Friday, June 23, 2017

Los Angeles Times Retirees Breakfast

From Emmett Jaime:

Happy summer to you all, hope your enjoying this weather ! Its time we start the summer off right with a breakfast. I hope you can make it, its been awhile so lets hope we get a nice turn out. Remember, its buffet style and its $12.99 + tip. It'll be nice to see you again so please plan to attend, see you there !!!

Place-Marie Callenders
Address-3117 E.Garvey north ave.,West Covina
Date-July 27 @ 9:00am

Which 5 People Own the UK Mainstream Media

What does it mean to have a ‘free’ media when the nation’s TV channels, news outlets, radio stations, search engines and social media platforms are owned by a handful of giant corporations? 

NYT expands commenting with Moderator

NYT expands commenting with Moderator: Up to now, the paper allowed commenting only on around 10 percent of Times articles. With Moderator, the paper will allow for comments on approximately 25 percent of stories at launch, with the goal of 80 percent of all Times stories allowing for comments by the end of the year.

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

GPS gets Harland Simon upgrades

GPS gets Harland Simon upgrades: The project includes upgrades to EAE frontend controls, including proprietary Desk PCs/Screens, Net PCs, Service PC and Info PCs. All these will be replaced with off-the-shelf standard PC/Touchscreens and Allen-Bradley Logix PLCs. This will give the Courier-Journal (Louisville) and the Jackson Sun the ability to self-support their system.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

The biggest Dodger fans, Liz and Cesar

Postmedia Announces the Sale of Infomart - Business Wire

I almost let my journalism job destroy my marriage - Poynter

Lima News moves printing, plans to relocate offices - Lima Ohio

News Corp. in Advanced Talks With Facebook on Subscriptions - Ad Age

Newspapers Still a Strong Thread in Fabric of Freedom - Editor and Publisher

Sorry, Trudeau. Somebody Will Have To Pay For Good Journalism - Huffpost

Global Newspaper Circulation and Advertising Trends in 2016 - Marketing Charts

The Sun-Times, Tronc and the Eisendrath Group: What's the Number? - The Street

Google and Facebook 'will lose millions in ads over extremism fears' - The Guardian

50 newspapers join forces to highlight stories that change the world - Khaosod English

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Global Ad Distribution turns to DART

Global Ad Distribution turns to DART: PCF helps publishers and circulation executives reduce costs, expand or maintain their delivery footprint, and stabilize service to improve subscriber retention. Global Ad Distribution offers alternate delivery solutions for advertisers and publishers.

Today in Labor History

June 22  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

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 strikingDetroit News and Detroit Free Press newspaper workers - 1997

Champion buys Civitas Media’s Carolinas assets

Champion buys Civitas Media’s Carolinas assets: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a New Mexico-based media merger and acquisition firm, represented Civitas Media in the transaction.

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

With temperatures in the triple digits yesterday 
we still managed to distribute food to people in need  

The value of a newspaper - Buffalo Bulletin

Newspapers still top choice for news - Jamestown Sun

Jeff Bezos talks about the future of newspapers - Poynter

Folsom – a community newspaper's kind of place - Folsom Telegraph

Labor Unions Make Play To Buy Chicago Sun Times - The Daily Caller

Media Startups Try a Lower-Cost Model: Unpaid Student Writers - WSJ

How The Times of London grew its registered users to 1.2 million - DigiDay

An unlikely big player in digital media: unions - Columbia Journalism Review

By Ignoring Archives, News Organizations Put Much at Risk, Miss Rewards - EP

With an eye on the future, Globe returns to downtown Boston - The Boston Globe

Phillips Media buys Missouri paper

Phillips Media buys Missouri paper: “Sedalia seems like a very solid community and we’re excited to be involved with the Democrat. I look forward to meeting people in the community,” Phillips Media President Jim Holland said. “What was attractive to us is that the Democrat fits our size of newspaper and Sedalia fits the size of town where we like to do business.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PRESSROOM MANAGER – Maine Today Media, South Portland, ME

PRESSROOM MANAGER – Maine Today Media, South Portland, ME: The Pressroom Manager supervises pressroom operations and platemaking operations to meet established quality, productivity and efficiency objectives.Relocation assistance available.

Memorial for Charlie Boebinger

From Emmett Jaime:

Hello all,I received a call from Jackie Boebinger, Charles wife. She informed me that there will be a memorial held in Charlies memory at the following date and place;

Charlie Boebinger Memorial
August 13th Sunday at 12:00P.M. -2:00P.M.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
1006 W. Magnolia Blvd.

She request you RSVP if you plan to attend as they need a head count to place an order for the food, please call one of the following numbers.

BH Media expands North Carolina plant

BH Media expands North Carolina plant: The company is adding another press in a 12,000-square-foot expansion of the plant, according to the paper.

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 the growing inequality between the nation’s wealthy and working classes, 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

Tulsa World gets ABB retrofits

Tulsa World gets ABB retrofits: Tulsa World, part of the Berkshire-Hathaway group, has been fulfilling an increasing number of third-party print orders. To support the orders, Tulsa World installed two additional Goss Metroliner folders on its presses and turned to Switzerland-based ABB to provide the motors and drives to power the folders and to integrate the folders into the existing ABB press control system. That work was completed in March.

Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

With all this dismal news about newspapers I can only wonder how much longer can the Los Angeles Times continue publishing seven days per week, or even producing their own newspaper?

Why media companies are ‘sick’ of Facebook - Poynter

Newspapers still top choice for news - Detroit Lakes Online

Print LA Times falls to lowest number of pages - LAObserved

Eisendrath wants Sun-Times to serve ‘the 99 percent’ - Robert Feder

The Not-So-Bitter Rivalry of Dean Baquet and Marty Baron - Politico

Tronc Would Be Overpaying for Sun-Times at $15 Million - The Street

News Media Alliance to partner on mega-conference 2018 - News Media

CNN to Invest $40 Million in Its Video Startup Great Big Story - Bloomberg

Why Newspapers Need to Invest More in Political Cartoons - Editor and Publisher

When student journalists need defending, these lawyers swoop in. For free. - WaPo

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lee buys Moline paper

Lee buys Moline paper: The purchase includes and related publications serving Moline, Rock Island and dozens of other communities in western Illinois, according to Lee.

Breakfast with the Pressmen

Emmett Jaime with Dale Stoner

Tomorrow morning at 8:30 A,M, the pressmen from the Los Angeles Times will gather for breakfast at Denny's Restaurant in La Puente. Everyone welcome so stop by and have a cup of coffee or breakfast with the old timers.

15553 Valley Blvd 
La Puente, CA 91744

GateHouse, Ogden buying Calkins papers

GateHouse, Ogden buying Calkins papers: GateHouse Media is buying the Bucks County Courier Times (Pennsylvania), The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pennsylvania), the Burlington County (New Jersey) Times, the Beaver County Times (Pennsylvania), the Ellwood City Ledger (Pennsylvania), and Calkins Digital, according to the Courier Times. Meanwhile, Ogden Newspapers, based in West Virginia, is buying The Uniontown Herald-Standard, weekly Greene County Messenger and SWC Properties

Juneteenth Independence Day

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on June 19, the word is a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth".[1][2] Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty-five states.[3]
The holiday is observed primarily in local celebrations. Traditions include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing", and readings by noted African-American writers such as Ralph Ellison and Maya Angelou.[4] Celebrations may include parades, rodeos, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, park parties, historical reenactments, or Miss Juneteenth contests.[5]


During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863. It declared all slaves to be freed in the Confederate States of America in rebellion and not in Union hands. This excluded the five states known later as border states, which were the four slave states that were not in rebellion—Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, and Missouri—and those counties of Virginia soon to form the state of West Virginia, and also the three zones under Union occupation: the state of Tennessee, lower Louisiana and Southeast Virginia.
More isolated geographically, Texas was not a battleground, and thus its slaves were not affected by the Emancipation Proclamation unless they escaped.[6] Planters and other slaveholders had migrated into Texas from eastern states to escape the fighting, and many brought their slaves with them, increasing by the thousands the number of slaves in the state at the end of the Civil War.[7]
Although most slaves lived in rural areas, more than 1000 resided in both Galveston and Houston by 1860, with several hundred in other large towns.[8] By 1865, there were an estimated 250,000 slaves in Texas.[7] As news of end of the war moved slowly, it did not reach Texas until May 1865, and the Army of the Trans-Mississippi did not surrender until June 2.[7] On June 18, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived at Galveston Island with 2,000 federal troops to occupy Texas on behalf of the federal government.[6] On June 19, standing on the balcony of Galveston's Ashton Villa, Granger read aloud the contents of "General Order No. 3", announcing the total emancipation of slaves:
The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.[9]
Emancipation Day celebration in Richmond, Virginia in 1905
Former slaves in Galveston rejoiced in the streets after the announcement, although in the years afterward many struggled to work through the changes against resistance of whites. But, the following year, freedmen organized the first of what became annual celebrations of Juneteenth in Texas.[9] Barred in some cities from using public parks because of state-sponsored segregation of facilities, across parts of Texas, freed people pooled their funds to purchase land to hold their celebrations, such as Houston's Emancipation ParkMexia's Booker T. Washington Park, and Emancipation Park in Austin.[7][9]
Although the date is sometimes referred to as the "traditional end of slavery in Texas" it was given legal status in a series of Texas Supreme Court decisions between 1868 and 1874.[10]
In the early 20th century, economic and political forces led to a decline in Juneteenth celebrations. From 1890 to 1908, Texas and all former Confederate states passed new constitutions or amendments that effectively disenfranchised blacks, excluding them from the political process. White-dominated state legislatures passed Jim Crow laws imposing second-class status. The Great Depression forced many blacks off farms and into the cities to find work. In these urban environments, African Americans had difficulty taking the day off to celebrate. From 1940 through 1970, in the second wave of the Great Migration, more than 5 million blacks left Texas, Louisiana and other parts of the South for the North and West Coast, where jobs were available in the defense industry for World War II. As historian Isabel Wilkerson writes, "The people from Texas took Juneteenth Day to Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, and other places they went."[11]
By the 1950s and 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement focused the attention of African-American youth on the struggle for racial equality and the future. But, many linked these struggles to the historical struggles of their ancestors. Following the 1968 Poor People's Campaign to Washington, D.C. called by Rev. Ralph Abernathy, many attendees returned home and initiated Juneteenth celebrations in areas where the day was not previously celebrated.
Since the 1980s and 1990s, the holiday has been more widely celebrated among African-American communities. In 1994 a group of community leaders gathered at Christian Unity Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana to work for greater national celebration of Juneteenth.[12] Paul Herring Chairman of The Juneteenth Committee credits Mrs. E. Hill Deloney (Community Matriarch) for starting the celebration in Flint, Michigan in the late 1980s; as he said, "...It's a time to Reflect & Rejoice, because we are the children of those who chose to survive."[13] Juneteenth informal observance have spread to many other states, including Portland, Maine, in part carried by Texans. Expatriates have celebrated it in cities abroad, such as Paris.[13] Some US military bases in other countries sponsor celebrations, in addition to those of private groups.[13][14]
Organizations such as the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation are working toward gaining Congressional approval to designate Juneteenth as a national day of observance.[7] Others are working to have its 150th anniversary celebrated worldwide.

Official status

In 1980, Texas was the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday under legislation introduced by freshman Democratic state representative Al Edwards.[15] Juneteenth is a "skeleton crew" day in the state; government offices do not close but agencies may operate with reduced staff. By 2008, nearly half of US states observed the holiday as a ceremonial observance.[6] As of May 2016, when the Maryland legislature approved official recognition of the holiday, 45 of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have recognized Juneteenth as either a state holiday or ceremonial holiday, a day of observance.[16] States that do not recognize it are Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota and South Dakota.[17]
In 1996 the first legislation to recognize "Juneteenth Independence Day" was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.J. Res. 195, sponsored by Barbara-Rose Collins (D-MI). In 1997 Congress recognized the day through Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56. In 2013 the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 175, acknowledging Lula Briggs Galloway (late president of the National Association of Juneteenth Lineage) who "successfully worked to bring national recognition to Juneteenth Independence Day", and the continued leadership of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation.[18]

Today in Labor History

June 19  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Eight-hour work day adopted for federal employees - 1912
AFL President Sam Gompers and Secretary of War Newton Baker sign an agreement establishing a three-member board of adjustment to control wages, hours and working conditions for construction workers employed on government projects.  The agreement protected union wage and hour standards for the duration of World War I - 1917
A pioneering sit-down strike is conducted by workers at a General Tire Co. factory in Akron, Ohio. The United Rubber Workers union was founded a year later.  The tactic launched a wave of similar efforts in the auto and other industries over the next several years - 1934
(In this expanded edition of Strike! you can read about the General Tire Co. strike as well as other labor-management conflicts that have occurred over the past 140 years.  Here you’ll learn much about workers’ struggle to win a degree of justice, from the workers’ point of view.)
The Women’s Day Massacre in Youngstown, Ohio, when police use tear gas on women and children, including at least one infant in his mother's arms, during a strike at Republic Steel. One union organizer later recalled, "When I got there I thought the Great War had started over again. Gas was flying all over the place and shots flying and flares going up and it was the first time I had ever seen anything like it in my life..." - 1937
ILWU begins a 4-day general strike in sugar, pineapple, and longshore to protest convictions under the anti-communist Smith Act of seven activists, "the Hawaii Seven." The convictions were later overturned by a federal appeals court - 1953

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Downtown San Diego, California

The complexities of converting readers into subscribers - DigiDay

Buyouts at the LA Times (again), Megyn Kelly (again) - LAObserved

National chain buys Bucks, Burlco newspapers for $17.5M -

How The New York Times moderates 12,000 comments a day - DigiDay

Eisendrath confirms bidding for Sun-Times, Reader today - Robert Feder

Why Readers Are More Willing Than Ever to Pay For News - Media Shift

Newspapers are spreading hate, warns Muslim of Council of Britain - Independent UK

This Was The Election Where The Newspapers Lost Their Monopoly - Buzzfeed News

Tribune Media Announces Proceeds As A Result Of CareerBuilder Sale - Tribune Media

Customers battle Whole Foods to save a newsstand, and a way of life - Los Angeles Times

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Today in Labor History

June 17  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Twenty-one young women and girls making cartridges for the Union Army at the Washington, D.C. arsenal during the Civil War are killed in an accidental explosion. Most of the victims were Irish immigrants. A monument was erected in the Congressional Cemetery, where 17 of the workers were buried - 1864

Susan B. Anthony goes on trial in Canandaigua, N.Y., for casting her ballot in a federal election the previous November, in violation of existing statutes barring women from the vote - 1873
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones leads a rally in Philadelphia to focus public attention on children mutilated in the state's textile mills. Three weeks later the 73-year-old will lead a march to New York City to plead with President Theodore Roosevelt to help improve conditions for the children - 1903
(The Autobiography of Mother Jones: Mary Harris Jones—“Mother Jones”—was the most dynamic woman ever to grace the American labor movement.  Employers and politicians around the turn of the century called her “the most dangerous woman in America” and rebellious working men and women loved her as they never loved anyone else.)
Twelve trade unionists meet in Pittsburgh to launch a drive to organize all steelworkers. It was the birth of the United Steelworkers of America (then called the Steel Workers Organizing Committee). By the end of the year 125,000 workers joined the union in support of its $5-a-day wage demand – 1936

Nine firefighters are killed, eight more injured when a large section of Boston’s Hotel Vendom collapses on them.  The firefighters were performing cleanup when the collapse occurred, having successfully fought a fire at the luxury hotel earlier in the day - 1972

The Top U.S. Media Publishers on Social Media - May 2017

The Top U.S. Media Publishers on Social Media - May 2017

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

The Press-Enterprise building in Temecula, California

Buyouts hit the Los Angeles Times - Poynter

California leads. Its media should, too - Medium

Ruling is good news for Tribune Media deal - Crain's

FCC Circulation kicking off e-edition campaign - Daily Globe

The murder of Mexican journalists points to U.S. role - The Intercept

Times Leader parent company sells Carolina newspapers - Standard Speaker

Social media teams: the secret weapon against misinformation - Editors Weblog

Shrinking Canadian Newsrooms Need Funding, MPs Say - Winnipeg Free Press

Tribune Media Company Class A (TRCO) Moves Higher on Volume Spike - Equities

Rooted in Their Communities, Local Newspapers are Still Optimistic - Editor and Publisher

Friday, June 16, 2017

Will Tronc Get Squeezed Out of a Sun-Times Acquisition?


Credit the Cubbies.
The Chicago Sun-Times, long the struggling second newspaper of the city, managed to about break even in 2016, even as the fortunes of the overall newspaper business took a turn for the worse. Why? In strong part, the Chicago Cubs broke their curse, and with a heroic World Series comeback, won their first championship since 1908. The Sun-Times benefited, with papers, commemorative sections and advertising sold. 
As the strands of "Go, Cubs, Go" faded along with the once-in-a-lifetime revenue into last year, the Sun-Times owners faced bad numbers on the horizon. Their appraisal: the Sun-Times, down to 70 journalists from a height of more than 400 in its heyday, could expect to lose almost four million dollars a year in 2017 and 2018, informed sources tell me. The board of Wrapports LLC, the entity formed by a slice of the city's elite in 2011 to preserve a second voice to the stentorian Chicago Tribune, decided it was time to sell. Nursing the Sun-Times along was one thing; answering cash calls was another. The company began making the roads of would-be buyers, including Gannett Co. (GCI) , and Illinois- based Paddock Publishing and Shaw Publishing. None, knowing the financials, evinced interest.

LA Times is offering voluntary buyouts to those who have more than 15 years of service

 From: "Maharaj, Davan" 
 Date: June 16, 2017 at 1:32:07 PM PDT
 To: _All_Employees_Los_Angeles_Times>
 Subject: Company update: voluntary buyout offer


For the Los Angeles Times, and the news industry overall, 2017 has been challenging. We are weathering the challenges better than most, because of our dedicated staff and several initiatives that have helped our business. However, we need to address the current economic realities as we work to secure our future.

To do that, we are offering a limited voluntary buyout plan for certain Los Angeles Times employees. This plan will include severance benefits that those eligible may find appealing. Participation is entirely voluntary.

Eligibility to apply for the buyout, or Employee Voluntary Separation Plan (EVSP), will be limited to non-union employees with at least 15 years of service at the company and excludes the Manufacturing, Distribution and Operations departments. It will be at the discretion of Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC whether to accept or decline applications.

Employees who are eligible will be notified by email and will be able to pick up their severance offer directly from Human Resources. The offer will include detailed information about the plan, how to apply and the relevant dates and deadlines. Those eligible are encouraged to review the offer thoroughly and discuss it with their managers, family and personal advisers before making a decision about whether or not to apply. The Human Resources team is prepared to answer any questions you may have.

 As we move forward on our digital transformation, we will continue to focus sharply on the quality journalism that Los Angeles Times readers expect of us ─ and we expect of ourselves. Despite the challenges in the industry in recent years, we have delivered award-winning journalism that serves our growing community of readers in ever-expanding ways.

Your work makes a difference and makes us proud every day. Thank you.


Union group offers details of potential bid for Sun-Times

Union group offers details of potential bid for Sun-Times: The Chicago Federation of Labor is among a group of investors interested in a potential bid for the Sun-Times. Tronc Inc. also is interested.

Today in Labor History

June 16  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Eight local unions organize the Int’l Fur Workers Union of U.S. and Canada. The union later merged with the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen - 1913
Railroad union leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs speaks in Canton, Ohio, on the relation between capitalism and war. Ten days later he is arrested under the Espionage Act, eventually sentenced to 10 years in jail - 1918
The National Industrial Recovery Act became law, but was later to be declared unconstitutional. It established the right to unionize, set maximum hours and minimum wages for every major industry, abolished sweatshops and child labor. The Wagner Act, in effect today, was approved two years later to legalize unionization - 1933
Inacom Corp., once the world's largest computer dealer, sends most of its 5,100 employees an email instructing them to call a toll-free phone number; when they call, a recorded message announces they have been fired - 2000

June 15

The Metal Trades Department of what is now the AFL-CIO is founded - 1908
The Congress of Industrial Organizations expels the Fur and Leather Workers union and the American Communications Association for what it describes as communist activities - 1947
Battle of Century City, as police in Los Angeles attack some 500 janitors and their supporters during a peaceful Service Employees Int’l Union demonstration against cleaning contractor ISS. The event generated public outrage that resulted in recognition of the workers' union and spurred the creation of an annual June 15 Justice for Janitors Day - 1990