Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

The Teamster truck parked across the street from the Los Angeles Times

The end of the printed newspaper - Medium

Beyond the Printed Page - Editor and Publisher

Newspapers are, pretty much, dead - Boing Boing

Extra! Extra! North Shore gets new newspapers - Crain's

LA Times asking readers about a smaller format paper - LAObserved

Newspapers might be changing, but they make money - Times-Leader

Mobile devices are conquering the time of our readers - Editors Weblog

Despite what you've heard, newspapers are still going strong - Penn Live

Newspapers To Sink Or Swim In The Sea of Changing Media - WUWM

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Alums send treats to former colleagues - Romenesko

Today in media history: In 1762, Ann Franklin becomes one the first women newspaper publishers

Today in media history: In 1762, Ann Franklin becomes one the first women newspaper publishers

Daily News and LANG hire county reporter from Register - LA Observed

Daily News and LANG hire county reporter from Register - LA Observed

Today in Labor History

Five flight attendants form the Air Line Stewardesses Association, the first labor union representing flight attendants. They were2014.08.18history-first.contactreacting to an industry in which women were forced to retire at the age of 32, remain single, and adhere to strict weight, height and appearance requirements. The association later became the Association of Flight Attendants, now a division of the Communications Workers of America - 1945
(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.)
Int’l Broom & Whisk Makers Union disbands - 1963
Joyce Miller, a vice president of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers, becomes first female member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council - 1980
The Kerr-McGee Corp. agrees to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination 2014.08.18history-silkwood.carlawsuit.  She was a union activist who died in 1974 under suspicious circumstances on her way to talk to a reporter about safety concerns at her plutonium fuel plant in Oklahoma - 1986
Int’l Longshore & Warehouse Union granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1988

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The journalists you meet on West Florissant Avenue

The journalists you meet on West Florissant Avenue

Union wins decertify vote at the Los Angeles Times

Ronnie Pineda, President of Teamsters Local 140-N at the Los Angeles Times.

Today Tribune Publishing lost in it's attempt to decertify the union representing the men and women working in the press room at the Los Angeles Times by a vote of 44 Yes to 36 No's.

Back in the Los Angeles Times heydays, with three production facilities, there were over 800 pressmen and press women, that number has dwindled down to 88 today.

Should we all pretend poverty doesn't exist?

5 things you should know about poverty in Southern California

Ms. Jenna Chandler from the Orange County Register wrote an interesting article regarding poverty in our area, which is worth reading. The information shared should be of concern for everyone regarding poverty, which makes me ask Should we all look the other way and pretend their is no problem?

Today in Labor History

August 21  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Slave revolt led by Nat Turner begins in Southampton County, Va. - 1831

Turner started with several trusted fellow slaves, but the insurgency ultimately numbered more than 70 enslaved and free blacks, some of whom were mounted on horseback. On August 13, 1831, an atmospheric disturbance made the Sun appear bluish-green. Turner took this as the final signal, and began the rebellion a week later on August 21. The rebels traveled from house to house, freeing slaves and killing all the white people they encountered.
Because the rebels did not want to alert anyone, they discarded their muskets and used knives, hatchets, axes, and blunt instruments instead of firearms. (The latter also would have been more difficult for them to collect.) Historian Stephen B. Oates states that Turner called on his group to "kill all the white people." A contemporary newspaper noted, "Turner declared that 'indiscriminate slaughter was not their intention after they attained a foothold, and was resorted to in the first instance to strike terror and alarm.'" The group spared a few homes "because Turner believed the poor white inhabitants 'thought no better of themselves than they did of negroes.'"
The rebels spared almost no one whom they encountered. A small child who hid in a fireplace was among the few survivors. The slaves killed approximately sixty white men, women and children[12] before Turner and his brigade of insurgents were defeated. A white militia with twice the manpower of the rebels and reinforced by three companies of artillery eventually defeated the insurrection.
The Rebecca Vaughan House is the last remaining intact building in Southampton County at which owners and their families were killed in the Nat Turner Insurrection.

Today in media history: Journalists introduced to TV in 1928

Today in media history: Journalists introduced to TV in 1928

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sowing Seeds For Life open today in La Verne, CA. from 1pm to 5pm

Mary and Tajha both work full time jobs, yet find the time to volunteer

As the food crisis intensifies across America many families have been able to bridge the gap by visiting local food banks, such as Sowing Seeds For Life. Depending on weather conditions and the cars snaking down Arrow Highway we will distribute food to anywhere from 550 to 650 families today. The only requirement for receiving food, you must reside in Los Angeles County.

Sowing Seeds For Life
1350 Arrow Highway
La Verne, CA. 91750
(909) 392-5777

Open the 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month from 1pm to 5pm

The second Friday of each month for seniors and veterans

The last Saturday each month from 1pm to 3pm, open to anyone in need 

James Foley’s mother: ‘We have never been prouder of our son Jim’

James Foley’s mother: ‘We have never been prouder of our son Jim’

Today in Labor History

The Great Fire of 1910, a wildfire that consumed about 3 million acres in Washington, Idaho and Montana—an area about the size of Connecticut—claimed the lives of 78 firefighters over two days.  It is believed to be the largest, although not deadliest, fire in U.S. history - 1910
Deranged relief postal service carrier Patrick “Crazy Pat” Henry Sherrill shoots and kills 14 coworkers, and wounds another six, before killing himself at an Edmond, Okla., postal facility.  Supervisors had ignored warning signs of Sherrill’s instability, investigators later found; the shootings came a day after he had been reprimanded for poor work.  The incident inspired the objectionable term “going postal” - 1986

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

No outrage against attempted murder of police officers

By LAPPL Board of Directors

Over the last 72 hours, there have been a number of attempted murders of police officers in Los Angeles County, yet there has been no community or media outrage. Two prime examples include an LAPD SWAT officer who was severely injured during a shootout with a suspected gunman following a pursuit in South Los Angeles. In another case, a sheriff’s deputy is facing a long recovery after undergoing surgery for life-changing injuries he suffered in an unprovoked attempted murder by an “unarmed” man already on probation for assaulting a peace officer.

Witnesses said the deputy was escorting a male suspect in a mall when the suspect unexpectedly turned on the deputy and hit him several times, knocking the deputy to the ground, and continuing his assault.

Crickets chirp as we wait for the LA Times Editorial Board to chime in with some suggestions on police tactics following these incidents.

City residents, law enforcement, community members and editorial writers should be alarmed when those whose job it is to fight crime on a daily basis are being targeted for murder. Why do otherwise reasoned individuals—despite evidence before them to the contrary—become reflexively critical of police? Why do these individuals jump to the twisted conclusion that police officers’ lives are any less endangered when encountering “unarmed” suspects than when they’re staring down the barrel of a gun? Why do these same individuals assume all officer-involved shootings—while always tragic—are always “bad” shootings? These individuals are cherry-picking the facts and doing a disservice to the communities they serve.

The disconnect between reality and the world in which newspaper editorial boards live in cannot not be more starkly contrasted than the LA Times editorial which pontificated about the Ezell Ford shooting with the following: “It is hard to believe that police cannot refine their encounters with unarmed citizens to avoid the use of deadly force.” In other words, according to the Times, “unarmed” residents pose no threat to officers.

The reality is that when somebody attacks a police officer, they should expect the reaction to their attack will be swift, sure and met with enough force to end the assault. As LAPPL President Tyler Izen told the Times, “While waiting for the facts to be determined, I feel the need to restate the obvious. When a person attempts to take an officer’s gun from them, no matter their physical or mental condition, we should expect an officer to respond accordingly to save their life—and that likely includes the use of deadly force.”

We also note with dismay that while compelled to devote numerous pages of coverage to the unfolding situation in Ferguson, Missouri, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board cannot be stirred to write even a murmur of protest over the violence directed against police officers there. Apparently, throwing Molotov cocktail bottles, rocks, and other debris at police officers is just not worthy of their commentary. Yet, you can be sure that if a police officer were the perpetrator of equivalent violence, entire forests would be decimated to print the hand-wringing editorials from the Los Angeles Times.

If a suspect takes or attempts to take an officer’s gun by force, he has sent a clear message that he intends to murder that officer and possibly others, and must be stopped for the safety of all. Whether that aggressive suspect is under the influence of a controlled substance, alcohol, or has a mental illness, the target of his attack will be in immediate danger nonetheless. When anyone grabs for the officer’s gun, they become an armed suspect, and in most cases, predetermined the tragic outcome of events.

Public safety requires a strong two-way partnership. We need to make it clear that Los Angeles is a city in which violence against the community or its police officers is never tolerated. The dedicated men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department, who serve to protect our communities, deserve all the tools and support the community can possibly provide. The LAPPL asks the public and our community leaders to continue to support our officers and make sure that criminals do not deter them from making Los Angeles the safest big city in America.

h/t Jasmyne Cannick

Where to buy gas masks for your reporting staff in Ferguson

Where to buy gas masks for your reporting staff in Ferguson

Los Angeles police union issues statement

Los Angeles Police Protective League President Tyler Izen issued the following statement regarding the Ezell Ford incident:

“Increasingly, in the immediate aftermath of any police shooting, unvetted statements by persons claiming to be witnesses are given prominent play. While a factual investigation unfolds at a deliberate and slower pace, an inaccurate narrative can be created before the actual facts are determined. The Ezell Ford incident on August 11, 2014, in Newton Area is no exception, as we have read and viewed some inaccurate reports of what occurred.”

“It is critically important, both for the LAPD and the community to establish what actually happened. The LAPPL reminds everyone that it is necessary for a thorough and transparent investigation to take place so the final conclusion is trustworthy and can withstand critical scrutiny—and that will take time. This thorough and complete investigation is being conducted by Force Investigation Division. The Inspector General and the district attorney monitor the investigation and ensure that it is complete and unbiased. The preliminary facts, according to LAPD officials, are that two LAPD officers assigned to the Gang Enforcement Detail in Newton Area stopped Ezell Ford at about 8:10 p.m. as he walked on a sidewalk near 65th Street and Broadway in South Los Angeles. A violent struggle ensued, and Ford grabbed one of the officers and tried to remove the officer’s handgun from its holster, prompting a deadly use of force.”

“It goes without saying that no officer ever comes to work with the intention of taking a human life. However, when forced to make split-second, life-or-death decisions under stressful situations, officers rely on their training and what the law allows when using deadly force.”

“LAPD officers’ use of force is concise, consistent with prevailing law, and based on best police practices. Officers are permitted to use force that is objectively reasonable to defend themselves or others, to effect an arrest or detention, and/or to prevent escape or overcome resistance. Officers are taught to evaluate a suspect’s behavior, the severity of the crime a suspect is committing or about to commit, and whether it is reasonable to conclude that the suspect’s behavior might cause serious injury to an officer or another person.”

“If a suspect’s behavior is likely to cause serious bodily injury or death, an officer can, by law and under LAPD policy, use deadly force. In using deadly force, officers can fire their weapons only to stop deadly threats to keep themselves and the public safe, and can continue to fire until the threat has ended.”

“The objectively reasonable standard was established by the 1989 U.S. Supreme Court case of Graham v. Connor. The court ruled an officer’s response must be evaluated by whether it was ‘objectively reasonable’ in light of what the officer knew at the time force was used. The ‘objective’ factor means the decision to use force is judged by what a reasonable officer, knowing the same facts, would have done. Importantly, the court then wrote the ‘20/20 vision of hindsight’ should not drive the determination. Further, “the calculus of reasonableness must embody allowance for the fact that police officers are often forced to make split-second judgments—in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving—about the amount of force that is necessary in a particular situation.”

“Reaching a final conclusion about what happened in the Newton incident is simply a rush to judgment. All of the facts are simply not known with certainty. Interviews with the involved officers, witnesses, and examination of the physical evidence will determine what happened. A judgment as to whether the action was proper and in policy, based on those gathered facts, will be made without 20/20 hindsight as mandated by the Supreme Court. An investigation into the use of deadly force is the most exhaustive type of examination the LAPD performs.”

h/t Jasmyne Cannick

Reporter in Ferguson thinks he found rubber bullets

This is the Huffington Post "reporter" in Ferguson. He does not appear to be joking. This is why I don't get offended when people complain about journalists being kind of terrible -- they're right. [Photo via Reclaim Uc, who knew I needed a laugh.]

Cartoonist Dan Rosandich shared this gem on Facebook today, which are not rubber bullets as the reporter assumed. Happy Boots, do you know what is pictured above?

Digital First puts 51 newspaper buildings on the market

Digital First puts 51 newspaper buildings on the market

Today in Labor History

First edition of IWW Little Red Song Book published - 1909
Some 2,000 United Railroads streetcar service workers and supporters parade down San Francisco’s Market Street in support of pay demands and against the company’s anti-union policies. The strike failed in late November in the face of more than 1,000 strikebreakers, some of them imported from Chicago - 1917
Founding of the Maritime Trades Dept. of the AFL-CIO, to give "workers employed in the maritime industry and its allied trades a voice in shaping national policy" - 1946
Phelps-Dodge copper miners in Morenci and Clifton, Ariz., are confronted by tanks, helicopters, 426 state troopers and 325 National Guardsmen brought in to walk strikebreakers through picket lines in what was to become a failed 3-year fight by the Steelworkers and other unions - 19832014.08.18history-amfa-strike
Some 4,400 mechanics, cleaners and custodians, members of AMFA at Northwest Airlines, strike the carrier over job security, pay cuts and work rule changes. The 14-month strike was to fail, with most union jobs lost to replacements and outside contractors - 2005

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Night in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles skyline as seen from the Teamster Hall parking area

Advocate Buys Parish Weeklies - My New Orleans

What could social journalism do for Ferguson? - Jeff Jarvis

Do Print Spinoffs Spell Death of U.S. Newspapers? - TheWrap

Carl Icahn Discloses Stake in Gannett, Supports the Split - Zacks

Guild battling bosses over byline quota at Pioneer Press - Robert Feder

American Media's financial story needs a new rewrite - The Deal Pipeline

Why beggars are a problem for Vienna's street paper - The Local Austria

New Haven Independent staff takes its first vacation in nine years - Romenesko

Do you remember when newspapers thought it was important? - Chicago Reader

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - CJR

Getty photographer arrested, released in Ferguson

Getty photographer arrested, released in Ferguson

At-will employment

At will employment is generally described as follows: "any hiring is presumed to be 'at will'; that is, the employer is free to discharge individuals 'for good cause, or bad cause, or no cause at all,' and the employee is equally free to quit, strike, or otherwise cease work." In an October 2000 decision largely reaffirming employers' rights under the at-will doctrine, the Supreme Court of California explained:
[A]n employer may terminate its employees at will, for any or no reason ... the employer may act peremptorily, arbitrarily, or inconsistently, without providing specific protections such as prior warning, fair procedures, objective evaluation, or preferential reassignment ... The mere existence of an employment relationship affords no expectation, protectable by law, that employment will continue, or will end only on certain conditions, unless the parties have actually adopted such terms.
At-will employment disclaimers are a staple of employee handbooks in the United States. It is common for employers to define what at-will employment means, explain that an employee’s at-will status cannot be changed except in a writing signed by the company president (or chief executive), and require that an employee sign an acknowledgment of his or her at-will status

Ferguson Food Pantry needs boxed meals & non-perishables

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
33 N Clay Ave
Ferguson, MO 63135
Ph: 314-521-0138

In recent years, the St. Stephen’s Food Pantry, like many, has had to stretch to meet the growing demand in our area.  We currently distribute 160-170 bags per month to needy people in our areas.
In order to do so, the Food Pantry relies on support from a number of area organizations. We appreciate the aid provided by the local Scout troops, by the St. Louis Food Bank, and by a number of our neighboring congregations in Ferguson.
Without ongoing donations of food and money from individuals and organizations, we would not be open today. Furthermore, we are always looking for volunteers to help with shopping or distribution of our food.

Today in Labor History

Radio station WEVD, named for Eugene V. Debs, goes on the air in New York City, operated by The Forward Association as a memorial to the labor and socialist leader - 1927
(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.  Many union activists and labor scholars see Debs as the definitive labor leader.)
Founding of the American Federation of Government Employees, following a decision by the National Federation of Federal Employees (later to become part of the Int’l Association of Machinists) to leave the AFL - 1932

Protesters in Ferguson have been chanting, "Who do you protect?

Protesters in Ferguson have been chanting, "Who do you protect? Who do you serve?" It seems like an entirely legitimate question.

Woodstock CBS coverage 8-18-1969

Santana - Soul Sacrifice 1969 "Woodstock" Live Video HQ

Today in media history: The 1969 Woodstock music festival

Today in media history: The 1969 Woodstock music festival

Here's what Beutner will be paid as LA Times publisher - LA Observed

Here's what Beutner will be paid as LA Times publisher - LA Observed

By Kevin Roderick

The website Footnoted noticed a late-Friday SEC filing by the newly formed company Tribune Publishing that details the compensation package for new Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner. While being paid $675,000 a year base salary plus an annual bonus with the target of the same amount, Beutner will also start to build up a little ownership stake — a head start in case he ever wants to buy the Times. The employment agreement is for three years and provides that Beutner gets a year's base salary (and more) as severance if he is terminated or leaves for good case — "which may include a change in control."

Michael Cascadden Art Display this Saturday

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Notes from Ferguson: ‘Don’t feel intimidated by the national/international press’

Notes from Ferguson: ‘Don’t feel intimidated by the national/international press’

Today in Labor History

IWW War Trials in Chicago, 95 go to prison for up to 20 years - 1918
Bakery & Confectionery Workers Int’l Union of America merges with Tobacco Workers Int’l Union to become Bakery, Confectionery & Tobacco Workers - 1978
Year-long Hormel meatpackers' strike begins in Austin, Minn. - 1985
August 16
2014.08.11history-meanyGeorge Meany, plumber, founding AFL-CIO president, born in City Island, Bronx. In his official biography, George Meany and His Times, he said he had "never walked a picket line in his life." He also said he took part in only one strike (against the United States Government to get higher pay for plumbers on welfare jobs). Yet he also firmly said that "You only make progress by fighting for progress." Meany served as secretary-treasurer of the AFL from 1940 to 1952, succeeded as president of the AFL, and then continued as president of the AFL-CIO following the historic merger in 1955 until retiring in 1979 - 1894
Homer Martin, early United Auto Workers leader, born in Marion, Ill. - 1902
Congress passes the National Apprenticeship Act, establishing a national advisory committee to research and draft regulations establishing minimum standards for apprenticeship programs. It was later amended to permit the Labor Department to issue regulations protecting the health, safety and general welfare of apprentices, and to encourage the use of contracts in their hiring and employment - 1937
National Agricultural Workers Union merges into Amalgamated Meat Cutters & Butcher Workmen - 1960
Int’l Union of Wood, Wire & Metal Lathers merges with United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners - 1979

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ferguson makes national and international front pages again

Ferguson makes national and international front pages again

This is what leadership looks like - Ferguson, Missouri,

Photo Credit: Jamil Smith

On Thursday Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, marched with the protesters in Ferguson. 

No tear gas or snipers were seen, and no problems arose, completely opposite from the last few days.

The state of Missouri needs to clean house and cleanse the current police department that views it's citizens as animals, not fellow Americans. 

Today in Labor History

To begin what proved to become one of the world’s longest construction projects, workers lay the foundation stone of Germany’s Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men.  The job was declared completed in 1880—632 years later - 1248
The Panama Canal opens after 33 years of construction and an estimated 22,000 worker deaths, mostly caused by malaria and yellow fever.  The 51-mile canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans - 1914
Populist social commentator Will Rogers killed in a plane crash, Point Barrow, Alaska. One of his many classic lines: "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts" - 1935
2014.08.11history-jokebook-cover(Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!: Did you hear the one about the supervisor and the new employee who bump into each other in a bar?  Maybe, but maybe not.  In either case, you can find it and a couple hundred other great workplace jokes in this new collection, the only one of its kind.  You won’t find working people as the butt of jokes here… it’s more likely to be the boss, the banker, the yes man and the union-busting lawyer.)
President Richard M. Nixon announces a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents in an attempt to combat inflation - 1971
Gerry Horgan, chief steward of CWA Local 1103 and NYNEX striker in Valhalla, N.Y., is struck on the picket line by a car driven by the daughter of a plant manager and dies the following day. What was to become a 4-month strike over healthcare benefits was in its second week - 1989
Eight automotive department employees at a Walmart near Ottawa won an arbitrator-imposed contract after voting for UFCW representation, becoming the giant retailer's only location in North America with a collective bargaining agreement. Two months later the company closed the department. Three years earlier Walmart had closed an entire store on the same day the government announced an arbitrator would impose a contract agreement there - 2008