Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tronc makes it official - from CEO Justin Dearborn

Colleagues,

Today, we officially rebranded as tronc, Inc. and will begin trading on the Nasdaq exchange under the stock ticker “TRNC.”

Our iconic institutions are some of the most respected brands in the world and will remain as such. tronc does not exist without the strength and integrity of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Sun Sentinel, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Daily Press, The Morning Call and the many local community verticals we own. Collectively, our publications have earned 92 Pulitzer Prize awards and garner an impressive monthly audience of over 60 million, reflecting the commitment and quality that each of you contribute. No other media company can match the power of our brands.

We are a content company first, last, and always – but in the face of disruption, we must evolve to preserve and grow our iconic brands. Our commitment to journalism has not changed, but we are deploying new technologies to bring our content to life and make it more accessible and visual to our ever-evolving audience.

Malcolm CasSelle, Chief Technology Officer and President of New Ventures, and newly appointed Chief Digital Officer Anne Vasquez are going to be visiting all of our local markets this week, sharing our vision and strategy behind tronc. They have also created this video to introduce tronc, what it means and how technology will help make our journalism even more powerful.

We are excited for the opportunity to meet and speak with many of you. The foundation of this company is rooted in our employees who deliver the news in our organizations, some of which have been serving their community with distinction for more than 250 years. With your commitment, we will continue to extend the influence of our titles and deepen our connections to our communities.

Best,

Justin

Mike Carlson Retires from the Los Angeles Times

After spending forty-five years producing newspapers for the Los Angeles Times Mike Carlson has decided to hang it up and retire to the easy life.

Mike has seen many changes over his four and a half decade career, from Letterpress printing to offset, from manually operated presses to computer controlled machines.

Ownership of the newspaper changed several times, and publishers came and went rather quickly.

Mike helped open the Chatsworth Production Facility, and watched as it was closed as business fled to social media.

Mike was always cheerful and had many different jokes he would share with his colleagues while toiling away at getting the daily newspaper published.

Congratulations Mike on a job well done.





tronc employee video



What is PLONFT, and how is it the future of journalism?


Today in Labor History

June 23  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Charles Moyer, president of the Western Federation of Miners, goes to Butte, Mont. in an attempt to mediate a conflict between factions of the miner’s local there. It didn’t go well. Gunfight in the union hall killed one man; Moyer and other union officers left the building, which was then leveled in a dynamite blast - 1914

Congress overrides President Harry Truman's veto of the anti-worker Taft-Hartley Act. The law weakened unions and let states exempt themselves from union requirements. Twenty states immediately enacted open shop laws and more followed - 1947

OSHA issues standard on cotton dust to protect 600,000 workers from byssinosis, also known as "brown lung" - 1978

A majority of the 5,000 textile workers at six Fieldcrest Cannon textile plants in Kannapolis, N.C., vote for union representation after an historic 25-year fight - 1999

June 22
A total of 86 passengers on a train carrying members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus are killed, another 127 injured in a wreck near Hammond, Indiana.  Five days later the dead are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park, Ill., in an area set aside as Showmen’s Rest, purchased only a few months earlier by the Showmen’s League of America - 1918

Violence erupted during a coal mine strike at Herrin, Ill. A total of 36 were killed, 21 of them non-union miners - 1922

June 21
In England, a compassionate parliament declares that children can't be required to work more than 12 hours a day. And they must have an hour’s instruction in the Christian Religion every Sunday and not be required to sleep more than two in a bed - 1802
(Kids at Work: 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.)

Ten miners accused of being militant "Molly Maguires" are hanged in Pennsylvania. A private corporation initiated the investigation of the 10 through a private detective agency. A private police force arrested them, and private attorneys for the coal companies prosecuted them. "The state provided only the courtroom and the gallows," a judge said many years later - 1877

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the right of unions to publish statements urging members to vote for a specific congressional candidate, ruling that such advocacy is not a violation of the Federal Corrupt Practices Act - 1948

An estimated 100,000 unionists and other supporters march in solidarity with striking Detroit News and Detroit Free Press newspaper workers - 1997

Thursday Afternoon in the Blogosphere




Tronc’s Data Delusion - Harvard Business Review

Tronc offers raises to newsroom employees - Politico

Tronc's star executives launch newsroom tour - Politico

U-T owner omits San Diego from video - San Diego Reader

Block 37 owner nears deal for Tribune Tower - Chicago Business

Top executive shows the world how to do unemployment right - Quartz

Jack Fuller, ex-Tribune editor and publisher, dies at 69 - Chicago Tribune

Steve Mosko Goes Shopping: Tribune Media Tops on His List - The Wrap

Drone journalism will be legally possible in any U.S. newsroom - NiemanLab

Why a major newspaper publisher renamed itself "Tronc" and released a silly video - Vox

Monday, June 20, 2016

Today in Labor History

June 20  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Birth of Albert Parsons, Haymarket martyr - 1848

The American Railway Union, headed by Eugene Debs, is founded in Chicago. In the Pullman strike a year later, the union was defeated by federal injunctions and troops, and Debs was imprisoned for violating the injunctions - 1893

Henry Ford recognizes the United Auto Workers, signs contract for workers at River Rouge plant - 1941

Striking African-American auto workers are attacked by KKK, National Workers League, and armed White workers at Belle Isle amusement park in Detroit. Two days of riots follow, 34 people are killed, more than 1,300 arrested - 1943
(All Labor Has Dignity: Dr. Martin Luther  King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. He fought throughout his life to connect the labor and civil rights movements, envisioning them as twin pillars for social reform. As we struggle with massive unemployment, a staggering racial wealth gap, and the near collapse of a financial system that puts profits before people, this collection of King's speeches on labor rights and economic justice underscore his relevance for today. They help us imagine King anew: as a human rights leader whose commitment to unions and an end to poverty was a crucial part of his civil rights agenda.)

The Taft-Hartley Labor Management Relations Act, curbing strikes, is vetoed by President Harry S. Truman. The veto was overridden three days later by a Republican-controlled Congress - 1947

Oil began traveling through the Alaska pipeline. Seventy thousand people worked on building the pipeline, history's largest privately-financed construction project - 1977

Evelyn Dubrow, described by the New York Times as organized labor's most prominent lobbyist at the time of its greatest power, dies at age 95. The Int’l Ladies' Garment Workers Union lobbyist once told the Times that "she trudged so many miles around Capitol Hill that she wore out 24 pairs of her size 4 shoes each year." She retired at age 86 - 2006

Tribune has a buyer for Times building in DTLA

Tribune has a buyer for Times building in DTLA: Onni group, based in Vancouver, has other projects in downtown and would redevelop the longtime LA Times home for offices and retail.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Thank you Frontier Communications

I have been offline since Sunday thanks to my new internet service provider Frontier Communications.
My patience is beginning to run low as I'm searching for options such as HughesNet, and Time Warner Cable. Unfortunately the cable will not be available in my neighborhood till the end of September of this year.

To grasp the magnitude of the outage follow this link Frontier Outage .

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Los Angeles Times Colleagues Mini-Reunion

Last week many former and current employees from Operations at the newspaper gather for a fun filled night at Angel Stadium, and the Angels won the game. A big shout out to Mark Austin and Cesar Calderon for creating the event.












Today in Labor History

June 09 - Union Communications Services, Inc.


Helen Marot is born in Philadelphia to a wealthy family.  She went on to organize the Bookkeepers, Stenographers and Accountants Union in New York, and to organize and lead the city's 1909-1910 Shirtwaist Strike.  In 1912, she was a member of a commission investigating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire - 1865




June 08
The earliest recorded strike by Chinese immigrants to the U.S. occurred when stonemasons, who were brought to San Francisco to build the three-story Parrott granite building—made from Chinese prefabricated blocks—struck for higher pay - 1852

A battle between the Militia and striking miners at Dunnville, Colo., ended with six union members dead and 15 taken prisoner.  Seventy-nine of the strikers were deported to Kansas two days later - 1904

Spectator mine disaster kills 168, Butte, Mont. - 1917

Some 35,000 members of the Machinists union begin what is to become a 43-day strike—the largest in airline history—against five carriers. The mechanics and other ground service workers wanted to share in the airlines’ substantial profits - 1966

New York City drawbridge tenders, in a dispute with the state over pension issues, leave a dozen bridges open, snarling traffic in what the Daily News described as "the biggest traffic snafu in the city's history" - 1971

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Wally Gratrix Rest in Peace

Just received the sad news that former Los Angeles Times pressman Wally Gratrix passed at the age of seventy-nine last week.

Wally was always a fun colleague to work with at the newspaper, and he didn't allow anything to remove his constant smile.













From his daughter Susan Gratrix;
My dad had his gallbladder removed on the 7th. Pathology found cancer and we were notified on the 20th of the cancer. I spent the following 10 with my parents dealing with rehab and then we took him home this past Friday. My dad told me to go home and that he would see us on the 9th. Sadly he decided to go home. He died last night. All my dad wanted was to get out hospital/rehab and go home. He said he did not want to die there. We got him home and knew he was loved. I am headed back to Pahrump to be with my mom.

A Memorial Service for Wally Gratrix will be held on Friday, June 10, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., at the Pahrump Elks Lodge, located at 2220 East Basin, Pahrump, Nevada. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Safe Haven in Care of the Pahrump Elks Lodge.

Colonel Tribune Sheds a Tear


Photo Credit Fil Kaplan

Teen accomplishes dream and earns himself enough money to pay for college



David Lamb, retired LA Times star reporter, 76

David Lamb, retired LA Times star reporter, 76: Lamb was "the consummate newspaperman in the glory days of the profession".

Gannett Issues Statement Regarding Offer to Acquire Tribune Publishing Company

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 7:30 am EDT

MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) ("Gannett" or the "Company") today issued the following statement regarding its $15.00 per share all-cash, no financing contingency, premium offer to acquire Tribune Publishing Company (NYSE:TPUB) (soon to be renamed “tronc”) ("Tribune").

Gannett thanks the stockholders of Tribune for their historic, substantial support for its “WITHHOLD” vote at the Tribune Publishing 2016 annual meeting. The final results confirm the conclusions Gannett drew in its June 2, 2016 press release, including that five of eight Tribune directors received less than 50 percent support from shares voted that are unaffiliated with Tribune or its Chairman Michael Ferro.

Gannett values the 11 iconic newspapers of Tribune and has determined to keep its offer in place as it evaluates various near-term developments, including the Tribune second quarter 2016 financial results, which are expected in August.

Gannett continues to believe that the Tribune Board should engage constructively with Gannett toward negotiating a merger agreement that benefits both companies’ stockholders. Gannett also believes it is imperative for due diligence to occur soon given the apparent rapid series of changes taking place inside Tribune that may diminish the value of Tribune to Gannett.

Gannett urges Tribune to stop delaying constructive negotiations by insisting on limiting conditions in its non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Gannett is ready to sign a customary NDA for an all-cash transaction of this type that will not have a financing contingency – similar to the version sent to Tribune in April – and does not limit its options to submit an offer directly to Tribune stockholders. Gannett believes that maintaining this flexibility is important in light of the continued opposition to Gannett’s offer from Tribune’s Ferro-led board.

Gannett’s $15.00 all-cash, no financing contingency offer represents a premium of 99 percent to the $7.52 closing price of Tribune’s common stock on April 22, 2016, the last trading day before Gannett publicly announced its initial offer for Tribune. The $15.00 per share offer also represents a 76 percent premium to the $8.50 share price at which Tribune recently issued common stock to an entity controlled by Michael Ferro.

Methuselah Advisors is acting as the exclusive financial advisor, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal counsel.

ABOUT GANNETT

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a next-generation media company committed to strengthening communities across the nation. Through trusted, compelling content and unmatched local-to-national reach, the company touches the lives of more than 100 million people monthly. With more than 120 markets internationally, it is known for Pulitzer Prize-winning newsrooms, powerhouse brands such as USA TODAY and specialized media properties. To connect with us, visit www.gannett.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this communication may be forward looking in nature or constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the proposed acquisition of Tribune by Gannett and the benefits of the proposed acquisition. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can typically be identified by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “predict,” “target,” “potential,” “likely,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “could,” “should,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “project” and similar expressions, as well as variations or negatives of these words. Any such statements speak only as of the date the statements were made and are not guarantees of future performance. The matters discussed in these forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, trends, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, among other things, the ability of Gannett and Tribune to agree to the terms of the proposed transaction and, in the event a definitive transaction agreement is executed, the ability of the parties to obtain any necessary stockholder and regulatory approvals, to satisfy any other conditions to the closing of the transaction and to consummate the proposed transaction on a timely basis, as well as changes in business strategies, economic conditions affecting the newspaper publishing business and Gannett’s ability to successfully integrate Tribune’s operations and employees with Gannett’s existing business. Additional information regarding risks, trends, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements is available in Gannett’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Gannett’s annual report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statements should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors. Gannett is not responsible for updating or revising any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. This communication relates to a proposal that Gannett has made for a business combination transaction with Tribune. In furtherance of this proposal and subject to future developments, Gannett (and, if a negotiated transaction is agreed, Tribune) may file one or more proxy statements or other documents with the SEC. This communication is not a substitute for any proxy statement or other document Gannett and/or Tribune may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF TRIBUNE ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENTS OR OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Any definitive proxy statement with respect to the proposed transaction (if and when available) will be mailed to stockholders of Tribune. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

This communication does not constitute a solicitation of a proxy from any stockholder with respect to the proposed transaction. However, Gannett and/or Tribune and their respective directors, executive officers and other employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. You can find information about Gannett’s directors and executive officers in Gannett’s definitive proxy statement for its 2016 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 23, 2016, and Gannett’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 27, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on February 25, 2016. You can find information about Tribune’s directors and executive officers in Tribune’s definitive proxy statement for its 2016 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 19, 2016. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in one or more proxy statements or other relevant documents filed with the SEC if and when they become available. You may obtain free copies of these documents using the sources indicated above.

TRIBUNE PUBLISHING ANNOUNCES CORPORATE REBRANDING, CHANGES NAME TO TRONC

Jun 02, 2016
Rebranding with Content Curation and Visualization Focus to Benefit 60 Million Digital Users
tronc to Begin Trading on Nasdaq on June 20
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tribune Publishing Co. (NYSE:TPUB) today announced that the Company will change its name to tronc, Inc., a content curation and monetization company focused on creating and distributing premium, verified content across all channels. tronc, or tribune online content, captures the essence of the Company’s mission. tronc pools the Company’s leading media brands and leverages innovative technology to deliver personalized and interactive experiences to its 60 million monthly users. The name change will become effective on June 20, 2016.
The Company also announced that it will be transferring its stock exchange listing from the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) to The Nasdaq Global Select Market (“Nasdaq”). tronc expects its common stock to begin trading as a Nasdaq-listed security under the new ticker symbol “TRNC” on June 20.
Chairman Michael Ferro said, “Our industry requires an innovative approach and a fundamentally different way of operating. Our transformation strategy – which has attracted over $114 million in growth capital – is focused on leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the user experience and better monetize our world-class content in order to deliver personalized content to our 60 million monthly users and drive value for all of our stakeholders. Our rebranding to tronc represents the manner in which we will pool our technology and content resources to execute on our strategy.”
Earlier this year, the Company announced a plan to transform its business. Since then, the Company has made important progress, including:
  • Reorganizing the business into new operating and reporting units to increase transparency and drive corporate focus.
  • Launching troncX, our content curation and monetization engine, to combine existing assets with new artificial intelligence (“AI”) technology to accelerate digital growth. The Company conducted a 30-day pilot of its AI efforts involving 1% of its traffic, delivering a 400% increase in the yield on programmatic revenue.
  • Partnering with Nant Capital and Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to accelerate the transformation from a legacy news company to a technology and content company, including gaining access to over 100 machine vision and artificial intelligence technology patents for news media applications.
As previously announced, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong also joined the Company’s Board of Directors today as Vice-Chairman.
"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong – a highly-regarded visionary and innovator – to our Board of Directors,” said Ferro. “We will benefit from Dr.Soon-Shiong’s entrepreneurial spirit and strong technology expertise as we aggressively implement the changes necessary to transform the Company and create superior value.”
“I am excited to join the Company as Vice-Chairman during this pivotal moment of transformation and revitalization,” said Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. “Today’s announcement underscores the Board’s commitment to completely transform the Company and the industry to protect the vital role that free speech plays in our communities. In the wake of significant disruption, it is time to bring the legacy publishing business into the modern era and leverage innovative technology – from machine learning to artificial intelligence – to create long-term sustainability and vitality.”
CEO Justin Dearborn continued, “We are pleased to partner with Nasdaq as our new stock market listing and are thrilled to be joining other leading innovators and technology companies listed on the exchange. We are confident Nasdaq will provide an ideal trading platform for tronc and cost effective access to a portfolio of tools and services to reach investors.”
“With its transfer to Nasdaq, tronc and its diverse portfolio of journalism and digital services joins the media and technology industries’ most innovative and dynamic leaders listed on the public markets,” said Nelson Griggs, Executive Vice President, Listing Services at Nasdaq. “We are proud to welcome tronc to the Nasdaq family and look forward to our partnership with the Company and its shareholders as the next phase of its growth strategy begins.”
The Company also plans to launch www.tronc.com, a visual content portal that will curate tronc’s premium content across all of its award-winning brands in one convenient place. The Company’s corporate website and investor relations pages will live within that platform after the transfer to Nasdaq on June 20.
Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, statements regarding Tribune Publishing’s expectations regarding the timing of its name change and transfer to Nasdaq, the impact of its rebranding, its long-term growth, and its strategic plan. Statements containing words such as “may,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “will,” “projections,” “continue,” “business outlook,” “estimate,” “outlook,” or similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Differences in Tribune Publishing's actual results from those described in these forward-looking statements may result from actions taken by Tribune Publishing as well as from risks and uncertainties beyond Tribune Publishing’s control. These risks and uncertainties include competition and other economic conditions including fragmentation of the media landscape and competition from other media alternatives; changes in advertising demand, circulation levels and audience shares; the Company’s ability to develop and grow its online businesses; the Company’s reliance on revenue from printing and distributing third-party publications; changes in newsprint prices; macroeconomic trends and conditions; the Company’s ability to adapt to technological changes; the Company’s ability to realize benefits or synergies from acquisitions or divestitures or to operate its businesses effectively following acquisitions or divestitures; the Company’s success in implementing expense mitigation efforts; the Company’s reliance on third-party vendors for various services; adverse results from litigation, governmental investigations or tax-related proceedings or audits; the Company's ability to attract and retain employees; the Company’s ability to satisfy pension and other postretirement employee benefit obligations; changes in accounting standards; the effect of labor strikes, lockouts and labor negotiations; regulatory and judicial rulings; the Company’s indebtedness and ability to comply with debt covenants applicable to its debt facilities; the Company’s ability to satisfy future capital and liquidity requirements; the Company’s ability to access the credit and capital markets at the times and in the amounts needed and on acceptable terms; and other events beyond the Company’s control that may result in unexpected adverse operating results. The Company’s actual results could also be impacted by the other risks detailed from time to time in its publicly filed documents, including in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and in other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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Source: Tribune Publishing Co.
Tribune Publishing Co.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere


A pool into which waiters, waitresses, hotel workers, etc, pay their tips and into which  some managements pay service charges for later distribution to staff by a tronc masteraccording to agreed percentages.



Tronc Is Bad News for Good Journalism - Slate

Gannett maintains offer for Tribune - USA Today

Tribune Publishing surges; Gannett not ready to drop bid - CNBC

Tribune to cut costs by outsourcing labor to India - Cal Coast News

Gannett to forge ahead with hostile takeover bid for Tribune - STLtoday.com

By shedding “Tribune,” Tronc loses a connection to its watchdog past - Poynter

David Lamb, longtime L.A. Times correspondent, dies at 76 - Los Angeles Times

Tribune Publishing shareholder pushes again for sale to Gannett - Chicago Tribune

Gannett Will Remain in Pursuit of Tribune Despite Board's Defiance - TheStreet.com

There are now more Americans working for online-only outlets than newspapers - NL

NPR photographer dies in Afghanistan, more media notes

NPR photographer dies in Afghanistan, more media notes: A managing editor is out, Muhammad Ali coverage, Tronc reactions, a wedding and more.

Today in Labor History

June 07  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Militia sent to Cripple Creek, Colo., to suppress Western Federation of Miners strike - 1904

Sole performance of Pageant of the Paterson (N.J.) Strike, created and performed by 1,000 mill workers from the silk industry strike, New York City - 1913

Striking textile workers battle police in Gastonia, N.C.  Police Chief O.F. Aderholt is accidentally killed by one of his own officers. Six strike leaders are convicted of “conspiracy to murder” and are sentenced to jail for from five to 20 years - 1929

Founding convention of the United Food and Commercial Workers. The merger brought together the Retail Clerks Int’l Union and the Amalgamated Meatcutters and Butcher Workmen of North America - 1979
(Parliamentary Procedure and Effective Union Meetings: You couldn’t have an effective convention if no one knew how to conduct a meeting. This is a very helpful guide for how to run or participate in a union meeting—not just the formal procedures, but the realities, like how to set an agenda, how to deal with people who just love to hear themselves speak and how to boost attendance, for example.)

The United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club announce the formation of a strategic alliance to pursue a joint public policy agenda under the banner of Good Jobs, A Clean Environment, and A Safer World - 2006

June 06

The U.S. Employment Service was created - 1933

A general strike by some 12,000 autoworkers and others in Lansing, Mich., shuts down the city for a month in what was to become known as the city’s “Labor Holiday.” The strike was precipitated by the arrest of nine workers, including the wife of the auto workers local union president: The arrest left three children in the couple’s home unattended - 1937

U.S. President Harry S. Truman and American Federation of Musicians President James Petrillo perform a piano duet at the union’s convention in Asbury Park, N.J. - 1948

Labor Party founding convention opens in Cleveland, Ohio - 1996