Sunday, December 04, 2016

Today in Labor History

December 04  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

President Roosevelt announces the end of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), concluding the four-year run of one of the American government's most ambitious public works programs. It helped create jobs for roughly 8.5 million people during the Great Depression and left a legacy of highways and public buildings, among other public gains - 1943
 
UAW President Walter Reuther elected president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations - 1952
 
Cesar Chavez jailed for 20 days for refusing to end United Farm Workers' grape boycott - 1970

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Read the memo: LA Times finally names an obituary editor

Read the memo: LA Times finally names an obituary editor: It's been awhile since there was an editor in charge of covering prominent deaths. He doesn't get any assigned writers.

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere




Tribune Media moving to Wacker Drive - Robert Feder

Tronc plans on laying off part of its IT department - DOL

Plane crash in Colombia leaves 20 journalists dead - Poynter

Making Newspapers and Libraries Cool Again - D Magazine

Covering the Trump era – with shrinking newsrooms - Politico

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Newspapers, the answer to fake news - Arizona Daily Star

Man Struck and Killed While Delivering Newspapers in West Hartford - NBC

Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei reveal their plan for media domination - Vanity Fair

Soon-Shiong and Ferro Stock Up on Additional Tronc Shares - Los Angeles Business Journal

Today is Pittsburgh's last day as a two-newspaper town with the Trib going digital - The Incline

Today in Labor History


Textile strikers win 10-hour day, Fall River, Mass. - 1866
 
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passes an ordinance setting an 8-hour workday for all city employees - 1867
 
IWW union Brotherhood of Timber Workers organized - 1910
 
Canada’s Quebec Bridge, spanning the St. Lawrence River, opens to traffic on this day after the deaths of 89 construction workers in the course of the job.  A flawed design was blamed for a 1907 collapse that killed 75; another 13 died in 1916 when a hoisting device failed as the central span was being lifted - 1919
 
General strike begins in Oakland, Calif., started by female department store clerks - 1946
 
The express passenger train "20th Century Limited" ends more than 60 years of service when it takes its last run from New York City to Chicago - 1967
 
Some 5,000 union construction workers in Oahu, Hawaii, march to City Hall in protest of a proposed construction moratorium by the city council – 1976
At least four thousand people die, and as many as 20,000, in one of the largest industrial disasters on record.  It happened in Bhopal, India, when poisonous methyl isocyante was released into the atmosphere at a Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant.  The results of investigations by Union Carbide and the government were never released to the public; one authoritative independent study laid blame at the feet of Union Carbide for its failures on training, staffing, safety and other issues - 1984

Arrests began today in Middleton, N.J., of teachers striking in violation of a no-strike law. Ultimately 228 educators were jailed for up to seven days before they were released following the Middleton Township Education Association's agreement to take the dispute to mediation - 2001 

Marty Baron warns of what's ahead for the press

Marty Baron warns of what's ahead for the press: The Washington Post editor known for the film

Friday, December 02, 2016

Read the memo: New York Times won't ban 'alt-right'

Read the memo: New York Times won't ban 'alt-right': Standards editor says explain the term because many readers don't know that

Today in Labor History

December 02  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

A Chicago "slugger," paid $50 by labor unions for every scab he "discouraged," described his job in an interview: "Oh, there ain't nothing to it. I gets my fifty, then I goes out and finds the guy they wanna have slugged, then I gives it to ‘im" - 1911
 
The U.S. Senate votes 65-22 to condemn Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisc.) for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.”  McCarthy was a rabid anti-Communist who falsely accused thousands of Americans, mostly people who supported labor, civil rights and other progressive causes, of being traitors - 1954
(A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present: McCarthy’s attack on progressive citizens is just one of many eye-openers revealed in Zinn’s book. If your last serious read of American history was in high school—or even in a standard college course—you’ll want to read this amazing account of America as seen through the eyes of its working people, women and minorities.)
 
Court documents filed in Boston say Walmart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $40 million to 87,500 Massachusetts employees who claimed the retailer denied them rest and meal breaks, manipulated time cards and refused to pay overtime - 2009

December 01

The Ford Motor Co. introduces the continuous moving assembly line which can produce a complete car every two-and-a-half minutes - 1913
 
Kellogg cereal adopts 6-hour day - 1930
 
African-American Rosa Parks refuses to go to the back of a Montgomery, Ala., bus, fueling the growing civil rights movement's campaign to win desegregation and end the deep South's "Jim Crow" laws - 1955
 
United Garment Workers of America merge with United Food & Commercial Workers Int’l Union - 1994
 
Metal Polishers, Buffers, Platers & Allied Workers Int’l Union & United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum & Plastics Workers of America merge with Int’l Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers - 1996

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere


tronc, a train-wreak in the making 



Wall Street Journal feels the pain - Politico

Gannett abandons bid to buy Tronc - Poynter

Shoptalk: The Value of Newspapers - Editor and Publisher

Thomson Reuters to cut 2,000 jobs worldwide - The Guardian

Where have all the unbiased newspapers gone? - MSU Reporter

Gannett Abandons Effort to Buy Newspaper Publisher Tronc - New York Times

Why is Jackson Rancheria casino tribe buying a newspaper? - The Sacramento Bee

Gannett's Bankers Can Look to Yellow Pages Bankruptcy for Caution on Tronc - The Street

Gannett pulls offer for Tronc, owner of L.A. Times, after six-month pursuit - Los Angeles Times

tronc Comments on Gannett’s Withdrawal of Its Proposal Due to Inability to Finance - Business Wire


Today in Labor History


In the nation’s first general strike for a 10-hour day, 300 armed Irish longshoremen marched through the streets of Philadelphia calling on other workers to join them.  Some 20,000 did, from clerks to bricklayers to city employees and other occupations.  The city announced a 10-hour workday within the week; private employers followed suit three weeks later – 1835
(Strikes Around the World: Are strikes going out of fashion or are they an inevitable feature of working life? This is a longstanding debate. The much-proclaimed ‘withering away of the strike’ in the 1950s was quickly overturned by the ‘resurgence of class conflict’ in the late 1960s and 1970s. The period since then has been characterized as one of ‘labor quiescence’. Commentators again predict the strike’s demise, at least in the former heartlands of capitalism.)
Thirty-seven Black striking Louisiana sugar workers are murdered when Louisiana militia, aided by bands of "prominent citizens," shoot unarmed workers trying to get a dollar-per-day wage. Two strike leaders are lynched - 1887

Malbone tunnel disaster in New York City; inexperienced scab motorman crashes five-car train during strike, 97 killed, 255 injured - 1918

Some 400,000 soft coal miners strike for higher wages and shorter hours - 1919

United Stone & Allied Products Workers of America merge with United Steelworkers of America - 1972

The UAW begins what was to become a successful 172-day strike against International Harvester. The union turned back company demands for weakened work rules, mandatory overtime - 1979

Honda assembles the first-ever Japanese car manufactured in a U.S. plant, in Marysville, Ohio - 1982

October 31

George Henry Evans publishes the first issue of the Working Man’s Advocate, “edited by a Mechanic” for the “useful and industrious classes” in New York City. He focused on the inequities between the “portion of society living in luxury and idleness” and those “groaning under the oppressions and miseries imposed on them.” - 1829
 
Tennessee sends in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville - 1891
 
After 14 years of labor by 400 stone masons, the Mt. Rushmore sculpture is completed in Keystone, S.D.- 1941
 
Int'l Alliance of Bill Posters, Billers & Distributors of the United States & Canada surrenders its AFL-CIO charter and is disbanded - 1971