Friday, September 30, 2016

Today in Labor History

September 30  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

A total of 29 strike leaders are charged with treason—plotting "to incite insurrection, rebellion & war against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania"—for daring to strike the Carnegie Steel Co. in Homestead, Pa. Jurors refuse to convict them - 1892
Seventy-year-old Mother Jones organizes the wives of striking miners in Arnot, Pa., to descend on the mine with brooms, mops and clanging pots and pans.  They frighten away the mules and their scab drivers.  The miners eventually won their strike - 1899
Railroad shopmen in 28 cities strike the Illinois Central Railroad and the Harriman lines for an 8-hour day, improved conditions and union recognition, but railroad officials obtain sweeping injunctions against them and rely on police and armed guards to protect strikebreakers - 1915
Black farmers meet in Elaine, Ark., to establish the Progressive Farmers and Householders Union to fight for better pay and higher cotton prices.  They are shot at by a group of Whites, and return the fire.  News of the confrontation spread and a riot ensued, leaving at least 100, perhaps several hundred, Blacks dead and 67 indicted for inciting violence - 1919
Cesar Chavez, with Dolores Huerta, co-founds the National Farm Workers Association, which later was to become the United Farm Workers of America - 1962
(Farmworker’s Friend: The story of Cesar Chavez: A thoughtful and moving book about the inspiring life of American hero Cesar Chavez, co-founder, along with Dolores Huerta, and long-time leader of the United Farm Workers of America. This sympathetic portrayal of Chavez and his life’s work begins with his childhood, starting from the time his family’s store in Arizona failed during the Great Depression and his entire family was forced into the fields to harvest vegetables for a few cents an hour.)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Great Los Angeles Walk

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For the 11th year we're walking across Los Angeles!

Save the date: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at 9 a.m. Details to come

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Monday, September 26, 2016

For 2016, the 11th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk Returns to Pico Boulevard!

(Photo by Will Campbell)

It's time to take another peek at Pico.

For the 11th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk, we're heading back to PICO BOULEVARD (the locale for our second-ever Walk, in 2007)!

This year's walk also doubles as my own personal celebration of my 20th anniversary in Los Angeles. As you may know, I began the Great Los Angeles Walk in 2006 as a way to mark my first decade in our city. And now here we are, a decade later, and the Walk lives on!

Pico was one of my favorite Great Los Angeles Walk locales, because we made a point to eat our way across town. Here's how I summed up the walk in 2007:

Great Los Angeles Walkers who made it from end-to-end got to experience, along the way, the bustling (even at 9 in the morning) fashion district; the Convention Center (currently home to the Auto Show); the Central American-dominated Byzantine-Latino Quarter; the city's shortest street (Powers Place); the beautiful old homes of Alvarado Terrace; a slice of Koreatown; the gut-busting food of spots like Oki-Dog and Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles; the sight of a massive crane that tipped over (smashing the roof of a yoga studio) in Mid-City; the closed (for the Sabbath) Jewish shops and restaurants west of Fairfax; the Fox lot; dodging golf balls next to the Rancho Park golf course; the cool ocean breeze once we hit Santa Monica; and much more.

Sally Walby Rest in Peace

Condolences to Bill Walby and family on the passing of his wife Sally Walby. Bill pictured on the right with Roger VanSteenis. Bill worked many years as a pressman, then crew foreman at the downtown pressroom, retired from the Olympic Production Facility.

Chris Christian Rest in Peace

Russ Christian (pictured on the left) lost his wife of many years, condolences to Russ and his family.

Chris Christian passed away the first week of August 2016

Ray Faulstch Rest in Peace

Ray Faulstch, long time pressman that began his career at the Los Angeles Times original press-room and completed his career at the Times Chatsworth Production Facility. Ray passed away the first week of August 2016 of undisclosed reasons.

Remembering the Late Michael Higby on his 52nd Birthday

On what would of been Michael Higby's 52nd Birthday, we want to take a bloggin moment in appreciating and reflecting on the Life of a much-missed blog colleague and friend.

Happy Bloggin 52nd B-day Michael.
** Blogger's Note: Somewhere above ............, our Bloggin Creator, with Mom, has a pending reservation at the Heaven-located Joselito's, as he preps to celebrate another year of a now spiritual being. For those of us, still ensconce in our mortal and fallible physical state below, we want to take a moment to reflect, appreciate and not forget Michael's time among us. Its been less than two years since Michael was summons to his appointed time within a Better World ..........., but for those of us awaiting our calling, we can continue in honoring his "Life of Character" ............, and toasting his B-day with a Margarita at his favorite Sunland-Tujunga Eatery (6 PM)-----Scott Johnson. 

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Glenn Skagerberg Rest in Peace

Received the sad news that former Los Angeles Times Pressman Glenn Skagerberg passed away in April of 2015.

If anyone has a photo of Mr. Skagerberg, please forward.

Stop the presses: Harridge pays $120M for 26-acre LA Times printing plant site

Details about the sale of the Olympic printing plant are finally coming out:

*The 26-acre site was sold for $120 million by Tribune Media.
*7 acres can be developed right away, possibly as grocery store with additional retail. (The zoning rules are unclear.)
*LAT's lease on the presses is good until 2023.
*Tronc/LAT pays about $4 million a year in rent.
*The printing plant staff opened with 1,500 staffers. Today, there are only 150.

Complete article can be viewed at The Real Deal

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

The deep fried insects are considered exotic food in the Philippines, 
I found all their food to be exotic. BTW, they taste like mixed nuts.

A look at the life of newspapers - Courier-Herald

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review shuts down print edition - Poynter

Tribune Tower sold for mixed-use redevelopment - Chicago Tribune

How Massive Cuts Have Remade The Denver Post - 5280 Magazine

Onni closes on Los Angeles Times building for $105M - The Real Deal

Quebec Newspapers Want Government Help To Stay Afloat - Huffington Post Canada

Protesters Chanting of Greed Disrupt Real-Estate Conference Featuring Sam Zell - WSJ

Buyouts of family-owned newspapers like the Columbia Daily - Columbia Daily Tribune

Daily Mail owner to cut more than 400 jobs as it battles 'challenging market' - The Guardian

Brazilian journalist survives after being shot while distributing - Knight Center for Journalism

Today in Labor History

September 29 - Union Communications Services, Inc.

A report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that the average weekly take-home pay of a factory worker with three dependents is now $94.87 - 1962

September 28
The International Workingmen’s Association is founded in London.  It was an international organization trying to unite a variety of different left-wing, socialist, communist and anarchist political groups and unions. It functioned for about 12 years, growing to a membership declared to be eight million, before being disbanded at its Philadelphia conference in 1876, victim of infighting brought on by the wide variety of members’ philosophies - 1864

September 27

Striking textile workers in Fall River, Mass., demand bread for their starving children - 1875
The Int’l Typographical Union renews a strike against the Los Angeles Times; a boycott runs intermittently from 1896 to 1908. A local anti-Times committee in 1903 persuades William Randolph Hearst to start a rival paper, the Los Angeles Examiner. Although the ITU kept up the fight into the 1920s, the Times remained totally nonunion until 2009, when the GCIU—now the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters—organized the pressroom – 1893

Int’l Ladies' Garment Workers Union begins strike against Triangle Shirtwaist Co. This would become the "Uprising of the 20,000," resulting in 339 of 352 struck firms—but not Triangle—signing agreements with the union. The Triangle fire that killed 246 would occur less than two years later - 1909
Twenty-nine west coast ports lock out 10,500 workers in response to what management says is a worker slowdown in the midst of negotiations on a new contract. The ports are closed for 10 days, reopen when President George W. Bush invokes the Taft-Hartley Act - 2002

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Mary McNamara gets editor role at LAT, and more notes

Mary McNamara gets editor role at LAT, and more notes: Pulitzer winner joins masthead as the top arts and entertainment editor.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Today in Labor History

September 26
Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Old 97, a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail, derails near Danville, Va., killing engineer Joseph “Steve” Broady and ten other railroad and postal workers.  Many believe Broady had been ordered to speed to make up for lost time.  The Wreck of the Old 97 inspired balladeers; a 1924 recording is sometimes cited as the first million-selling country music record - 1903
The first production Ford Model T leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Mich. It was the first car ever manufactured on an assembly line, with interchangeable parts. The auto industry was to become a major U.S. employer, accounting for as many as one of every eight to 10 jobs in the country - 1908

Friday, September 23, 2016

Today in Labor History

September 23  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Workingman's Advocate of Chicago publishes the first installment of The Other Side, by Martin A. Foran, president of the Coopers' Int’l Union. Believed to be the first novel by a trade union leader and some say the first working-class novel ever published in the U.S. - 1868
A coalition of Knights of Labor and trade unionists in Chicago launch the United Labor party, calling for an 8-hour day, government ownership of telegraph and telephone companies, and monetary and land reform. The party elects seven state assembly men and one senator - 1886
A 42-month strike by Steelworkers at Bayou Steel in Louisiana ends in a new contract and the ousting of scabs - 1996
California Gov. Gray Davis (D) signs legislation making the state the first to offer workers paid family leave - 2002

September 22
Emancipation Proclamation signed - 1862
Eighteen-year-old Hannah (Annie) Shapiro leads a spontaneous walkout of 17 women at a Hart Schaffner & Marx garment factory in Chicago. It grows into a months-long mass strike involving 40,000 garment workers across the city, protesting 10-hour days, bullying bosses and cuts in already-low wages - 1910
Great Steel Strike begins; 350,000 workers demand union recognition. The AFL Iron and Steel Organizing Committee calls off the strike, their goal unmet, 108 days later - 1919
Martial law rescinded in Mingo County, W. Va., after police, U.S. troops and hired goons finally quell coal miners' strike - 1922
U.S. Steel announces it will cut the wages of 220,000 workers by 10 percent - 1931
United Textile Workers strike committee orders strikers back to work after 22 days out, ending what was at that point the greatest single industrial conflict in the history of American organized labor. The strike involved some 400,000 workers in New England, the mid-Atlantic states and the South - 1934
Some 400,000 coal miners strike for higher wages in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois and Ohio - 1935
The AFL expels the Int’l Longshoremen's Association for racketeering; six years later the AFL-CIO accepted them back into the house of labor - 1953
OSHA reaches its largest ever settlement agreement, $21 million, with BP Products North America following an explosion at BP's Texas City, Texas, plant earlier in the year that killed 15 and injured 170 - 2005
Eleven Domino's employees in Pensacola, Fla., form the nation's first union of pizza delivery drivers - 2006
San Francisco hotel workers end a 2-year contract fight, ratify a new 5-year pact with their employers - 2006

September 21
Militia sent to Leadville, Colo., to break miners’ strike - 1896
Mother Jones leads a march of miners' children through the streets of Charleston, W. Va. - 1912
(Mother Jones Speaks: Speeches and Writings: You can read here the actual speech Jones made on this day in 1912 to striking coal miners in Charleston, WV:  “…this crime, starvation and murder of the innocents, so they can fill the operators’ pockets, and build dog kennels for the workers.  Is it right?” Admirers of Mother Jones will want this comprehensive collection of her speeches, letters, articles, interviews and testimony before Congressional committees. In her own words, this brave and determined heroine, active from the end of the Civil War until shortly before her death in 1930, explains her life, her mission, her passion on behalf of working people.)
National Football League Players Association members begin what is to become a 57-day strike, their first regular-season walkout ever - 1982 
Members of five unions at the Frontier Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas begin what was to become the longest successful hotel strike in U.S. history. All 550 workers honored the picket line for the entirety of the 6-year, 4-month, 10-day fight against management’s insistence on cutting wages and eliminating pensions - 1991

September 20
Upton Sinclair, socialist and author of The Jungle—published on this day in 1906—born in Baltimore, Md. - 1878
According to folklorist John Garst, steel-drivin’ man John Henry, born a slave, outperformed a steam hammer on this date at the Coosa Mountain Tunnel or the Oak Mountain Tunnel of the Columbus and Western Railway (now part of the Norfolk Southern) near Leeds, Ala. Other researchers place the contest near Talcott, W. Va. - 1887
Int’l Hod Carriers, Building & Common Laborers Union of America changes name to Laborers' Int’l Union - 1965

September 19
Chinese coal miners forced out of Black Diamond, Wash. - 1885
Between 400,000 and 500,000 unionists converge on Washington D.C., for a Solidarity Day march and rally protesting Republican policies – 1981
Musician and labor educator Joe Glazer, often referred to as “Labor’s Troubadour,” died today at age 88.  Some of his more acclaimed songs include "The Mill Was Made of Marble," "Too Old To Work" and "Automaton." In 1979 he and labor folklorist Archie Green convened a meeting of 14 other labor musicians to begin what was to become the annual Great Labor Arts Exchange and, soon thereafter, the Labor Heritage Foundation - 2006

Vin Scully tribute to air live across SoCal

Vin Scully tribute to air live across SoCal: Friday night pre-game ceremony at Dodger Stadium will air at 6:30 on KTLA Channel 5, SportsNet LA and KLAC radio.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Today in Labor History

September 14  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers union calls off an unsuccessful 3-month strike against U. S. Steel Corporation subsidiaries - 1901

Gastonia, N.C., textile mill striker and songwriter Ella May Wiggins, 29, a mother of five, is killed when local vigilantes and thugs force the pickup truck in which she is riding off the road and begin shooting – 1929

A striker is shot by a bog owner (and town-elected official) during a walkout by some 1,500 cranberry pickers, members of the newly-formed Cape Cod Cranberry Pickers Union Local 1. State police were called, more strikers were shot and 64 were arrested. The strike was lost - 1933

Congress passes the Landrum-Griffin Act. The law expands many of the anti-labor provisions of the Taft-Hartley Act, increasing union reporting requirements and restricting secondary boycotting and picketing - 1959
(The Essential Guide To Federal Employment Laws, 4th edition: This is a well-indexed book, updated in 2013, offering the full text of 20 federal laws affecting workers’ lives, along with plain-English explanations of each. An entire chapter is devoted to each law, explaining what is allowed and prohibited and what businesses must comply with.)

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles Times building at 2nd and Spring Streets

Despite Gannett's pursuit, Tronc eyes digital acquisitions - Poynter

Newspapers peddle coffee, wine as revenues slip - Brampton Guardian

Newsrooms: Debunk fake news stories for journalism’s sake - Editors Weblog

Tronc Said in Active Talks on Gannett Bid of About $673 Million - Bloomberg

The Obituary of the Los Angeles Times’ Heart and Soul - LA Downtown News

Harold Evans on the Man Who Might Save Newspapers -

Free Press – A pictorial history of underground newspapers 1965-1975 - Boing Boing

Why Colorado newspapers from the 1800s are going … digital? - The Colorado Independent

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How It`s Made | Newspapers

Why doesn’t Gannett just drop its Tronc bid?

Scenario: Gannett withdraws bid, Tronc shares plummet, Gannett returns as savior instead of interloper

When officials at Tronc (formerly known as Tribune Publishing) canceled a September roadshow highlighting to investors in a half-dozen cities the bright future of the company just a day after announcing it, speculation began in earnest among Tronc’s close watchers. Was it as mundane as trouble with Air Ferro? Did the company fear underwhelming audiences on the tour? Or did it have something to do with the continuing efforts of Gannett, the country’s largest newspaper chain, to buy the company?

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Today in Labor History

Union Communications Services, Inc.
September 13
The Post Office Department orders 25,000 railway mail clerks to shoot to kill any bandits attempting to rob the mail - 1926

Eleven AFSCME-represented prison employees, 33 inmates die in four days of rioting at New York State’s Attica Prison and the retaking of the prison. The riot caused the nation to take a closer look at prison conditions, for inmates and their guards alike - 1971

September 12
Eugene V. Debs, labor leader and socialist, sentenced to 10 years for opposing World War I. While in jail Debs received one million votes for president - 1918
(The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs: Eugene V. Debs was a labor activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who captured the heart and soul of the nation’s working people. He was brilliant, sincere, compassionate and scrupulously honest. A founder of one of the nation’s first industrial unions, the American Railway Union, he went on to help launch the Industrial Workers of the World—the Wobblies. A man of firm beliefs and dedication, he ran for President of the United States five times under the banner of the Socialist Party, in 1912 earning 6 percent of the popular vote.)

Jobless workers march on grocery stores and seize food in Toledo, Ohio – 1932

National Guardsmen fire on “sullen and rebellious” strikers at the Woonsocket (Rhode Island) Rayon plant, killing one and injuring three others.  A correspondent said the crowd of about 2,000 “went completely wild with rage.”  Word spread, 6,000 more workers arrived at the scene and the city was put under military rule.  The governor declared that “there is a Communist uprising and not a textile strike” in the state - 1934

United Rubber Workers formed in Akron, Ohio - 1935

A total of 49 people are killed, 200 injured, in explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, N.J. - 1940

New York City’s Union Square, the site of the first Labor Day in 1882, is officially named a national historic landmark. The square has long been a focal point for working class protest and political expression - 1998