Friday, September 19, 2014

Today in Labor History

Chinese coal miners forced out of Black Diamond, Wash. - 1885
Between 400,000 and 500,000 unionists converge on Washington D.C., for a Solidarity Day march and rally protesting Republican policies – 1981
Musician and labor educator Joe Glazer, often referred to as “Labor’s Troubadour,” died today at age 88.  Some of his more acclaimed songs include "The Mill Was Made of Marble," "Too Old to Work" and "Automaton." In 1979 he and labor folklorist Archie Green convened a meeting of 14 other labor musicians to begin what was to become the annual Great Labor Arts Exchange and, soon thereafter, the Labor Heritage Foundation - 2006
Russ Newton

3 Journalists killed while covering Ebola crisis

3 Journalists killed while covering Ebola crisis

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Remembering Art Sanchez Jr.

The Benevolent Trust Fund provides a FREE death benefit to the designated beneficiaries of members of the Graphic Communications Conference International Brotherhood Of Teamsters.
With a heavy heart, I personally delivered a check in the amount of $2500.00 to Art Sanchez Sr. the father of Art Sanchez Jr. on behalf of the BTF and Art Jr.s brothers and sisters of Local 140N.
Mr. Sanchez was extremely surprised to see the amount thinking it was going to be $1000.00 dollars only to see it was 2 and 1/2 times more than he expected to receive.
Mr. Sanchez asked me to extend his salutations and sends his gratitude to everyone that sent messages of condolences and to those that attended Art's funeral services. You continue to be missed brother Art, Rest In Peace.
Ronnie Pineda
President GCC/IBT

Is there a market for good news? The Washington Post wants to find out

Is there a market for good news? The Washington Post wants to find out

Today in Labor History

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) is formally founded at an Ohio convention, during a period of serious corruption in the union. Two years earlier at an IBT convention in Las Vegas, a union reform leader who (unsuccessfully) called for direct election of officers and a limit on officers’ salaries had been beaten by thugs - 1978
Nine strikebreakers are killed in an explosion at Giant (gold) Mine near Yellowknife, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Miner Roger Warren confessed that he planted the explosives that caused the deaths. He recanted the confession but later confessed once again - 1992
A 20-month illegal lockout of 2,900 Steelworkers members at Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ends when an arbitrator orders a new contract. Kaiser was forced to fire scabs and fork over tens of millions of dollars in back pay to union members - 1999
2014.09.15history-usps-morris-curseenOne week after the September 11, 2001, attacks, anthrax spores are mailed by an unknown party to several news media offices and two U.S. senators. Five people exposed to the spores died, including two workers at Washington, D.C.’s USPS Brentwood facility: Thomas Morris Jr. and Joseph Curseen, who were to die of their exposure within the month – 2001

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

La Opinión converts to tabloid, redesigns site - LA Observed

La Opinión converts to tabloid, redesigns site - LA Observed

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Storm Clouds forming over La Verne, CA. yesterday

Trib Media to develop land that should belong to Trib Publishing - Chicago Business

Kantar Media shows larger declines in ad spending for newspapers - Talking New Media

Today in Labor History

Seventy-five workers die in explosion at Allegheny Arsenal, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1862
At a New York convention of the National Labor Congress, Susan B. Anthony calls for the formation of a Working Women's Association. As a delegate to the Congress, she persuaded the committee on female labor to call for votes for women and equal pay for equal work. But male delegates deleted the reference to the vote - 1868
One hundred thousand Pennsylvania anthracite coal miners go on strike. Their average annual wage is $250. They are paid by the ton, defined by Pennsylvania as 2,400 pounds, but which mine operators have increased to as much as 4,000 pounds - 1900
National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) formed at a convention in Washington, D.C. In 1999 it became part of the Int’l Association of Machinists (IAM) - 1917
Some Depression-era weekly paychecks around the New York area: physician, $55.32; engineer, $40.68; clerk, $22.15; salesman, $25.02; laborer, $20; typist, $15.09 - 1933
Southern employers meeting in Greenville, N.C., ready their big counter-offensive to break the textile labor strikes that have hit the Eastern seaboard. Ultimately they deploy 10,000 national guardsmen and 15,000 deputies, but fail to drive hundreds of thousands of strikers back to work - 1934
2014.09.15history-lyddie.bookcover(Lyddie: In this book written for young readers, Lyddie Worthen is a 13-year-old farm girl who takes a job in the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, when hard times hit her family. Six days a week from dawn to dusk she and the other girls run weaving looms in the murky dust-and lint-filled factory. Lyddie learns to read—and to handle the menacing overseer.)
A Southern Pacific train loaded with sugar beets strikes a makeshift bus filled with 60 migrant workers near Salinas, Calif., killing 32. The driver said the bus was so crowded he couldn't see the train coming - 1963
A total of 98 United Mine Workers of America members and a minister occupy the Pittston Coal Company's Moss 3 preparation plant in Carbon, Va., beginning a year-long strike. Among other issues: management demands for drastic limitations in health and pension benefits for retired and disabled miners and their dependents and beneficiaries - 1989
The Occupy Wall Street movement is launched with an anti-Wall Street march and demonstration that ended up as a 2-month2014.09.15history-anti.wall.street.marchencampment in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. The event led to protests and movements around the world, with their focus on economic inequality, corruption, greed and the influence on government of monied interests. Their slogan: “We are the 99%.” - 2011

Food Bank Open Today - La Verne, CA. - Sowing Seeds For Life

Sowing Seeds For Life will be open this afternoon from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, giving away non perishable foods, so be certain to bring something with wheels to move the food to your car as the goods can weigh up to forty pounds.

With heat and humidity predicted to be extreme this afternoon, bring a few bottles of water with you, as the wait can be up to an hour or more.

Even if you the reader does not need assistance, someone you know may need help, but hesitates to reach out and request a hand.

Sowing Seeds For Life
1350 Arrow Highway
La Verne, CA. 91750


Today in media history: George Washington’s front page farewell

Today in media history: George Washington’s front page farewell

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Today in Labor History

More than 43,000 oil workers strike in 20 states, part of the post-war strike wave - 1945
A player lockout by the National Hockey League begins, leading to cancellation of what would have been the league’s 88th season. The lockout, over owner demands that salaries be capped, lasted 310 days - 2004
The Farm Labor Organizing Committee wins a signed contract with the Mount Olive Pickle Co. and growers, ending a 5-year boycott.  The agreement marked the first time an American labor union represented guest workers - 2004
2014.09.15history-posters.bookcover(Posters about farmworker boycotts and organizing campaigns are intermingled with other great images inAgitate! Educate! Organize! American Labor Posters Lincoln Cushing and Timothy W. Drescher share their vast knowledge about the rich graphic tradition of labor posters. Here you will find lavish full-color reproductions of more than 250 of the best posters that have emerged from the American labor movement on topics ranging from core issues such as wages and working conditions to discrimination to international solidarity.)

Richard Trumka is elected president of the AFL-CIO at the federation’s convention in Pittsburgh.  He had served as the secretary-treasurer under predecessor John Sweeney from 1995 to 2009, and prior to that was president of the United Mine Workers for 13 years - 2009

Monday, September 15, 2014

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Monday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

The Future of Media - Huffington Post

A Sales Force to be Reckoned With - Nu Yang

Digital Innovation in Publishing - Folio Magazine

Paper Design World Shines in 'Print Isn't Dead' Magazine - PSFK

Readers Remember More From Newspapers Than Online - NBC News

Why This Media Startup Is Betting On Print Newspapers - Fast Company

L.A. Times hires Dean Starkman to cover Wall Street - Capital New York

n+1: Learning that print and digital can peacefully coexist - Nieman Journalism Lab

Digital First Media’s York Daily Record shuts off power to save money - Romenesko

Media and Entertainment Sector Profitability Forecast to Rise Again - Chicago Tribune

Final 6 Dodger games will air on free TV - LA Observed

Final 6 Dodger games will air on free TV - LA Observed

Los Angeles Times Publisher Austin Beutner Tweets

‘I believe I would major in English’: journalists decry Berkeley’s proposed 10k fee

‘I believe I would major in English’: journalists decry Berkeley’s proposed 10k fee

Financial Times Refreshes its Newspaper for the Digital Age

The Financial Times today launches a refreshed newspaper, designed for the modern reader who consumes journalism in a variety of formats and values the editorial judgment and serendipity of a newspaper.

FT editor Lionel Barber said: “The refreshed newspaper is an agenda-setting slice of the best of the FT. It complements FT.com and other channels, providing the definitive global perspective on what readers need to know each day. The new FT has visual impact and is easy to navigate, highlighting trends and providing original news, insight, analysis and context.”

The result of extensive user testing and feedback, the new look incorporates several changes and additions, including:

•    A new custom typeface, ‘Financier’, developed with Kris Sowersby, the award-winning designer
•    New colour graphics and data that translate seamlessly between print and digital formats
•    A new-look front page allowing easier navigation of the issue
•    An index that lists companies, sectors and people mentioned in the companies section
•    A spotlight on the people behind UK corporate news in a Friday people column
•    A new trends feature which will guide readers to emerging themes
•    A new Monday sports column will alternate between ‘Sporting View’ – where Matthew Engel and Jurek Martin will cover the business and management of sport – and a data-driven feature looking at the numbers behind the news

FT CEO John Ridding said: “This investment underscores our confidence in the unique and lasting value of print, which is profitable on its own before advertising. It is an important part of our multi-channel offering for many readers, who increasingly consume FT journalism in multiple formats. This refresh provides our audience more value and choice.”

Hugh Carnegy is appointed executive newspaper editor to oversee print production to run alongside the FT’s 24-hour, multimedia publishing schedule.

Barber said: “Hugh returns from Paris where he has done an outstanding job as bureau chief covering one of the most exciting stories in Europe. His appointment supports our rethinking of the newsroom to ensure FT journalism is dynamic in all formats.”
The refresh is accompanied by a global brand campaign, developed by Adam&EveDDB. The creative features the new end-line ‘It is what you know.’ It reflects how times have changed and the true advantages propelling this new world are intelligence, ideas and knowledge." 

Today in Labor History

September 15  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Some 5,000 female cotton workers in and around Pittsburgh, Pa., strike for a 10-hour day. The next day, male trade unionists become the first male auxiliary when they gather to protect the women from police attacks. The strike ultimately2014.09.15history-auto.workers.strike failed - 1845
President Kennedy signs off on a $900 million public-works bill for projects in economically depressed areas - 1962
More than 350,000 members of the United Auto Workers begin what is to become a 69-day strike against General Motors - 1970
Int’l Association of Siderographers merges with Int’l Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - 1992

Skid Row Los Angeles Clean Up

Last Saturday Coast Communities and LA on Cloud 9 braved the extremely heat and humidity to clean the sidewalks and gutters of Skid Row. Many of the residents were very thankful that we made their home look a bit nicer for a few days, with several grabbing brooms and joining in with the improvements of removing the hundreds of pounds of trash that was removed.

The usual stench wasn't as strong, as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has a team power washing the sidewalks throughout the Skid Row area. Gloves and masks are provided for all volunteers, and I never needed to wear my mask Saturday.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

James Foley family’s new fund will ‘honor what he stood for’

James Foley family’s new fund will ‘honor what he stood for’

Today in Labor History

September 13  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Post Office Department orders 25,000 railway mail clerks to shoot to kill any bandits attempting to rob the mail - 19262014.09.08history-attica
Eleven AFSCME-represented prison employees, 33 inmates die in four days of rioting at New York State’s Attica Prison and the retaking of the prison. The riot caused the nation to take a closer look at prison conditions, for inmates and their guards alike - 1971

Friday, September 12, 2014

Clean-Up Los Angeles Campaign

On Friday, September 26, in collaboration with Active Recycling on 2000 W. Slauson, we’re kicking off a week of free trash collection. That’s right! From September 26 to October 2, you can bring in one truck load of trash and Active Recycling and they will accept it for free. Please see flyer above for details and check my website, Twitter, and Facebook pages for updates - Bernard C. Parks

Will the Daily News et al be sold? - LA Observed

Will the Daily News et al be sold? - LA Observed

Fresh from Ferguson Fellowship, Beacon eyes new projects

Fresh from Ferguson Fellowship, Beacon eyes new projects

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Bars of soap donated to Sowing Seeds For Life

Chicago's big newspapers talk deal - Crain's

SpinMedia Cuts 19, Folds Vibe - Fishbowl NY

Barron steps up at Tribune Content Agency - Robert Feder

Financial Times, Guardian announce print redesigns - Poynter

Orlando Sentinel launches LAT-like website - Orlando Sentinel

College students spending hours daily on smartphones - SF Gate

Digital First Media considers selling its newspapers - Romenesko

Journalist: 45% more prestigious vs. 55% less prestigious - Harris Poll

Apple's new iPhone 6: What it means for your newsroom - Editors Weblog

Tribune Publishing is reportedly interested in buying Parade Magazine - The Street

Today in media history: John Steinbeck as a journalist

Today in media history: John Steinbeck as a journalist

Skid Row Los Angeles Clean Up Tomorrow Sept. 13th

On Saturday September 13th at 9:00 AM, Coast Communities, and LA on Cloud 9 will meet at 5th and Crocker Streets to sweep the sidewalks and gutters of Skid Row Los Angeles. The group consists of thirty to forty volunteers, and the residents even jump in and lend a hand, as we attempt to beautify the area.

Masks are supplied to block out the terrible stench in certain parts of Skid Row, which doesn't hide the aroma of the skunk weed used by many of the residents.

The experience of visiting Skid Row up close and personal is one you will never forget, so if you plan to attend, bring along a broom.

Journalists drink more coffee than cops

Journalists drink more coffee than cops

Today in Labor History

September 12  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.
Eugene V. Debs, labor leader and socialist, sentenced to 10 years for opposing World War I. While in jail Debs received one million votes for president - 1918

Jobless workers march on grocery stores and seize food in Toledo, Ohio – 1932
National Guardsmen fire on “sullen and rebellious” strikers at the Woonsocket (Rhode Island) Rayon plant, killing one and injuring three others.  A correspondent said the crowd of about 2,000 “went completely wild with rage.”  Word spread, 6,000 more workers arrived at the scene and the city was put under military rule.  The governor declared that “there is a Communist uprising and not a textile strike” in the state - 1934

2014.09.08history-landmarks.bookcoverUnited Rubber Workers formed in Akron, Ohio - 1935

A total of 49 people are killed, 200 injured, in explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, N.J. - 1940

New York City’s Union Square, the site of the first Labor Day in 1882, is officially named a national historic landmark. The square has long been a focal point for working class protest and political expression - 1998
(Inventory of American Labor Landmarks: Planning a fall vacation?  This attractive booklet offers a nice selection from the Labor Heritage Foundation’s comprehensive, ongoing inventory of labor landmarks across the country.)
September 11
Some 75,000 coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia end a 10-week strike after winning an 8-hour day, semi-monthly pay, and the abolition of overpriced company-owned stores, where they had been forced to shop. (Remember the song, "Sixteen Tons," by coal miner’s son Merle Travis, in which there’s this line: "I owe my soul to the company store.") - 1897
More than 3,000 people died when suicide highjackers crashed planes into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a2014.09.08history-FDNY-911Pennsylvania field.  Among the dead in New York were 634 union members, the majority of them New York City firefighters and police on the scene when the towers fell - 2001
Crystal Lee Sutton, the real-life Norma Rae of the movies, dies at age 68. She worked at a J.P. Stevens textile plant in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., when low pay and poor working conditions led her to become a union activist - 2009