercial Workers Int’l Union - 1998

Int’l Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine & Furniture Workers merges with Communications Workers of America - 2000

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The sheriff of Roseburg, Oregon allegedly wrote this letter to VP Joe Biden

By Tony Pierce

The sheriff of Roseburg, Oregon allegedly wrote this letter to VP Joe Biden in 2013 to say he won't enforce "unconstitutional" gun control laws.
"Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings," Sheriff John Hanlin wrote, but didn't say what he thought would prevent them.

Philly media owner explored a nonprofit path

Philly media owner explored a nonprofit path

Valley and Sacramento push back at Beutner firing - LA Observed

Valley and Sacramento push back at Beutner firing - LA Observed

Los Angeles Times Publisher Fired After Barely a Year on the Job

Published on Sep 8, 2015
Tribune Publishing Company has fired the publisher of the Los Angeles Times after little more than a year on the job. Tribune gave no public explanation for Austin Buetner’s abrupt departure. It appointed Timothy Ryan, publisher of the Baltimore Sun, to replace Buetner as head of the company’s California Newspaper Group. The Chicago Tribune, one of 11 major daily newspapers under Tribune Publishing, reported that company leaders were unhappy with the financial performance of the Los Angeles Times and with some of Beutner’s high-profile hires.


LA Times Sanctioned As Whistleblower Suit Marches On

Law360, Los Angeles (September 23, 2015, 9:47 PM ET) -- A California judge on Wednesday sanctioned the Los Angeles Times for willful abuse of discovery procedure and said a contractor can proceed with most claims in his suit alleging he was fired in retaliation for reporting circulation fraud at the metropolitan daily.

Tom Daley, the owner of a sales and advertising firm that works with newspaper companies, filed his lawsuit against Los Angeles Times Communications and parent companies Tribune Media Company and Tribune Publishing Company in February. Daley claims in early 2013 he was awarded a...

Shuttering of Philadelphia City Paper latest in series of alt-weekly closures

Shuttering of Philadelphia City Paper latest in series of alt-weekly closures

This memo comes from Tribune Publishing Chief Revenue Officer Michael Rooney

From: Tribune Publishing
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2015 6:42 AM
Subject: A Message from Michael Rooney
When Apple introduced the world to the new iPhone 6s, the company turned to the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, taking out full-page print ads that have run three separate times.
With healthcare approaching its busiest season of the year, United Healthcare extended their national buy to encompass all of Tribune Publishing’s markets, including ROP print ads across all of our publications, as well as digital initiatives in Allentown and Orlando.
And when luxury fashion and cosmetics brands such as Burberry, Net A Porter, and ULTA wanted to extend the reach of their campaigns, they turned to our properties to tell their stories.
We have made tremendous progress in demonstrating to the national marketplace how our brands and products are engaging and motivating consumers across all platforms.
What sets Tribune Publishing apart from many of our peers is our national footprint of powerful brands across 11 attractive markets, including the second- and third-largest in the country. Collectively, our brands attract almost 42 million unique users every month, providing marketers with the reach and scale necessary to motivate our coveted audiences, which are some of the most influential in the country.
At the heart of our collective strength is the great journalism that makes our print, digital and mobile products stand out. Marketers want to appear next to premium content, and our award-winning publications are the most-trusted sources of news and information across all platforms in the communities they serve. They also now reach more consumers than ever before in their respective histories.
We have a heritage that is rich in storytelling, which lends itself well to the growing custom content business. We recently created a unique solution for DirecTV to market their NFL Sunday Ticket package in Los Angeles. The campaign, which was created to tell the story of why Los Angeles does not have an NFL team, drew on more 200 years of archived stories and photos from the Los Angeles Times. I encourage you to check out the campaign here.
The local and national ad sales teams are working hard every day to demonstrate the power of our offerings and to take full advantage of our tremendous potential. Above all, our teams are focused on creating a culture that revolves around serving our marketing partners in the best ways possible.
As I said, we have made tremendous progress in demonstrating to the national marketplace how our brands and products can engage and motivate consumers across all platforms. I look forward to sharing more of our success in the months ahead.
Thank you for contributing to our success.

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

"Tribune Publisher Says Kids Are Going to Start Reading Newspapers Any Day Now: 
Once this internet fad blows over."

Throw the (Chicago Tribune) Bums Out! - City Watch L.A.

Tribune Publishing CEO says he’s bullish on print - Poynter


Americans' Trust in Media Remains at Historical Low - Gallup

Austin Beutner’s L.A. Times Was a Blast from the Past - Zocalo

LA Times hires again, this time in Washington bureau - LAObserved

Kids Are Going to Start Reading Newspapers Any Day Now - Recode

Ex-LA Times Sports Writer Is Paranoid, Psychologist Testifies - Law360

The Los Angeles Times Buyout Boom 1993 - American Journalism Review

New York Times gains edge over Tribune Publishing with digital expansion - Moody's

Guess which state just passed a landmark shield law to protect reporters?

Guess which state just passed a landmark shield law to protect reporters?

Where's The Blogging Pressman?

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Today in Labor History

Striking textile workers in Fall River, Mass., demand bread for their starving children - 1875
The Int’l Typographical Union renews a strike against the Los Angeles Times; a boycott runs intermittently from 1896 to 1908.
 A local anti-Times committee in 1903 persuades William Randolph Hearst to start a rival paper, the Los Angeles Examiner. Although the ITU kept up the fight into the 1920s, the Times remained totally nonunion until 2009, when the GCIU—now the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters—organized the pressroom – 1893
 Int’l Ladies' Garment Workers Union begins strike against Triangle Shirtwaist Co. This would become the "Uprising of the 20,000," resulting in 339 of 352 struck firms—but not Triangle—signing agreements with the union. The Triangle fire that killed 246 would occur less than two years later - 1909

Twenty-nine west coast ports lock out 10,500 workers in response to what management says is a worker slowdown in the midst of negotiations on a new contract. The ports are closed for 10 days, reopen when President George W. Bush invokes the Taft-Hartley Act - 2002
September 26
The Old 97, a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail, derails near Danville, Va., killing engineer Joseph “Steve” Broady and ten other railroad and postal workers.  Many believe Broady had been ordered to speed to make up for lost time.  The Wreck of the Old 97 inspired balladeers; a 1924 recording is sometimes cited as the first million-selling country music record - 1903
The first production Ford Model T leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Mich. It was the first car ever manufactured on an assembly line, with interchangeable parts. The auto industry was to become a major U.S. employer, accounting for as many as one of every eight to 10 jobs in the country - 1908

Friday, September 25, 2015

Big Hitters in Trial for LA Times Sports Writer

9/23/2015 4:12:00 PM, Matt Reynolds

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The trial of former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers continued Wednesday, in which the retired writer seeks an estimated $18 million in damages for being allegedly fired from the paper in 2013.
     Simers, 65, sued the Times two years ago claiming the paper had fired him after he suffered a "mini-stroke" and the true reason for his termination was "his age, his disability, and his medical leave."
     After the parties failed to settle the case, a jury trial in Superior Court Judge William MacLaughlin's courtroom began last week and continued on Wednesday morning with testimony from former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.
     The 88-year-old's deadpan delivery led to frequent laughter from the jury box and gallery before he vacated the stand for Mike James, the sports editor who was Simers' direct supervisor at the Times.

Times of our times: Publishers on parade - Native Intelligence

Times of our times: Publishers on parade - Native Intelligence

By Steve Harvey
In happier days, the masthead atop the Los Angeles Times editorial page proudly displayed the names of the newspaper's past and present publishers — and their years in power — next to that symbol of courage and strength, the eagle.

Report: Millennials aren’t big on paying for news

Report: Millennials aren’t big on paying for news

Services for Roger Morisette

Roger Morisette at the left with Raul Compos

Roger's family has decided not to have any type of public service, and will cremate his remains and scatter near Parker, Arizona on the Colorado River.

Roger was an avid water skier and taught many, including children of his colleagues, how to water ski barefoot.

The Union remains at the Los Angeles Times

The Union employees at the Los Angeles Times Olympic Production Facility overwhelmingly defeated the anti-union Tribune Publishing attempt to decertify their union by a vote of 59 to 28.

I'm told the Tribune Publishing puppet working in the pressroom has been placed on suicide watch as his attempt to please his masters failed yet again.

Great job everyone

Today in Labor History

September 25  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

American photographer Lewis Hine born in Oshkosh, Wisc. - 1874
(Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor: Your heart will be broken by this exceptional book’s photographs of children at backbreaking, often life-threatening work, and the accompanying commentary by author Russell Freedman. Photographer Lewis Hine–who himself died in poverty in 1940–did as much, and perhaps more, than any social critic in the early part of the 20th century to expose the abuse of children, as young as three and four, by American capitalism.)

Two African-American sharecroppers are killed during an ultimately unsuccessful cotton-pickers’ strike in Lee County, Ark.  By the time the strike had been suppressed, 15 African-Americans had died and another six had been imprisoned.  A white plantation manager was killed as well - 1891

Thursday, September 24, 2015

John Myers named Sacramento bureau chief for LA Times* - LA Observed

John Myers named Sacramento bureau chief for LA Times* - LA Observed

Veteran sportswriters struggle to come to terms with being laid off by New York Daily News

Veteran sportswriters struggle to come to terms with being laid off by New York Daily News

Deputy managing editor shifts to digital at LA Times

From: "Maharaj, Davan" 
Date: September 24, 2015 at 8:46:02 AM PDT
To: yyeditall 
Subject: Scott Kraft

To the staff:

We’re delighted to announce that Deputy Managing Editor Scott Kraft, one of our most gifted editors, is taking on an expanded role at the heart of our digital mission.

Scott has guided Page One and much of our signature enterprise work for the last few years. Effective immediately, he will shift his focus to identify, shepherd and polish the top stories of the day for latimes.com. He’ll work with the social media team, the Home Page and editors in all departments to ensure that our best stories, both news and enterprise, reach the largest possible audience.

Scott will help us with our key objective: to publish first and most comprehensively online, then print a terrific daily newspaper. He’ll also continue to work with the Column One team on our “Great Reads.”

Most of you are familiar with Scott’s reporting and editing experience but it bears repeating: He spent 12 years as a national and foreign correspondent, received the SPJ Distinguished Service Award for Foreign Correspondence and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. During his decade as National Editor, his reporters won four Pulitzer Prizes.

Please join us in congratulating him on his new responsibilities.

Soon-Shiong also now interested in buying LA Times - LA Observed

Soon-Shiong also now interested in buying LA Times - LA Observed