Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Steve Chacon, longtime ABC 7 photographer was 58 - LA Observed

Steve Chacon, longtime ABC 7 photographer was 58 - LA Observed

Los Angeles Times Pfaffinger Foundation

I noted a sharp increase the past few days to the information regarding the Pfaffinger Foundation, and didn't give it much though until a message arrived a moment ago. The sender mentioned many employees have received a letter from the foundation, but didn't have any further information. I'll send an email to the foundation's CEO and see what is happening?


PFAFFINGER FOUNDATION was established in 1936 by Frank Pfaffinger, a cabinet-maker from Bavaria who immigrated to the United States in 1882 and began working for the Los Angeles Times in 1887.  During a 53-year career with the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Pfaffinger also served as treasurer of the Times Mirror Company, formerly the parent company of the newspapers whose employees are now served by the Foundation.  He helped the company grow through his frugal spending policies and careful business practices.

Mr. Pfaffinger was a philanthropist who cared deeply about the welfare of his fellow employees, often anonymously helping employees in need.  He was an early shareholder of Times Mirror, acquired real estate in Los Angeles and elsewhere in Southern California, and invested in a number of local business ventures.  Four years before his death in 1940, he set aside the bulk of his estate to create a permanent foundation that would that would, as he requested, assist “needy employees and former employees of The Times Mirror Company,” and their families.  Since the Foundation’s assistance program became fully operational in 1945, grants have been made continuously to employees, retirees, and their families.

Frank Pfaffinger’s extraordinary insight created a legacy that continues into the 21st Century.  Direct financial assistance, coupled with the support and guidance of professional case managers, make the Pfaffinger Foundation a rare and nearly unique organization.


The Pfaffinger Foundation continues to honor the legacy of Frank Pfaffinger.  Managed by a professional staff under the direction of a board of directors, the Pfaffinger Foundation provides help to eligible employees, retirees, and surviving spouses at the newspapers previously owned by Times Mirror.  Assistance is provided for such needs as medical expenses, emergency food and shelter, and other basic necessities due to unforeseen financial difficulties.  The Foundation does not provide funds for usual or voluntary expenses such as weddings, travel, or investments.

Los Angeles Times employees are also eligible for assistance from the Foundation.  A separate brochure is available for them describing the Foundation’s programs.

McClatchy asks administration if it helped New Zealand track a journalist

McClatchy asks administration if it helped New Zealand track a journalist

Sneak Peek: Pivot Programming

Visit OR call 855.WantPivotTv to find out how to watch pivot.

pivot is a new television network from Participant Media — the people that brought you movies and documentaries like "Lincoln", "Food, Inc.", and "An Inconvenient Truth."

pivot delivers diverse talent and an entertaining mix of original and acquired programming. Content will range from a live nightly topical show to narrative films and documentaries, alongside original comedies and dramas. Available to more than 40 million subscribers at launch, the network is also coming soon as a live streaming channel via an interactive, downloadable app.

The Ultimate Stones playing in Corona

Old newspaper era is over: Obama

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama acknowledged the problems facing the US newspaper industry on Wednesday, ironically in an interview that was distributed via online retail giant Amazon's Kindle e-reader.

Complete article can be viewed at The International News

Gannett Blog: Wisconsin | More layoffs reported today; GM is out...

Gannett Blog: Wisconsin | More layoffs reported today; GM is out...: [ Updated at 6:06 p.m. ET. ] In a comment, a reader reports a total of 31 layoffs today across all 10 Wisconsin newspapers. [ Updated at ...


We have a launched a 'DONATE A DOLLAR' Campaign. $1 goes a long way, and if everyone who ever clicks on our page, likes our FB, followers us on twitter or hears about us donates just $1 we could reach our goal of feeding 10,000 homeless youth! Please share our campaign and get your friends to donate just $1 towards this fantastic cause and add some SUGAR into their lives and yours! Be a SWEET Fan of the SUGAR FILM PROJECT! Every little bit helps! Please help us, help them! Thank you.


Youth Homelessness refers to youth who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or caught in the cycle of homelessness. This includes the many homeless youth (some say as high as 80%) who don't live on the street and who are among the hidden homeless. The age definition of youth ranges from as young as 12 to as old as 29. Most often, youth are defined as 16-24 years old.

Facts about Homeless Youth:

  • Comprise the fastest growing age group within the homeless population.
  • Approximately 100 million youth living on the streets worldwide today.
  • Approximately 1.7 million homeless teens in the US
  • An estimated 65,000 youth are homeless across Canada.
  • 39% of the homeless population is under 18.
  • 5,000 young people die every year because of assault, illness or suicide while on the street.
  • A U.S. Department of Health & Human Services study found that 46% of homeless youth left their home because of physical abuse. 17% left because of sexual abuse.
  • Approximately 70-75% of homeless youth are 'local kids' from the surrounding geographic area.
  • Studies have found high rates of mental problems among homeless youth, both as a cause and a consequence of homelessness.
  • Over 50% of young people in shelters and on the streets report that their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and didn’t care.
  • Teens age 12 to 17 are more likely to become homeless than adults.
  • The average age a teen becomes homeless is 14.7 years old

Gannett Blog: I've now started tracking a new round of layoffs

Gannett Blog: I've now started tracking a new round of layoffs: Gannett's U.S. newspaper division has launched another series of layoffs and other cost-cutting measures, according to notes I've b...

New Cigarette Tax Could Reduce State Revenues

Photo courtesy Sudipto_Sarkar, flickr

 SB 768, by state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, would increase the state’s cigarette tax another $2 a pack from the current 87 cents. That would be a 230 percent hike, to $2.87.

Conrad Black on Newspaper Title Sales, U.S. Exceptionalism

July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Conrad Black, the former Hollinger International Inc. chairman convicted in 2007 on fraud and obstruction charges, talks about the newspaper industry, Rupert Murdoch and Warren Buffett's business strategies, and the outlook for U.S. democracy. Black speaks with Erik Schatzker and Sara Eisen on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." (Source: Bloomberg)

Why the economy is merely shuffling along - LA Biz Observed

Why the economy is merely shuffling along - LA Biz Observed

Today in Labor History

2013.07.29history-baseball-strikeJuly 31 - Union Communications Services, Inc.

Members of the National Football League Players Association begin what is to be a 2-day strike, their first. The issues: pay, pensions, the right to arbitration and the right to have agents - 1970

Fifty-day baseball strike ends - 1981

The Great Shipyard Strike of 1999 ends after Steelworkers at Newport News Shipbuilding ratify a breakthrough agreement which nearly doubles pensions, increases security, ends inequality, and provides the highest wage increases in company and industry history to nearly 10,000 workers at the yard. The strike lasted 15 weeks - 1999\

SOLIDARITY WORKS!!! via- Teamsters

Gold Coast Ambulance employees are vowing to strike as long as necessary to win a pay increase. Right now they’re making fast-food wages. Please show some support for our brothers and sisters at Teamsters Local 542 who walked off the job yesterday. Read more:

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Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles Times pressmen late 1960's

Plain Dealer layoffs coming today - Poynter

The Indianapolis Star hit list - Ruth Holladay

Media, left out of the relationship - Jeff Jarvis

Plain Dealer staffers claim newspaper lied - Crain's

Old newspapers can inform, entertain - Knox News

Des Moines | Print sub rates said jumping 40% - Gannett Blog

Cleveland Plain Dealer lays off about 50 journalists - Romenesko

A Not So Nitty Gritty Tour of the City Council - Joseph Mailander

A country practice: how bush newspapers might outsmart metros - Crikey

Changing newspaper industry prompts Bradenton Herald move - Tampa Bay

Axl Hazarika - Hum Badal Gaye

Official Music Video of Indian Indie Rock artist Axl Hazarika's Hum Badal Gaye
Video by Axl & Ryan Hazarika
Produced by John Henry
Hum Badal Gaye is the title track of the First Animation Film from Northeast India
(C) 2013 Elektrokore Music

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Reggae Superstar Tarrus Riley Live in LA!

California, U.S.A (C Los Entertainment) - On August 3rd, 2013, Inglewood California welcomes Reggae superstar Tarrus Riley. Fresh off his European tour, the international singer will headline a one night performance at the Hollywood Park Casino. Patrons will be treated to an unforgettable performance when Tarrus Riley touches the stage to deliver his award winning hits such as "She's Royal, Good Girls Gone Bad, Sorry Is Just A Sorry Word, Superman" and more

The show's promoter C-Los Entertainment & group have for 10 years pride themselves in delivering some of the best and hottest Reggae parties and events in the Los Angeles, California area. "We are excited to welcome Tarrus Riley to Cali, we do lots of shows and every time someone asks for Tarrus, it was time, he is one of the best and his music stands timeless" says Carlos of C-Los Ent. 

Pre-sale tickets are available for $35 at

Doors open 8:00pm til 2:30am
Showtime 10:00pm SHARP
Location: Hollywood Park Casino, 3883 W. Century blvd Inglewood CA 90303
Information: (714) 872-0996

Come experience what many consider the best reggae party environment the LA area!

 About Tarrus Riley:

Tarrus Riley’s foray into music was inevitable. The talented singer and songwriter was always surrounded by music from an early age. His father is veteran reggae singer Jimmy Riley.
Riley has learnt a lot by merely being in the environment of the music business. He caught on very quickly and made his recording debut as a teenager. “I’ve always loved music; I used to deejay but everyone used to encourage me to sing. They used to call me “Singy Singy” because I was always singing,” Riley commented. 

In 2004, Tarrus released his debut album, Challenges. “I was fortunate to have recorded my debut album with an independent label out of Miami”. The secret to his success is quite simple – “when preparation meets opportunity”, stated a self-assured Riley. ‘I sing for the people - this is the contribution I can make and after I make a song; it isn’t even mine anymore; it belongs to the people.”
Read more..

Today in Labor History

July 30  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965, establishing Medicare and Medicaid - 1965

Former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears. Declared legally dead in 1982, his body has never been found - 1975

United Airlines agrees to offer domestic-partner benefits to employees and retirees worldwide - 1999

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965, establishing Medicare and Medicaid - 1965 ~De

PHOTO- President Johnson signing the Medicare program into law, July 30, 1965. Shown with the President (on the right in the photo) are (left to right) Mrs. Johnson; former President Harry Truman; Vice-President Hubert Humphrey; and Mrs. Truman. Photo courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library.

LA Times is hiring: editorial writer - LA Observed

LA Times is hiring: editorial writer - LA Observed

Ourselves Alone & Homeless Jac

Avon Beauty Center - Fountain Valley, CA

Avon Beauty Center
18902 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 277-5181

Watch this video of our former colleague Antonio Gonzalez  and his wife Celia Gonzalez, co-owner of the Avon Beauty Center. I'm always pleased to see former Los Angeles Times employees succeeding in their lives after the newspaper.

New Zealand says it’s not spying on McClatchy journalist

New Zealand says it’s not spying on McClatchy journalist

Monday, July 29, 2013

Raising Money to Feed 10,000 Homeless Youth

Today's news in the Los Angeles Times "Sex-trafficking sting highlights vulnerability of foster children" only reveals what can happen to homeless young women that run away from their care givers. Consider attending this worthwhile event next week, and it will only cost you $10.00 to make a difference.

The Advocate offers buyouts to veteran staffers | Poynter.

The Advocate offers buyouts to veteran staffers | Poynter.

The TRUTH About Why Slavery Really Ended

They cared nothing about the lives of Black people, they cared nothing about the way that we were treated, they cared nothing about African life.

Sports scribes abuzz with speculation about TJ Simers - LA Observed

Sports scribes abuzz with speculation about TJ Simers - LA Observed

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

One Love Gear offers all Reggae shirts at $12.95, visit our shop

Tribune applies to sell WNEP TV - Pocono Record

How print can make it in the digital world - GMA News

At a Crossroads: Labor Faces the Future - Frying Pan News

Sinclair to buy Allbritton TV stations for $985 million - Poynter

In big tech story, the score is Google: 6, Gannett: 0 - Gannett Blog

Digital now drives the graphics department at LA Times - Kevin Roderick

Newspaper tells employees to sign form to drug/alcohol testing - Romenesko

With Falling Newsstand Sales, UK Newspapers Push Subscriptions - Mashable

Belo Corporation Announces Second Quarter 2013 Net Income - Herald Online

Business Insider gives sponsor limited content control; is it ethical? - WAN-INFR

Today in Labor History

July 29  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Coast Seamen's Union merges with the Steamship Sailors’ Union to form the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific - 1891
A preliminary delegation from Mother Jones' March of the Mill Children from Philadelphia to President Theodore Roosevelt's summer home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, publicizing the harsh conditions of child labor, arrives today. They are not allowed through the gates - 1903

Following a 5-year table grape boycott, Delano-area growers file into the United Farm Workers union hall in Delano, Calif., to sign their first union contracts - 1970

Our Runaway and Homeless Youth

Friday, July 26, 2013

SUGAR - Film About Helping Homeless Youth in America

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself “What’s my calling?” Many people begin questioning themselves after working at a job they really dislike for decades but feel trapped and afraid to make the needed changes to make life much more fulfilling, and actually have a purpose. I’m one of the blessed that has found my calling, by making a difference in the lives of many, which I share a small percentage of online.

I have always been in the belief we meet people for a reason, not just by random coincidence as some believe. At times the reason is revealed quickly, other times the reasons are never understood or revealed to us.

A movie was brought to my attention titled ‘Sugar’, based on a fictional young character attempting to navigate the streets of Venice Beach after losing her parents to an auto accident, and becoming homeless.
Award winning director Rotimi Rainwater recreates living on the streets from his first-hand experience. Mr. Rainwater was homeless in Florida for almost a year himself, and understands the trials and tribulations the homeless face on a daily basis.

American’s like to assume issues such as homeless children doesn’t affect our country, or themselves, and will avoid certain parts of town where thousands of homeless children and adults congregate, as if this will ease their guilt for looking the other way. Sugar will bring our awareness to center stage as this issue continues to fester and grow daily in cities across our country.

Before viewing the Sugar trailer my assumption was, here's another low budget film, made by aspiring Hollywood young people just starting out, I was incorrect. With stars such as Shenae Grimes, Corbin Bleu, Austin Williams, and Marshall Allman playing keys roles, Sugar was extremely well done. 

Sugar was the winner of the ‘Films Heals Award’ at the Manhattan Film Festival, which will make for a great launch for such a worthy cause as Sugar.

Executive producer Elliot Broidy’ creation sends the homeless youth a positive message regarding their situation and  offers options for the homeless to escape their chains of living on the streets. Elliot Broidy was immediately drawn to Sugar, not to leave a mark in history, but to aid young people in need. Mr. Broidy is well seasoned in helping others through organizations such as Lauren’s Kids Foundation, and Council of Guardians of Aviva Family and Childrens Services. Mr. Broidy works as an investment manager in Los Angeles at his firm Broidy Capital Management.

To further raise awareness in advance of the September premiere, the movie’s production team has strategically scheduled screenings in several cities with large homeless youth populations.

More information including screening dates visit:

SUGAR - Trailer 


Published on Jun 28, 2013

Director Rotimi Rainwater.

Elliott Broidy is a leading Los Angeles philanthropist supporting initiatives ranging from the arts to empowering disadvantaged children.

His most recent philanthropy sheds light on the issues facing homeless youth in Los Angeles. As an Executive Producer of the upcoming film Sugar, Broidy aims to provide hope as well as 10,000 meals for homeless Los Angeles youth.

Elliott Broidy's philanthropic support continues to provide hope to those who otherwise may not have the resources to improve their social or economic situations.

Today in Labor History

July 26  -- Union Communications Services, Inc.

In Chicago, 30 workers are killed by federal troops, more than 100 wounded at the "Battle of the Viaduct" during the 2013.07.22history-battle-viaductGreat Railroad Strike - 1877

President Grover Cleveland appoints a United States Strike Committee to investigate the causes of the Pullman strike and the subsequent strike by the American Railway Union. Later that year the commission issues its report, absolving the strikers and blaming Pullman and the railroads for the conflict - 1894

Battle of Mucklow, W.Va., in coal strike. An estimated 100,000 shots were fired; 12 miners and four guards were killed - 1912

President Truman issues Executive Order 9981, directing equality of opportunity in armed forces - 1948

2013.07.22history-adaThe Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect today. It requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to qualified disabled employees and bans discrimination against such workers - 1992

Teamsters Strike 1934

Governor Olson declared martial law in Minneapolis.

On July 25 Rev. Frances J. Haas and E.H. Dunnigan issue their plan for a settlement which becomes known as the Haas-Dunnigan Plan.

According to its provisions the strike was to be called off immediately, all workers were to be reinstated, union elections were to be conducted by the Regional Labor Board, negotiations on wages and hours were to be undertaken as soon as employee representation was determined, and, if no agreement was reached, wage levels v^'cre to be established by a five-man board of arbitration.
The governor hoped his threat of martial law would prompt the employers to accept the Haas-Dunnigan proposal. As expected, President William S. Brown of Local 574 immediately
notified the mediators that "by overwhelming majority in a secret ballot Local Union 574 accepts your proposal of July 25, 1934, to settle the strike."

The governor's strategy failed, however, when the Employers' Committee accepted the plan only with modifications— elimination of the minimum wage clause and the provision to rehire all strikers.
On July 26, 2012 the Governor stated that “ a state of insurrection existed” and placed the city under Marshall Law. Approximately 4,000 guardsmen were deployed and the union was forbidden from picketing or even conducting any open air meetings (Rebellion,Dobbs,149).

The Chicago Tribune called Olson a dictator and called his actions “pure Nazi doctrine.” The New York Times on its front page declared that a military dictatorship had been established in Minneapolis.

Father Haas had notified Washington that "the Citizens' Alliance dominates the employers by the
threat of cutting off bank credit." Many of the Alliance leaders were bank executives who had little personal interest in the trucking dispute but who were determined to see the union defeated and the open shop.

Register owner says paper's numbers short of expectations - LA Biz Observed

Register owner says paper's numbers short of expectations - LA Biz Observed

Young Homeless People by Fitzp

David Simon on the Koch Brothers

Join David Simon and sign the petition:

David Simon, creator of The Wire and Treme, joins Working Families' campaign against the sale of the Baltimore Sun and the Tribune newspapers to the Koch brothers.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

KTVU reportedly fires producers following on-air gaffe

KTVU reportedly fires producers following on-air gaffe

Thursday Night in the Blogosphere

David Simon joins anti-Koch effort - Politico

Springer sells newspapers in digital push - Global Times

Petitioners ask FCC to block Gannett-Belo deal - Poynter

British newspapers are becoming more American - The Economist

Trooper takes newspapers to cover friends arrest - Historic City News

‘Today I Went on Strike’ — A Strike Fund Appeal - Frying Pan News

Quebecor looks to social media to drive revenue - The Globe and Mail

What Google’s just-announced Chromecast means for news orgs - WAN-IFRA

A Bold Investment Strategy Shows Signs of Paying Off - Newspaper Death Watch

The Onion declares print dead, encourages rioting across the country - Romenesko

Today in Labor History

July 25  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Workers stage a general strike—believed to be the nation’s first—in St. Louis, in support of striking railroad workers. The successful strike was ended when some 3,000 federal troops and 5,000 deputized special police killed at least eighteen people in skirmishes around the city - 1877

New York garment workers win closed shop and firing of scabs after 7-month strike - 1890

2013.07.22history-ctwThe Teamsters and Service Employees unions break from the AFL-CIO during the federation's 50th convention to begin the Change to Win coalition, ultimately comprised of seven unions (4 by 2011: SEIU, Teamsters, UFCW and the UFW). They say they want more emphasis on organizing and less on electoral politics - 2005

Workers stage a general strike—believed to be the nation’s first—in St. Louis, in support of striking railroad workers. The successful strike was ended when some 3,000 federal troops and 5,000 deputized special police killed at least eighteen people in skirmishes around the city - 1877 ~De
When the great railroad strikes of 1877 were over, a hundred people were dead, a thousand people had gone to jail, 100,000 workers had gone on strike, and the strikes had roused into action countless unemployed in the cities. More than half the freight on the nation’s 75,000 miles of track had stopped running at the height of the strikes.

The railroads made some concessions, withdrew some wage cuts, but also strengthened their “Coal and Iron Police.” In a number of large cities, National Guard armouries were built, with loopholes for guns. Robert Bruce believes the strikes taught many people of the hardships of others, and that they led to congressional railroad regulation. They may have stimulated the business unionism of the American Federation of Labor as well as the national unity of labour proposed by the Knights of Labor, and the independent labour-farmer parties of the next two decades. 

Who broke into my car?

A writer friend of mine had her broken into last night and shared her experience, which I found to be somewhat different.

"To the person who broke into my car: I hope you enjoyed going through my car and finding nothing. I'm smart enough to know not to keep valuables in my car. Btw, can't find your keys? You dropped your keys in my car -- and I handed them over to the police".
 Isn't there a web page for dumb criminals, this story belongs there.

A Star is Born - Comic Edwin San Juan

Pictured: Sheriff Lee Baca, Edwin San Juan, and an unknown person.

As I scanned my favorite online newspaper last night an article grabbed my attention regarding comedy, which I happen to be a big fan of.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Edwin San Juan did a standup comedy act that offended the crowd, with the audience consisting of sheriff department officers and their spouses.

I suppose many in attendance have not witnessed many comedy acts up close and personal, otherwise there would not be such an uproar?

Most comics I'm familiar with having their basic act, which they add to at every show, and don't usually try to much new materiel in front of live audiences. There are exceptions, such as Jeff Garcia, his shows are ad lib with every show different, as his subject matter are those brave enough to sit nearest the stage.

After reading the Times article I was left wondering how long before someone in politics proposes another law stating signs must be posted outside comedy venues warning of raunchy and or racist jokes, may offend you?

Because of all the ado over last nights show I immediately sent a friend request to Mr. San Juan, and also liked his Facebook page. And I will go see his nearest show as soon as possible, as he's now a star.

Edwin San Juan

Channel 7 News will air his story today.

Raunchy, racist jokes at sheriff's gathering spark outrage - Los Angeles Times

Message from Sammy Maloof

"What makes a true fighter is the one who can fight from the inside out. It's the inner person that makes the outer person strong!" -Sammy Maloof

LA Times shuffles Sacto and DC bureaus a bit - LA Observed

LA Times shuffles Sacto and DC bureaus a bit - LA Observed

Donna Sharp Quilted Patchwork Travel Duffel Bag

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Volatile Stocks to Watch - Tribune Company (OTCMKTS:TRBAA)

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Sobering news about the economy - LA Biz Observed

Sobering news about the economy - LA Biz Observed

Wednesday Night in the Blogosphere

5th and Spring Streets, Los Angeles

Nashville City Paper is closing - Romenesko

Was Newspaper Decline Inevitable? - The Wrap

Q and A: James O’Shea - Columbia Journalism Review

Publishers pressured to promise ad viewability - Wan Ifra

Against all odds, a new newspaper war erupts - USA Today

Don't Think We're Living In A Police State? - Advice Goddess

Here's the question that was on everyone's mind - Gannett Blog

Miami Herald Employees Warming Up To New Digs - Newspaper Alum

Google just demoted your television set into a second screen - Jeff Jarvis

How to tell whether you’re talking to a scammer or a newspaper - Poynter

Today in Labor History

July 24  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The United Auto Workers and the Teamsters form the Alliance for Labor Action (ALA), later to be joined by several smaller unions. The ALA's agenda included support of the civil rights movement and opposition to the war in Vietnam. It disbanded after four years following the death of UAW President Walter Reuther - 1968

The U.S. minimum wage increases to $6.55 per hour today. The original minimum, set in 1938 by the Fair Labor Standards Act, was 25¢ per hour - 2008

U.S. minimum wage rises to $7.25 per hour, up from $6.55 - 2009

Working Class Heroes -- via --

The United Auto Workers and the Teamsters form the Alliance for Labor Action (ALA), later to be joined by several smaller unions. The ALA's agenda included support of the civil rights movement and opposition to the war in Vietnam. It disbanded after four years following the death of UAW President Walter Reuther - 1968 ~De

PHOTO- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. prepares to address an estimated audience of 200,000 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Holding onto Dr. King’s arm is UAW president Walter Reuther.

Fred Kirby Leaving the Los Angeles Times

Fred Kirby is calling it quits after spending forty plus years at the newspaper through one of the many buyouts the company has offered. This Saturday will be Fred's last shift, and his colleagues will miss his friendly nature and calm demeanor. We wish Fred well in his new lifestyle and hope he enjoys retirement.

First Amendment Mug

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Newspapers experimenting with business practices and revenue models

The latest news, hot news, sports news, national news, weather, news, accident news, news earthquake and tsunami, animal news, breaking news, latest news, breaking news, geo news.

Obama's Escalating War on Freedom of the Press

Obama's Escalating War on Freedom of the Press

Today in Labor History

July 23  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Anarchist Alexander Berkman shoots and stabs but fails to kill steel magnate Henry Clay Frick in an effort to avenge the Homestead massacre 18 days earlier, in which nine strikers were killed. Berkman also tried to use what was, in effect, a suicide bomb, but it didn't detonate - 1892

Northern Michigan copper miners strike for union recognition, higher wages and 8-hour day. By the time they threw in the towel the following April, 1,100 had been arrested on various charges and Western Federation of Miners President Charles Moyer had been shot, beaten and forced out of town - 1913

Aluminum Workers Int'l Union merges with The United Brick & Clay Workers of America to form Aluminum, Brick & Clay Workers - 1981

Working Class Heroes -- via --

Northern Michigan copper miners strike for union recognition, higher wages and 8-hour day. By the time they threw in the towel the following April, 1,100 had been arrested on various charges and Western Federation of Miners President Charles Moyer had been shot, beaten and forced out of town - 1913 ~De

The strike was the first strike to hit all Copper Country mines. After the first day of the strike, nearly all mines in the district were closed down, with mobs of strikers blocking access to the mines. Miners held daily parades to boost morale and show their strength. The mine owners, organized and led by James MacNaughton, manager of the Calumet and Hecla mining company, called for state governor Woodbridge Ferris to deploy national guard troops to keep the peace. The governor did so, which led to many confrontations, some violent, between strikers and troops.

The strike is often considered a major turning point in the history of the Copper Country. Even though the mines were successful in the short term, the strike had demonstrated that mines could actually be affected by collective action. The strike also marked the end of the old paternalism of the mining companies. Workers' lives were no longer watched by the mines, and the mines cut back many services which they previously provided.

The mines of the Copper Country were finally unionized many years later. The International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers (IUMMSW-CIO), a successor of the WFM, unionized the Copper Range Company mines in 1939, the Quincy Mine in 1941, and Calumet and Hecla mines in 1943–1914

PHOTO- A miners parade in Hancock during the strike