Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Today in Labor History

October 31  -- SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.
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, South Dakota - 1941

The Upholsterers International Union merges into the United Steelworkers - 1949

Int'l Alliance of Bill Posters, Billers & Distributors of the United States & Canada surrenders its AFL-CIO charter and is disbanded -1971

Today in #LaborHistory: Oct 31 -via- unionist.com

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

"If a mule died while working in the coal mines, a new mule had to be purchased. If a convict miner died, the state would furnish a new convict to replace the convict who died at no cost to the mine owner or the state." - from
http://www.coalcreekaml.com/Legacy.htm
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"The Knoxville Iron Company stockade was also seized that day, and several company buildings were destroyed in the process. All told 300 prisoners were released by the miners." - from
http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/tennessee-convict-war

"Fifteen year-old Lent Harris and his family are being evicted from the company house they have occupied for years. Determined to take a stand and resist the eviction order, the family finds itself facing three men with shotguns who underline their final warning by shooting the family's prize rooster." - from
http://www.fno.org/coalcreek/cover.html
Today in #LaborHistory: Oct 31 -via- unionist.com

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

"If a mule died while working in the coal mines, a new mule had to be purchased. If a convict miner died, the state would furnish a new convict to replace the convict who died at no cost to the mine owner or the state." - from http://www.coalcreekaml.com/Legacy.htm

"The Knoxville Iron Company stockade was also seized that day, and several company buildings were destroyed in the process. All told 300 prisoners were released by the miners." - from http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/tennessee-convict-war

"Fifteen year-old Lent Harris and his family are being evicted from the company house they have occupied for years. Determined to take a stand and resist the eviction order, the family finds itself facing three men with shotguns who underline their final warning by shooting the family's prize rooster." - from http://www.fno.org/coalcreek/cover.html

Los Angeles Times Pressmen's Breakfasts

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The Pressmen from the Los Angeles Times gather two to three times per year for breakfast and sometimes lunch or dinner to talk about the good old days at the newspaper. We met yesterday October 30th, 2012 for a meet and greet and everyone had a great time.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

The Blogging Pressman meets Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Letter to Arthur, Jill and Mark - Save Our Times

Newsweek to Go Out of Print - Newspaper Death Watch

CEOs threaten workers over Obama votes - Teamster Nation

Why is Gov. Brown's tax measure losing ground? - Mark Lacter

Circulation and advertising revenues down at McClatchy - Poynter

Newspaper stocks tumble on surprise NYT Co. loss - Gannett Blog

Boston Globe's revenue picture stabilizes, but will the stability last? - BBJ

Are Koch Brothers Behind $11M Gift to Prop. 32 Group? - Frying Pan News

Laid Off (Again), SoCal Daily Newspaper Vet Has Had Enough - Fishbowl LA

Tribune staffers react to news that Rupert Murdoch might buy paper - Romenesko

Today in Labor History

October 26  --  SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

After eight years and at least 1,000 worker deaths -- mostly Irish immigrants -- the 350-mile Erie Canal opens, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Father John Raho wrote to his bishop that "so many die that there is hardly any time to give Extreme Unction to everybody. We run night and day to assist the sick" - 1825

Working Class Heroes shared a link.
We need to raise minimum wage in this country, did you know it is $10 an hour in Canada and they complain about that, we need to end the working class poor -Mel
http://labornotes.org/2012/10/missouri-labor-takes-poverty-business-cements-alliances?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook
 

 
Today in #LaborHistory: Oct 26, 1825 -via- 'Rip & Ron'

The Erie Canal - known as "Clinton's Big Ditch" - opened on this date. Construction had begun on July 4, 1817 and utilized shovels, horses, and thousands of laborers. The canal connects Lake Erie and points west to New York harbor by way of the Hudson River. Shipping and travel costs and times were greatly reduced upon its completion.

"The sound of cannon shot rings through the town. Boom! There it goes again! The music of marching bands floats on the crisp fall air. It's Wednesday, October 26, 1825, and you are in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo is celebrating; in fact, all of New York is celebrating, because today marks the official opening of the Erie Canal." - from http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/eriecanal/ec_1825.shtml
...

"The Erie Canal is famous in song and story. Proposed in 1808 and completed in 1825, the canal links the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east. An engineering marvel when it was built, some called it the Eighth Wonder of the World." - from http://www.eriecanal.org/

"The canal consisted of 85 locks to manage a 500 foot (150 meter) rise in elevation from the Hudson River to Buffalo. The canal was 363 miles (584 kilometers) long, 40 feet (12m) wide, and 4 feet deep (1.2m). Overhead aqueducts were used to allow streams to cross the canal." - from http://geography.about.com/od/urbaneconomicgeography/a/eriecanal.htm
 
Today in #LaborHistory: Oct 26, 1825 -via- 'Rip & Ron'

The Erie Canal - known as "Clinton's Big Ditch" - opened on this date. Construction had begun on July 4, 1817 and utilized shovels, horses, and thousands of laborers. The canal connects Lake Erie and points west to New York harbor by way of the Hudson River. Shipping and travel costs and times were greatly reduced upon its completion.

"The sound of cannon shot rings through the town. Boom! There it goes again! The music of marching bands floats on the crisp fall air. It's Wednesday, October 26, 1825, and you are in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo is celebrating; in fact, all of New York is celebrating, because today marks the official opening of the Erie Canal." - from http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/eriecanal/ec_1825.shtml

"The Erie Canal is famous in song and story. Proposed in 1808 and completed in 1825, the canal links the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east. An engineering marvel when it was built, some called it the Eighth Wonder of the World." - from http://www.eriecanal.org/

"The canal consisted of 85 locks to manage a 500 foot (150 meter) rise in elevation from the Hudson River to Buffalo. The canal was 363 miles (584 kilometers) long, 40 feet (12m) wide, and 4 feet deep (1.2m). Overhead aqueducts were used to allow streams to cross the canal." - from http://geography.about.com/od/urbaneconomicgeography/a/eriecanal.htm
 

Good reason to vote NO on Prop 30

CBS2 Investigates Caltrans Employees Who Use Taxpayer-Funded Cars For Personal Use


 
losangeles.cbslocal.com
 
A CBS2 investigation found some Caltrans employees using taxpayer-funded work cars for their own personal use.



h/t Jason Sloan

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Los Angeles Times Retirees Breakfast



It's that time again where former, and a few current, employees of the Los Angeles Times gather for breakfast and to recall the days when the newspaper was a great place to work. The location has been changed due to the closing of the previous restaurant in Diamond Bar. Our new location is located off the San Bernadino Freeway at Azusa Ave. A big thank you is in order to Emmett Jaime for keeping the breakfasts intact.

Place: Carrows Restaurant
Address: 101 S. Azusa Ave., West Covina, CA. 91791

Phone : (626) 919-1618
Date: Oct.30th
Time: 9:30am


Please RSVP as we are limited to how many people we can sit in the banquet room so get there early. ejaime3@msn.com

 
 

Jesse Jackson arrested at Sensata plant

Jesse Jackson arrested at Sensata plant

Today in Labor History

October 25  --  SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

25,000 silk dye workers strike in Paterson, NJ - 1934

In what becomes known as the Great Hawaiian Dock Strike, a six-month struggle to win wage parity with mainland dock workers, ends in victory - 1949

The Tribune Co. begins a brutal five-month-long lockout at the New York Daily News, part of an effort to bust the newspaper’s unions - 1990

John Sweeney, president of the Service Employees Intl. Union, elected president of AFL-CIO - 1995







October 24

The 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed by Pres. Roosevelt two years earlier - 1940

U.S. minimum wage increases to 40 cents an hour - 1945
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Today in #LaborHistory: Oct 25 -via- unionist.com

In what becomes known as the Great Hawaiian Dock Strike, a six-month struggle to win wage parity with mainland dock workers, ends in victory - 1949

"The story of the 1949 dock strike will be anchored by the faces and voices of the rank and file longshoremen who were the heroes of 1949. The reality of the times will be captured through the stories of the people who made this history." - from http://homepages.uhwo.hawaii.edu/clear/1949.html
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"Longshoremen in Hawaii did the same work on the same cargoes on the same ships for the same companies, and belonged to the same union as longshoremen in West Coast ports. Yet under the Big Five's "colonial wage theory," they had always been paid substantially lower wages and worked under inferior conditions." - from http://www.ilwu19.com/history/the_ilwu_story/organization_in_hawaii.htm

"Violence erupted on several occasions, including one event in July 1949 when hundreds of picketers stormed the non-union hiring hall of the Hawaii Stevedores." - from http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/specials/dockstrikes.html
Today in #LaborHistory: Oct 25 -via- unionist.com

In what becomes known as the Great Hawaiian Dock Strike, a six-month struggle to win wage parity with mainland dock workers, ends in victory - 1949

"The story of the 1949 dock strike will be anchored by the faces and voices of the rank and file longshoremen who were the heroes of 1949. The reality of the times will be captured through the stories of the people who made this history." - from http://homepages.uhwo.hawaii.edu/clear/1949.html

"Longshoremen in Hawaii did the same work on the same cargoes on the same ships for the same companies, and belonged to the same union as longshoremen in West Coast ports. Yet under the Big Five's "colonial wage theory," they had always been paid substantially lower wages and worked under inferior conditions." - from http://www.ilwu19.com/history/the_ilwu_story/organization_in_hawaii.htm

"Violence erupted on several occasions, including one event in July 1949 when hundreds of picketers stormed the non-union hiring hall of the Hawaii Stevedores." - from http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/specials/dockstrikes.html


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Today in Labor History

October 23

Explosion and fire at Phillips Petroleum refinery in Pasadena, Texas, kills 23 and injures 314 - 1989

Postal workers Joseph Cursseen and Thomas Morris die after inhaling anthrax at the Brentwood mail sorting center in Washington, D.C. Other postal workers are made ill. Letters containing the deadly spores had been addressed to U.S. Senate offices and media outlets - 2001






SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

Monday, October 22, 2012

FREE HOLLYWOOD RED CARPET EVENT 11/10/12 3-7PM Sammy Maloof and Veteran Bob Wieland




Join Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Hollywood Stuntman, speaker & author Sammy Maloof as he joins forces with Vietnam Veteran of the year and Motivational Speaker Bob "Mr. Inspiration" Wieland. Together, they are changing lives all over the world with their WINNING message. Join them on November 10, 2012 at 3PM for a LIFE-CHANGING fund raising event at Maloof Racing Engines, San Gabriel, CA. You don't want to miss this amazing line-up of celebrity guests and a chance to WIN a 3 hour ride-a-long, mentorship and dinner with Sammy and Bob and filming of a new reality TV show. RSVP soon at http:/bringbackhope.eventbrite.com

Last Day to Register to Vote


Today is the last day to register to vote in California! If you have a CA driver's license, then you can register completely online at www.rockthevote.com. If you do not have a CA driver's license, then fill out the registration form at www.rockthevote.com and make sure to print and mail it by today.

Today in Labor History

Today in labor history for the week of October 22, 2012

October 22


Bank robber Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd is killed by FBI agents near East Liverpool, Ohio. He was a hero to the people of Oklahoma who saw him as a "Sagebrush Robin Hood," stealing from banks and sharing some of the proceeds with the poor - 1934

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Today in Labor History

October 16 -- SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

Queen Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is beheaded during the French Revolution. When alerted that the peasants were suffering due to widespread bread shortages, lore has it that she replied, “Let them eat cake.” In fact she never said that, but workers were, justifiably, ready to believe anything bad about their cold-hearted Royalty - 1793

Abolitionist John Brown leads 18 men, including five free blacks, in an attack on the Harper's Ferry ammunition depot, the beginning of guerilla warfare against slavery - 1859  

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

As the Space Shuttle Endeavour inched by last Friday, click here for additional photographs



Earnings | GCI seen reporting Q3 rev, profit jump - Gannett Blog

What you need to know about minimalist news app Circa - Poynter

US newspaper puts 'print first' and hires 50 editorial staff - Guardian

Surprise! Researchers See Industry Growth - Newspaper Death Watch

Prop. 32: A Zombie Measure Returns from the Dead - Frying Pan News

Laguna Beach Man Collects Thousands of Old Newspapers - Fishbowl LA

Teenagers’ Cars Are the Gifts That Keep on Wreaking Havoc - Streets Blog

Larry Flynt firm to acquire Boulder's New Frontier Media Inc. - Daily Camera

Newspapers' decline continues, Pew asks: is TV news next? - Chicago Tribune

Digital now represents more than 25 percent of total revenues - Wall Street Journal

The FREE Red Carpet Hollywood Fundraiser



WINNING at THE RACE of Life presents
THE FREE RED CARPET FUND RAISER:
Feed the Homeless! Help the Children! Giving Under Privileged Children a Chance! IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

 WHEN:  Saturday, November 10th 2012 from 3pm- 7pm
Celebrate With Hosts and Guest Speakers:
HOLLYWOOD STUNT MAN SPEAKER AND AUTHOR SAMMY MALOOF http://www.SammyMaloof.com/ (his stunt credits include: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Fast & Furious, Transporter 2, Spiderman 2, Rush Hour, Gone in 60 Seconds, etc......)
AND  VIETNAM VETERAN AND "MR INSPIRATION" (named by Former President Reagan ) BOB WIELAND http://www.BobWieland.com/
Bob walked across America on his HANDS. Yes, 3 years and 8 months thru the desert heat, HIS MISSION WAS ACCOMPLISHED! Come Listen To His Story!

THE WINNING AT THE RACE OF LIFE TOUR STARTS HERE IN LOS ANGELES, CA (and continues throughout the nation, coming to a city near you)
Come, Celebrate and Be part of Our FREE Fundraiser (being filmed for the development of our REALITY SHOW) BRING YOUR CAMERAS AND SMILES GUEST SURPRISE CELEBRITY APPEARANCES!

WIN A CHANCE FOR THE HOLLYWOOD EXPERIENCE:
A 3 hour Ride-A-Long as Sammy puts on a unforgetable show, "how it’s done" in the movies WITH YOU IN THE CAR! “THE KIDS WILL LOVE THIS!”

WHERE: Maloof Racing Engines 843 Commercial Ave, San Gabriel CA 91776

WHOSE INVITED?: Everyone throughout our communities, kids, adults, males, females, out of towners, families, young adults, teenagers and EVERYONE ELSE!

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:
Michael Roberts (event coordinator) 310-890-3348
Janeen ( event coordinator) 626-292-2258
 
AND SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:
LIFE SURVIVOR AND HEALTH & G FITNESS GURU MICHAEL ROBERTS

 "Growing up with divorced, alcoholic and abusive parents, I turned to drugs and alcohol at a early age. With no discipline and the freedom to do whatever I wanted, alcohol and drugs became my way of life. On Dec 5th, 1985 at the age of 17, I felt as if the only way out was to end my life, I bought a 12 pack of beer and stood overlooking a 250 foot cliff. I began thinking and said to myself “What a relief it would be for my parents to know that the mistake they had once made in me, was no longer around.” As I stood looking down, I heard a voice, I turned to look back and saw a police officer standing as he said “It’s not worth it please don’t do it.” I then looked at him and said “I’m sorry” and then I JUMPED!

 Little did I know I would jump into the arms of a angel that the Good Lord Above would send to me. Falling and tumbling down to the bottom, I was helicoptered to a hospital with Doctors saying “This one will not live.” I slipped into a comma and began the fight of my life, having to learn to walk, talk and write again, having many broken bones to heal, remarkably 2 years of rehab later and with nothing but scars to show, I made a full recovery.

 This is when health and fitness came into my life and 25 years later has made a difference in me thinking how life is so precious. I want my story to help those people around the world who are leading that same dark path that I once choose and to reach out to the parents, simply put “Children See, Children Do.” I grew up not caring about life, health and fitness changed my way of thinking and SAVED MY LIFE!"
– Michael Roberts

DON’T MISS THE FUN, MUSIC, PRIZES, GIVEAWAYS, LIVE MUSIC PERFORMERS, COMEDIANS, FOOD, DRINKS, CELEBRITIES AND MOST IMPORTANTLY --THE "HOLLYWOOD EXPERIENCE!"

 

Road to Wellness

 
 
Many don't understand what a life of wellness really is because most are too busy working to build someone else's dream and spending time not really enjoying what life has to offer.

We are buying things that are affecting children, family and loved ones. PARENTS WITH CHILDREN ESPECIALLY NEED THIS INFORMATION!!!

Living a life of wellness is a lifestyle. We must be aware of what's going on in our homes and community! Sharing this information is blessing people physically and personally. I pray this information continues to bless everyone.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Today in Labor History

Today in labor history for the week of October 15, 2012

October 15
Pres. 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
SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.