Monday, October 17, 2016

Today in Labor History

October 17 - Union Communications Services, Inc.

A huge vat ruptures at a London brewery, setting off a domino effect of similar ruptures, and what was to become known as The London Beer Flood.  Nearly 1.5 million liters of beer gushed into the streets drowning or otherwise causing the deaths of eight people, mostly poor people living in nearby basements - 1814

Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. He had always maintained his innocence - 1939

"Salt of the Earth" strike begins by the mostly Mexican-American members of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union Local 890 in Bayard, N.M. Strikers' wives walked picket lines for seven months when their husbands were enjoined during the 14-month strike against the New Jersey Zinc Co. A great movie, see it! - 1950
(Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films About Labor: This wonderful book is an encyclopedic guide to 350 labor films from around the world, ranging from those you’ve heard of—Salt of the Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Roger & Me—to those you’ve never heard of but will fall in love with once you see them.)

Twelve New York City firefighters die fighting a blaze in midtown Manhattan - 1966

Int’l Printing Pressmen's & Assistants' Union of North America merges with Int’l Stereotypers', Electrotypers' & Platemakers' Union to become Printing & Graphic Communications Union - 1973

Industrial Union of Marine & Shipbuilding Workers of America merges with Int’l Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - 1988

National Geographic: Newspapers industry - History Channel Full Documentary

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Pressmen at the Los Angeles Times in the early 1900's

Celebrating local newspapers - The Highland County Press

Does Tronc chief Ferro have the formula for media profit? - Crain's

Somalia Shuts Down Newspaper, Arrests Editor - Voice of America

Chicago Tribune boxes disappearing from streets - Chicago Business

Newspaper delivery continues 365 days a year - Jacksonville Daily News

Newspapers Consider the Pros and Cons of Rebranding - Editor and Publisher

Publishers share experiences, tips for working with online video - Editors Weblog

Disappearance of local, national newspapers disservice to students - The Vermilion

LaGrange Daily News acquired by Boone Newspapers, Inc. - LaGrange Daily News

Across America, corporate ownership and closures are leading to vast ‘news deserts’ - Poynter

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Today in Labor History

October 15  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act—often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta"—establishing that unions are not "conspiracies" under the law. It for the first time freed unions to strike, picket and boycott employers. In the years that followed, however, numerous state measures and negative court interpretations weakened the law - 1914

Friday, October 14, 2016

Norm West Rest in Peace *

Former Electrician at the Los Angeles Times Olympic Production Facility, Norm West, has passed from complications from pneumonia. 

Norm retired from the Los Angeles Times in 2001 and moved to Lake Havasu, Arizona.

He was a very friendly and nice man.

No information available at this time regarding his funeral.

May he rest in peace   

* UPDATE: The family of Norm West plans to have a private memorial at a later time. If you would like to send messages of condolences please drop an email my way.

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Today in Labor History

Int’l Working People's Association founded in Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1883

The Seafarers Int’l Union (SIU) is founded as an AFL alternative to what was then the CIO’s National Maritime Union.  SIU is an umbrella organization of 12 autonomous unions of mariners, fishermen and boatmen working on U.S.-flagged vessels - 1938

Formal construction began today on what is expected to be a five-year, $3.9 billion replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River.  It's estimated the project would be employing 8,000 building trades workers over the span of the job - 2013

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

4th and Spring Streets, Los Angeles

Pope Francis' prayer intention for October is for Journalists - Vatican Radio

For long-time subscriber, daily newspaper is an old friend - Chicago Tribune

News Corp reveals multimillion dollar drop in newspaper revenues - Mumbrella

Media group threatens libel suit after former employees demand back pay - Myanmar Times

Landmark newspaper buildings are fading away in downtowns across the country - Dallas News

LA Times staffers in NYC to collect their Pulitzer

LA Times staffers in NYC to collect their Pulitzer: I believe that's Sarah Parvini at left, then Priya Krishnakumar, Alexandra Manzano, Marcus Yam and Paloma Esquivel. Photo posted to Twitter by Los Angeles Times editor-in-chief and publisher Davan Maharaj....

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Today in Labor History

October 13  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

American Federation of Labor votes to boycott all German-made products as a protest against Nazi antagonism to organized labor within Germany - 1934
More than 1,100 office workers strike Columbia University in New York City. The mostly female and minority workers win union recognition and pay increases - 1985
National Basketball Association cancels regular season games for the first time in its 51-year history, during a player lockout.  Player salaries and pay caps are the primary issue.  The lockout lasts 204 days - 1998
Hundreds of San Jose Mercury News newspaper carriers end 4-day walkout with victory - 2000

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

The newspapers in the Philippines are thriving 

WikiLeaks exposes media's secret support of Clinton - Fox News

Gannett Co. to Post Q3 2016 Earnings of $0.22 Per Share - BBNS

Newspaper delivery driver carjacked near Willow Lawn - NBC 12

Introducing The New York Times International Edition - New York Times

Berkeleyside wants to turn its readers into its newest owners - Nieman Lab

Tronc leased jet from company controlled by its chairman - Financial Times

Meet the man who keeps retired Associated Press staffers connected - Poynter

Hungary's newspaper of record Nepszabadsag faces oblivion - Deutsche Welle

Singapore Press Said to Merge Two Newspapers, Reduce Workforce - Bloomberg

Forecasting the Newspaper Money Makers for the Next Year - Editor and Publisher

A night in the life of a newspaper boy

When most of the inhabitants of the city are asleep, when the streets are finally breathing their sighs of relief... and the only time when darkness is comforting...that's when they crawl out passing through the lanes and by-lanes only to bring the world to your doorstep...

They are one of the reasons why Dubai is called a city that never sleeps. Here's a night in the life of a newspaper boy, Nijabudeen Nijam who hails from Chennai, India.

Today in Labor History

October 12  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Company guards kill at least eight miners who are attempting to stop scabs, Virden, Ill. Six guards are also killed, and 30 persons wounded - 1898
Fourteen miners killed, 22 wounded at Pana, Ill. - 1902
Some 2,000 workers demanding union recognition close down dress manufacturing, Los Angeles - 1933
More than one million Canadian workers demonstrate against wage controls - 1976

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Trump recording tests L.A. Times standards - Los Angeles Times


If local newspapers close, there goes the internet - Tidewater News

Despite challenges, newspapers aren't dead - Point Pleasant Register

Gannett's buying spree extends to magazines - Media Life Magazine

Even proprietors are finding it hard to sell newspapers - The Guardian

Gannett, McClatchy, Tronc Invest in Moonlighting - Broadway World

Harte Hanks Plans to Close Printing Plant, Laying Off 112 - Printing Impressions

Gannett deal for Tribune newspapers may be near, but is financing - Talking New Media

Today in Labor History

October 11  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background - 1873
Nearly 1,500 plantation workers strike Olaa Sugar, on Hawaii’s Big Island - 1948

October 10

Six days into a cotton field strike by 18,000 Mexican and Mexican-American workers in Pixley, Calif., four strikers are killed and six wounded; eight growers were indicted and charged with murder - 1933

LA Times explains use of emfuck/em, mentions Trump deadlines

LA Times explains use of emfuck/em, mentions Trump deadlines: First time the f-word got in print since 1998, the paper says. The explainer is less revealing about the Trump tapes landing on Saturday's page 10.

Friday, October 07, 2016

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Today in Labor History

October 07  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Joe Hill, labor leader and songwriter, born in Gavle, Sweden - 1879
The Structural Building Trades Alliance (SBTA) is founded, becomes the AFL’s Building Trades Dept. five years later. SBTA’s mission: to provide a form to work out jurisdictional conflicts - 1903
(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 in 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 autonomous and highly diverse affiliates.)
Hollywood’s "Battle of the Mirrors." Picketing members of the Conference of Studio Unions disrupted an outdoor shoot by holding up large reflectors that filled camera lenses with blinding sunlight. Members of the competing IATSE union retaliated by using the reflectors to shoot sunlight back across the street. The battle went on all day, writes Tom Sito in Drawing the Line - 1946

October 06
First National Conference of Trade Union Women – 1918
The first “talkie” movie, The Jazz Singer, premiers in New York City.  Within three years, according to the American Federation of Musicians, theater jobs for some 22,000 musicians who accompanied silent movies were lost, while only a few hundred jobs for musicians performing on soundtracks were created by the new technology - 1927

Some 1,700 female flight attendants win 18-year, $37 million suit against United Airlines. They had been fired for getting married - 1986

Thirty-two thousand machinists begin what is to be a successful 69-day strike against the Boeing Co. The eventual settlement brought improvements that averaged an estimated $19,200 in wages and benefits over four years and safeguards against job cutbacks - 1995

October 05
A strike by set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, Calif., when scabs try to cross the picket line. The incident is still identified as "Hollywood Black Friday" and "The Battle of Burbank" - 1945 
The UAW ends a 3-week strike against Ford Motor Co. when the company agrees to a contract that includes more vacation days and better retirement and unemployment benefits - 1976
Polish Solidarity union founder Lech Walesa wins the Nobel Peace Prize - 1983
Some 2,100 supermarket janitors in California, mostly from Mexico, win a $22.4 million settlement over unpaid overtime. Many said they worked 70 or more hours a week, often seven nights a week from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Cleaner Jesus Lopez told the New York Times he only had three days off in five years - 2004
(Mobilizing Against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism: Are immigrant workers themselves responsible for low wages and shoddy working conditions?  Should unions expend valuable time and energy organizing undocumented workers?  Unions in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States have taken various approaches to confront the challenges of this significant segment of the workforce.  As U.S. immigration policy is debated, readers will gain insight into how all workers benefit when wages and working conditions for immigrant workers are improved.)