Friday, April 22, 2016

Today in Labor History


April 22
Songwriter, musician and activist Hazel Dickens dies at age 75. Among her songs: “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” and “Working Girl Blues.” Cultural blogger John Pietaro: "Dickens didn’t just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them. Her place on many a picket line, staring down gunfire and goon squads, embedded her into the cause" - 2011




April 21
New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller signs Taylor Law, permitting union organization and bargaining by public employees, but outlawing the right to strike - 1967

Some 12,500 Goodyear Tire workers strike nine plants in what was to become a 3-week walkout over job security, wage and benefit issues - 1997

Mary Doyle Keefe, who in 1943 posed as “Rosie the Riveter” for famed painter Norman Rockwell, dies at age 92 in Simsbury, Connecticut. Published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Postin May 1943, Rosie came to symbolize women factory workers during World War II. (The Rockwell painting is sometimes conjoined in peoples’ memories with a similarly-themed poster by Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller, “We Can Do It!” created the year before.) - 2015




April 20  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.
Nearly 10,000 demonstrators celebrate textile workers’ win of a 10-percent pay hike and grievance committees after a one-month strike, Lowell, Mass. - 1912

Ludlow massacre: Colorado state militia, using machine guns and fire, kill about 20 people—including 11 children—at a tent city set up by striking coal miners - 1914

An unknown assailant shoots through a window at United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther as he is eating dinner at his kitchen table, permanently impairing his right arm. It was one of at least two assassination attempts on Reuther. He and his wife later died in a small plane crash under what many believe to be suspicious circumstances - 1948

National Association of Post Office Mail Handlers, Watchmen, Messengers & Group Leaders merge with Laborers - 1968

United Auto Workers members end a successful 172-day strike against International Harvester, protesting management demands for new work rules and mandatory overtime provisions - 1980
(They're Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions: How familiar do these phrases ring? Unions are responsible for budget deficits; they’ve outlived their usefulness; their members are overpaid and enjoy cushy benefits. The only way to save the American economy, many say, is to weaken the labor movement, strip workers of collective bargaining rights, and champion private industry. In They're Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions, longtime labor activist and educator Bill Fletcher Jr. makes sense of this debate as he unpacks the 21 myths most often cited by anti-union propagandists.)

Filthy McNasty, LA club owner of lore

Filthy McNasty, LA club owner of lore: The original Filthy McNasty's occupied the Sunset Strip spot now the Viper Room. He also ran FM Station in the Valley.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Today in Labor History

April 19  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the nation’s “Furniture City,” more than 6,000 immigrant workers—Germans, Dutch, Lithuanians and Poles—put down their tools and struck 59 factories for four months in what was to become known as the Great Furniture Strike - 1911
(Mobilizing Against Inequality: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.)

An American domestic terrorist’s bomb destroys the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, 99 of whom were government employees - 1995

Two newspapers, two approaches to Pulitzer brags

Two newspapers, two approaches to Pulitzer brags: The LA Times turns its most valuable website acreage over to its own Pulitzer Prize, while the Washington Post stays with news of more interest to non-journalists.

Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 Pulitzer Prizes

Associated Press

For an investigation of severe labor abuses tied to the supply of seafood to American supermarkets and restaurants, reporting that freed 2,000 slaves, brought perpetrators to justice and inspired reforms.

Los Angeles Times Staff

For exceptional reporting, including both local and global perspectives, on the shooting in San Bernardino and the terror investigation that followed.

Gutless city hall wants to bury planning reform

Gutless city hall wants to bury planning reform: Mayor Eric Garcetti and several city council members have decided that the issue of a high- rise Los Angeles is too hot to handle and want to throw it into the bottomless pit that is the city hall bureaucracy.

Today in Labor History

April 18  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

West Virginia coal miners strike, defend selves against National Guard - 1912

After a four-week boycott led by Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., bus companies in New York City agree to hire 200 Black drivers and mechanics - 1941

Nearly a year to date of the closure, the PennySaver is back



Monday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Times




The value of small-town newspapers - Muskokaregion

Tribune Publishing buys Splash from Sun-Times - Robert Feder

Decision to hide UAlbany student newspapers 'inappropriate' - Times Union

Pennysaver back in publication thanks to former employees - Eyewitness News

L.A. Times wins Pulitzer for San Bernardino terrorist attack coverage - L.A. Times

Tribune Publishing Schedules First Quarter 2016 Earnings on May 4 - Business Wire

Regional publisher wins contracts to print 30 weekly newspapers - HoldTheFrontPage

The founder of a small Florida newspaper died days before its first Pulitzer win - Poynter

Newspaper Publishers Launch Nucleus, National Ad Network - MediaPost Communications

Tribune Publishing Co (TPUB) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” - Vista Voice

LA Times wins Pulitzer for coverage of San Bernardino shootings

LA Times wins Pulitzer for coverage of San Bernardino shootings: The Times swarmed the story from the start and the effort pays off.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Los Angeles Skid Row- The Emergency That Cannot Wait

The video, titled “Emergency,” contains disturbing images of inhumane conditions on public sidewalks with vivid descriptions of Skid Row as told by the people who live and work there.

We cannot rely on 10- and 20-year plans, the urgency is here now. Lives are at risk now. Violence, addiction and rampant illness are a crisis that can’t wait a decade to be solved. 

This is not compassion. Los Angeles is not the city of angels as long as Skid Row remains the way it is today.

For nearly three decades CCEA has been the voice of DTLA’s industrial district, representing property owners in the 49-block area that includes Skid Row. CCEA hopes this video will bring the immediacy of Skid Row’s crisis into focus for the entire city and beyond.



Saturday, April 16, 2016

Today in Labor History

April 16  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Employers lock out 25,000 New York City garment workers in a dispute over hiring practices. The Int’l Ladies’ Garment Workers Union calls a general strike; after 14 weeks, 60,000 strikers win union recognition and the contractual right to strike - 1916
 
Five hundred workers in Texas City, Texas die in a series of huge oil refinery and chemical plant explosions and fires - 1947
(Are You Prepared? A Guide to Emergency Planning in the Workplace: Today’s headlines are filled with disaster, from the natural—fire, flood, hurricane, tornado and the like—to the man-made, such as workplace shootings, explosions, accidental releases of toxic chemicals or radiation, even nightmares such as bombings. Are you and your co-workers prepared to respond quickly and safely if disaster strikes? Steps you take today can save lives tomorrow, from having escape plans to knowing how to quickly turn off power and fuel supplies.)
 
An estimated 20,000 global justice activists blockade Washington, D.C., meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund - 2000

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Downtown Los Angeles



2016 Prize Announcement - The Pulitzer Prizes

Could Tampa Bay lose a daily newspaper? - WTSP

What would we do without newspapers? - Salina Journal

Detroit newspapers make tentative contract deal - Crain's

Power outage created hellish night - The San Diego Union-Tribune

With new roadblocks for digital news sites, what happens next? - NiemanLab

Unearthed newspapers offer us a time capsule of memories - Chicago Tribune

Newspapers Gobble Each Other Up to Survive Digital Apocalypse - Bloomberg

What's next for Orange County Register buyer Digital First? - Los Angeles Times

Digital First Media’s real price for southern California papers: A paltry $16 million - Politico

National Geographic: Newspapers industry - History Channel Full Documentary



Friday, April 15, 2016

Today in Labor History


A. Philip Randolph, civil rights leader and founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, born in Crescent City, Fla. - 1889
Eight members of the Musicians union die in the sinking of the Titanic. According to survivors, they played their instruments until nearly the end. Five weeks later a concert organized by the union to benefit the musicians' families, held in a theater donated for the evening by impresario Flo Ziegfeld, featured the talents of 500 musicians. The evening ended with a rendering of "Nearer, My God, to Thee," the hymn being played as the ship went down. The union at the time was called the Musical Mutual Protective Union Local 310, the New York affiliate of the American Federation of Musicians - 1912
IWW union Agricultural Workers Organization formed in Kansas City, Mo. - 1915

Teacher unionists gather at the City Club on Plymouth Court in Chicago to form a new national union: the American Federation of Teachers - 1916

Start of ultimately successful six-day strike across New England by one of the earliest women-led American unions, the Telephone Operators Department of IBEW - 1919

Transport Workers Union founded - 1934

The first McDonald’s restaurant opens, in Des Plaines, Ill., setting the stage years later for sociologist Amitai Etzioni to coin the term "McJob." As defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, a McJob is "an unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects, especially one created by the expansion of the service sector" - 1955



April 14
More than 100 Mexican and Filipino farm workers are arrested for union activities, Imperial Valley, Calif. Eight were convicted of “criminal syndicalism” - 1930
 
John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath published - 1939
 
The United Steelworkers and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers unions merge to form the largest industrial union in North America - 2005

Brian Lowry to CNN and more media notes

Brian Lowry to CNN and more media notes: Job moves, hires, book news, awards and other items I've been saving up on the media beat.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles Times pressmen from many decades ago





Newspapers in paperless world - Technique

How New York Media Balances Print and Digital - MIN

BuzzFeed slashes forecasts after missing 2015 targets - FT

Why invest in weekly newspapers? - Clare County Review

Gowan backs down on de-facto press ban - Tucson Sentinel

Newspaper kingpins launch marketing consortium - Poynter

HSSC 2016 Conference - Journalism in Southern California - Eventbrite

New York Times pours $50 million into reaching international readers - Poynter

Dale Maharidge wins April Sidney for downsized journalists - Hillman Foundation

Journalist Matthew Keys Sentenced To 24 Months For Tribune Media Hack - BuzzFeed


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