Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Love One Another

Rest in Peace Gore Vidal 1925 - 2012

This is the well know incident between William Buckley and Gore Vidal that occurred during ABC's coverage of the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Pastor Al Howard and Sammy Maloof
His Nesting Place needs your help, Call Dr. Al Howard (562) 422-2137

A fond farewell to Wyoming Newspapers - AMY FERRIN

Don’t Blame Workers for Bankruptcies - Frying Pan News
Columnist loved newspapers, even as a child - Shelbyville
Indy | Add Star building to list of site sales - Gannett Blog
Media General gives pink slips to 75 employees - Romenesko
LAT James Rainey Moving to the Politics Desk - Matthew Fleischer
Newspapers still a good investment, Black says - Chronicle Herald
Spreading the Word: Verizon is VeriGreedy - Broadcast Union News
NAA list shows newspaper paywalls typically allow 11 free articles - Poynter
Attack on Mexican newspaper an escalation of cartel campaign - Star Tribune

Today in Labor History

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

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

"He rallied disparate players from two different leagues to “one team” and the NFLPA became the first sports union recognized by the National Labor Relations Board. In 1970, Mackey organized the league’s first players’ strike, a victory that earned an additional $11 million in pensions and benefits." - from http://www.thenation.com/blog/161849/john-mackey-death-football-and-union-legend#
"However, when the owners threatened to discard the entire 1970 season, the players returned to work and there were no canceled games." - from http://voices.yahoo.com/time-out-history-nfl-strikes-lockouts-8234623.html?cat=14

"The 1970 battle took a toll. Following the negotiations, many player reps were let go by their teams and John Mackey was traded to San Diego, where he was essentially forced to give up his career." - from https://www.nflplayers.com/About-us/History/
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July 31
Members of the National Football League Players Association begin what is to be a two-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

Monday, July 30, 2012

His Nesting Place in Need

THERE IS AN URGENT NEED for our friends at His Nesting Place in Long Beach CA. For over 30 years they have helped save the lives of appx. 7,000 mother's and their babies in crisis. Please read the letter below and if you, or someone you know is able to assist, PLEASE call Dr. Al Howard directly within 48 hours at (562) 422-2137. One of the houses is used as a daycare center.

They DESPERATELY need your help so that these mother's and their babies won't be put out on the street. Thankyou so kindly.

Photo's from His Nesting Place can be viewed by clicking here.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Today in Labor History

July 27

William Sylvis, founder of the National Labor Union, died - 1869

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

United Mine Workers organizer Ginger Goodwin is shot by a hired private cop outside Cumberland, British Columbia. His murder sparked Canada's first General Strike. - 1918

"Goodwin went into hiding in the bush near Cumberland. With the help of townspeople, he evaded the authorities until July 27, 1918, when he was tracked down and murdered by the Mounties. Workers in Vancouver marked Goodwin's funeral on Aug. 2 with B.C.'s first general strike." from http://www.carpentersunionbc.com/Pages/gingergoodwin.html
"On 27 July Goodwin was shot to death with a single bullet by Constable Daniel Campbell of the Dominion Police, one of three members of a police search-party looking for men who were evading the Military Service Act. Campbell claimed self-defence, saying Goodwin had pointed a rifle at him." - from http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?BioId=41525

"The coroner's report showed that the bullet passed first through Ginger's wrist, then into his neck. It was clear from the angle of the wounds, that Ginger's hands were raised in the air in surrender when he was shot. Dan Campbell literally got away with murder. He was never punished." - from http://www.marxist.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=207&Itemid=50

Thursday, July 26, 2012

This is what we union thugs do for the jobless

Some thug.

We buy food and distribute it to workers whose earned benefits were arbitrarily cut off by the state of Georgia.

This spring, the Department of Labor suddenly cut off the unemployment benefits earned by 64,000 Georgians who had no work during the summer. They were employed by educational institutions or by companies that contracted with educational institutions.

Lots of food for lots of hunger.
Velmar Hightower, a food service technician for Aramark at Spellman College, had depended on her unemployment benefits for 20 summers. She was shocked when the Georgia Department of Labor told her at the end of May that she no longer qualified. Like tens of thousands of others, she'd had no time to plan for a summer without income.

The workers are facing eviction, repossession and hunger. There is no work for them in Georgia. There is no pay.

Teamsters from Local 728 in Atlanta bought $3,000 worth of food and set up a food distribution center. Several hundred union members whose unemployment benefits were cut picked up groceries at the IBEW Hall in Savannah on Saturday and Wednesday. Local 728 will also deliver bags of groceries to the homes of 50 unemployed school bus drivers at Fort Stewart later this week.

Remember "Thug" stands for "those helpful union guys (and gals)."

SOURCE: Teamster Nation

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Phillip's BBQ at Crenshaw and Adams

Today in Labor History

July 26
In Chicago, 30 workers are killed by federal troops, more than 100 wounded at the "Battle of the Viaduct" during the Great 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

The 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

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

25th Anniversary of Shark Week on Discovery

Phillip Defranco will host the twenty fifth anniversary of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, which will air on Sunday August 12th at 9PM. With an added twist, fans will be able to decide what Sharkzilla bites using Twitter or from SHARK WEEK’S Facebook page .

Much of the under water photography was captured by famed artist Michael Muller, visit his website for a wide gallery of his work by clicking here.

Photo credit: Michael Muller

Today in Labor History

July 25

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
[In Reviving the Strike: How Working People can Regain Power and Transform America, author Joe Burns draws on economics, history and current analysis in arguing that the labor movement must redevelop an effective strike based on the now outlawed traditional labor tactics of stopping production and workplace-based solidarity. Reviving the Strike offers a fundamentally different solution to the current labor crisis, showing how collective bargaining backed by a strike capable of inflicting economic harm upon an employer is the only way for workers to break free of the repressive system of labor control that has been imposed upon them by corporations and the government for the past seventy-five years. In the UCS bookstore now.]

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

The 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

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

25,000 textile workers strike in Massachusetts. - 1904

"The strike, which lasted most of the summer, had little impact on the Fall River textile owners, but attention was brought to the child labor force in the United States (more than 250,000 children in mills, factories and mines), and the National Child Labor Committee was formed later in the year (1904)." - from http://georgesnyder.org/2007/08/31/fall-river-textile-workers-strike.aspx

Anaheim Police Brutality Sparks Outrage After 2 Latinos Shot Dead and Demonstrators Attacked

DemocracyNow.org - Police in the California city of Anaheim are facing allegations of murder and brutality after fatally shooting two Latino men over the weekend and firing rubber bullets at crowds of protestors. On Saturday, Anaheim police shot and killed 24-year-old Manuel Diaz after he reportedly ran away from a group of officers who confronted him in the street. Diaz was unarmed. Hours after his death, a chaotic scene broke out when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at a crowd of local residents protesting the shooting. Another Latino resident, Joel Acevedo, was shot dead by police the following day. Police say Acevedo was suspected in a car robbery, but the circumstances around his death remain unconfirmed. We discuss the situation in Anaheim with Gustavo Arellano, editor of the alternative newspaper, OC Weekly; and Teresa Smith, who has worked with families to call for police accountability in Anaheim since 2009, when officers shot and killed her son Cesar Cruz, a 35-year-old father of five. "Given the fact that this is the eighth officer-involved shooting within one year in the city of Anaheim ... the community's going to be very upset," Arellano says. "There's a lot of angry residents, and rightfully so."

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Today in Labor History

July 24
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 Viet Nam. 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 cents per hour - 2008

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

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

Monday, July 23, 2012

NY Times blows up contract talks with Guild

On July 17, 2012, after months of contract negotiations with the Newspaper Guild of New York, Times management blew up talks. The inexplicable move is aimed at forcing The Time's "last best" offer on members. The draconian and rarely used tactic - called "impasse" - would undo 17 months of negotiations. Times management proposed dividing the Guild's bargaining unit in two. If impasse is declared, the Guild would challenge the move at the National Labor Relations Board. A strike authorization vote, members' only other recourse, is another option. Guild members Henry Fountain, Andrew Martin, Clay Risen, Dan Witter, Nadia Taha, Hilary Howard and Jim Dwyer explain what's at risk.


By Ras Jahmark Tafari

A few weeks ago I discovered that my good brethren, Tony Byrd, had his normal every day life interrupted by the news that he had stage 4 lymphoma cancer. Certainly not good news to receive by any means, but we also know that at least this is one form of cancer that is treatable and beatable. I know this because my own brother had a battle with this very same beast a few years ago and vanquished him by the will of the Most High and sent him right back from where he came…

For those of you who do not know, Tony is one of Jamaica’s premier keyboard players (currently residing in Los Angeles), and even though his name did not appear on the liner notes it was he who played keyboards on Bob Marley and; the Wailers “No Woman No Cry” which was released on the 1974 “Natty Dread” album. He also did some outstanding keyboard work on our very own Jahmark and the Soulshakers 2004 “Life” album, which besides the title cut also featured songs such as “Let Your Love Flow”, “Who Tek Mi Kali”, and “Rainbow Paradise”.

Anyone who has had a friend or family member who is battling or has battled cancer knows that cancer treatment is not cheap. With all the various drugs involved, not to mention chemo, radiation, and rehabilitation therapy (as a result of the sudden onset of the disease Tony has lost all feeling in his legs and will have to go through a number of rehabilitation sessions in order to regain the muscle memory in his legs)… bottomline, we need your support!

For all those who know Tony Byrd, and for all those who know Jahmark & the Soulshakers, and even if you don’t know us and would like to support a good cause … please visit us at the Lighthouse CafĂ© in Hermosa Beach, CA. on Sunday, July 29th @ 4PM … there’ll be a humongous tip jar on stage waiting to be filled with your generous donations, and of course the band will be there as always to throw down some positive soulshakin’ vibrations’, come join the Reggae Lions and help us to defeat the Cancer Dragon … Peace In!!!

For those of my friends who do not reside in the Los Angeles area, money orders, cashier's checks, and paypal donations are accepted. My paypal account e-mail address is , and be assured that any donations which may come through my paypal account will be promptly delivered to Tony. Our mailing address is: Jahmark & the Soulshakers, PO Box 7111, Northridge, CA 91327-7111 ... Checks or money orders can be made out to "TONY BYRD" (correct spelling is "BYRD" not "Bird", my bad with the prior mis-spellings of his name) ... Love 'n Blessings!

Monday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

San Pedro Harbor

Bob Bagwell Retirement Party

After spending sixty-five years working at the Los Angeles Times Bob Bagwell is retiring.

“Please mark your calendar and come join us at Bob Bagwell’s Open House “Farewell party” on Tuesday, 7/31 from 2:00pm to 4:00 PM in the Salon/Reception lounge. He has been with the Los Angeles Times for 65 years and we want to celebrate with him at this event.”

Today in Labor History

July 23

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 eight-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

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Motivational Speaker Sammy Maloof

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol and Fast and Furious Hollywood Stuntman, Speaker, Author and Businessman Sammy Maloof says, "Stunts are a rush, but so is encouraging kids and adults all over the country!"

Check out what Sammy and his WINNING team are doing across the country: http://on.fb.me/bringingbackhope Distributed by Tubemogul.

Today in Labor History

July 20

New York City newsboys, many so poor that they were sleeping in the streets, begin a two-week strike. Several rallies drew more than 5,000 newsboys, complete with charismatic speeches by strike leader Kid Blink, who was blind in one eye. The boys had to pay publishers up front for the newspapers; they were successful in forcing the publishers to buy back unsold papers - 1899
[Kids on Strike! tells the story of children who stood up for their rights against powerful company owners. Nearly two million children were in the U.S. workforce by the early 1900s. Their tiny fingers, strong eyesight, and boundless energy made them perfect employees. But after years and years of working long hours every day under inhumane conditions, they began to organize and make demands in order to protect themselves.]

Two killed, 67 wounded in Minneapolis truckers' strike -- "Bloody Friday" - 1934

Postal unions, Postal Service sign first labor contract in the history of the federal government -- the year following an unauthorized strike by 200,000 postal workers - 1971

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

New York City newsboys, many so poor that they were sleeping in the streets, begin a two-week strike. Several rallies drew more than 5,000 newsboys, complete with charismatic speeches by strike leader Kid Blink, who was blind in one eye. The boys had to pay publishers up front for the newspapers; they were successful in forcing the publishers to ...buy back unsold papers - 1899

"Throngs filled the streets of downtown Manhattan for two weeks and prevented the two largest papers in the country from getting distributed." - from http://theboweryboys.blogspot.com/2010/06/newsies-vs-world-newsboys-strike-of.html

"Seizing an opportunity to maintain profits, two papers, Hearst’s the New York Morning Journal and Pulitzer’s the New York World, kept their price the same." - from http://ows.edb.utexas.edu/site/newsboys-strike-1899

""Ten cents in the dollar is as much to us as it is to Mr. Hearst the millionaire. Am I right? We can do more with ten cents than he can do with twenty five. Is it boys? I don't believe in hitting the drivers of the news wagons. I don't believe in dumping the carts same as was done last night. I'll you tell you the truth I was one of the boys that did it, but it ain't right. Just stick together and we'll win." - from http://www.nypl.org/blog/2012/05/25/extra-extra-read-all-about-newsboys-strike-1899

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rick Rome Hosting Comedy at Flappers Claremont

The Ultimate Stones Playing Chino Tonight

Today in Labor History

July 19

Women's Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Delegates adopt a Declaration of Women's Rights and call for women's suffrage - 1848

An amendment to the 1939 Hatch Act, a federal law whose main provision prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity, is amended to also cover state and local employees whose salaries include any federal funds - 1940

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

One Day In July: Remembering The 1934 Minneapolis Teamster Strike

THE 1934 MINNEAPOLIS TRUCKERS STRIKE On "Bloody Friday", July 20,1934,at 3rd and 6th, 67 striking truckdrivers and their supporters were shot by Minneapolis police, acting on orders from the Citizens Alliance, an anti-labor employers' group, which controlled city government. Seventy-five years later, WE REMEMBER THEIR SACRIFICE!

Full article

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Occupy Los Angeles, Good, Bad, or ?

Not everyone agrees with Occupy LA as one reader mentioned; "Hey Ed, why don't you show what a beautiful job Occupy LA did to the lawn?. I dare you to post this. I guess they can't do much to skid row."

In the photo above three of the members of Occupy LA assist Sammy Maloof and I feed the homeless on Skid Row Los Angeles.

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Newspapers flying out of the press folder under our favorite bumper sticker

Hope for Africa

Ann Nzinga "Queen of Ndongo" (1582-1663)

In the sixteenth century, the Portuguese stake in the slave trade was threatened by England and France. This caused the Portuguese to transfer their slave-trading activities southward to the Congo and South West Africa. Their most stubborn opposition, as they entered the final phase of the conquest of Angola, came from a queen who was a great head of state..., and a military leader with few peers in her time.

The important facts about her life are outlined by Professor

Glasgow of Bowie, Maryland:

“Her extraordinary story begins about 1582, the year of her birth. She is referred to as Nzingha, or Jinga, but is better known as Ann Nzingha. She was the sister of the then-reigning King of Ndongo, Ngoli Bbondi, whose country was later called Angola. Nzingha was from an ethnic group called the Jagas. The Jagas were an extremely militant group who formed a human shield against the Portuguese slave traders. Nzingha never accepted the Portuguese conquest of Angola, and was always on the military offensive. As part of her strategy against the invaders, she formed an alliance with the Dutch, who she intended to use to defeat the Portuguese slave traders.”

In 1623, at the age of forty-one, Nzingha became Queen of Ndongo. She forbade her subjects to call her Queen, She preferred to be called King, and when leading an army in battle, dressed in men’s clothing.

In 1659, at the age of seventy-five, she signed a treaty with the Portuguese, bringing her no feeling of triumph. Nzingha had resisted the Portuguese most of her adult life. African bravery, however, was no match for gun powder. This great African woman died in 1663, which was followed by the massive expansion of the Portuguese slave trade.

Today in Labor History

July 18

The Brotherhood of Telegraphers begins an unsuccessful three-week strike against the Western Union Telegraph Co. - 1883

35,000 Chicago stockyard workers strike - 1919

Hospital workers win 113-day union recognition strike in Charleston, S.C. - 1969

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Brotherhood of Telegraphers begins an unsuccessful three-week strike against the Western Union Telegraph Co. - 1883

"A local newspaper agreed with the strikers: "[T]he 'woman question' is one that will longest engage the public attention. Equal pay for equal service is a just principle." - from http://homefront.homestead.com/jaygouldandtelegraphoperators.html

A neat page from the St Paul, MN 'Daily Globe', Jul 20 1883 - -> http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025287/1883-07-20/ed-1/seq-1/

SOURCE: The Unionist

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Darrin Kirk Rest in Peace

Family members will join over 100 Motorcyclist to Mourn the Murder of Darrin Kirk and Call for Police to Step Up their Investigation

 LOS ANGELES - Family and friends of Darrin Kirk, a man shot in the head as he sat on his mother’s front porch in the 8800 block of South Halldale Blvd. on June 19, will participate in a candlelight vigil Wednesday July 18 at 7 p.m. to mourn his death and call on LAPD investigators to step up their search for the killer.

The vigil will take place in front of Kirk’s mother’s home located in Gramercy Park on 8813 South Halldale Blvd., where Kirk sustained the gunshot wounds that eventually led to his death.

 Family members say they have released to police a video taken from two cameras at the home, which captures the suspect as he approached the home behind a parked pick-up truck and fired several rounds at Kirk as he sat on the porch.

 Kirk, 45, was an avid motorcyclist and devoted father of a 2-year-old daughter, died at the California Hospital Medical Center on July 7 from the injuries he suffered June 19 as the result of the lone gunman who is still at large. According to coroner's records, Kirk died from a gunshot wound to the head.

 About 100 motorcyclists will roll out to the vigil in support Kirk’s family in their attempt to seek information about his murder. According to a source, investigators will not return Kirk’s mother’s calls, even though they urged her to call them for updates.

 A funeral service for Kirk will take place Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m., at the Living Room of the Faithful Central Bible Church, 400 W. Florence, Inglewood, CA 90301. A viewing will be held Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m. at Harrison Ross Mortuary on Crenshaw Blvd.

Los Angeles Times Homicide Report

If you can shed any light on this unsolved murder please contact: Haywood Galbreath 310.505.0543, or the Los Angeles Police Department 877.275.5273

Anonymous Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 800.222.8477

Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Sam Zell meets the Blogging Pressman

Today in Labor History

July 17

Two ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, Calif., killing 322, including 202 African-Americans assigned by the Navy to handle explosives. It was the worst home-front disaster of World War II. The resulting refusal of 258 African-Americans to return to the dangerous work underpinned the trial and conviction of 50 of the men in what is called the Port Chicago Mutiny - 1944

[All Labor Has Dignity: Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 massive unemployment, a staggering racial wealth gap, and the near collapse of a financial system that puts profits before people, this collection of King's speeches on labor rights and economic justice underscore his relevance for today.]

July 16

Ten thousand workers strike Chicago's International Harvester operations - 1919

Martial law declared in strike by longshoremen in Galveston, Texas - 1920

San Francisco Longshoreman's strike spreads, becomes four-day general strike - 1934

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Los Angeles Art Walk Stage for Occupiers Protest

I was very excited to attend the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, Brady Westwater is one of the biggest promoters, and I did my best to find him with no luck. Had a quick dinner just feet from where the Occupy Los Angeles Group planned to organize their Chalk Walk Protest, they took over both sidewalks of Spring Street just South of Fifth Street. The image below was used as an advertisement for tonight's protest on Facebook.

As I sipped on a black coffee outside The Last Bookstore many police officers on motorcycles and in cars descended to 5th and Spring Streets, with lights blaring and sirens wailing. The bicycle police and private security, on bicycles also rushed to the area of protest. Several of the protesters were arrested before the police left the scene, only to return once again as the crowd grew in numbers and increased their din of protest slogans. This wasn't what I had in mind before attending tonight's event, which I won't forget anytime soon.

Spring Street at 5th was closed a third time and I thought it would wise to leave the area for the safety of home. This was my first visit to the Art Walk, and I plan to return again, as it should be a bit quieter next time.

Thursday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Harry Parry is one of the many regulars at Venice Beach

Today in Labor History

July 12

Bisbee, Ariz. deports Wobblies; 1,186 miners sent into desert in manure-laden boxcars. They had been fighting for improved safety and working conditions - 1917

The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star (Frankenstein’s Monster) and union activist Boris Karloff - 1933

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Downtown Art Walk July 12, 2012

Everything You Want And Need To Know About Thursday Night's Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk!

And don't forget - PART II of THE LAST BOOKSTORE"S soon to be a full 100,000 book - all at a buck apiece - second floor makes its Art Walk debut at 5th & Srping. 10 AM - 11 PM Thursday!

GUIDE: Downtown Art Walk, July 12, 2012.

Downtown Art Walk, or the DAW movement, continues to be a complex abstraction that undergoes conflicting evaluation of process. To make your own personal interpretive experience that defines Art Walk, head toward the Historic Core, or detour briefly in other parts of downtown Los Angeles, on Thursday, July 12.

The Art Walk Lounge, housed in the historic MALDEF Building's expansive lobby, will feature works by Darren Quinn. (Art Walk sponsor SASSOON will hold "Hair As Art" show at 10:15 p.m. at the Robert Reynolds Gallery at 408 S. Spring St). Officially, Art Walk hours are 6 to 10 p.m. and held around 4th Street to 7th Street on Spring and Main Streets.
Downtown LA Art Walk Lounge I 634 S. Spring Street

Bob Bagwell Leaving the Los Angeles Times

 Former Los Angeles Times Publisher David Hiller with Bob Bagwell on the right.

I hear things are not going well for the Los Angeles Times, and judging from the size of my Times that hits my driveway daily, it's rather easy to see advertising is disappearing from the hard copy.

As the newspaper makes every attempt at staying afloat the ax has fallen on one of the longest careers at the newspaper, Bob Bagwell will be leaving the newspaper on August 10th, 2012. Mr. Bagwell will have marked sixty-five years at the newspaper on August 4th, unfortunately he will be leaving.

Can you imagine the changes Mr. Bagwell experienced in sixty-five years at the newspaper, which also brings to mind, that the majority reading this were not even alive when he began his decades of service for the newspaper.

We wish Mr. Bagwell the best in retirement.

Today in Labor History

July 11

Striking coal miners in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho dynamite barracks housing Pinkerton management thugs - 1892
[Basic Patterns in Union Contracts, 14th Edition is a valuable resource for union negotiators, offering hard data about the presence of specific language in contracts and, where applicable, the costs of the language. A comprehensive index directs you to the exact issue you want to address in negotiations. This helpful book can help you squelch employer claims of “Nobody can do what you want and stay in business!” In the UCS bookstore now.]

After seven years of labor by as many as 2,800 construction workers, the Triborough Bridge opens in New York. Actually a complex of three bridges, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens. Construction began on Black Friday, 1929, and New Deal money turned it into one of the largest public works projects of the Great Depression - 1936

A nine-year strike, the longest in the history of the United Auto Workers, began at the Ohio Crankshaft Division of Park-Ohio Industries Inc. in Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio. Despite scabs, arrests and firings, UAW Local 91 members hung tough and in 1992 won a fair contract - 1983

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

Wednesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

The Los Angeles Times Newspaper Kittens

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Today in Labor History

July 10
Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and civil rights activist, born - 1875

14,000 federal and state troops finally succeed in putting down the strike against the Pullman Palace Car Co., which had been peaceful until July 5, when federal troops intervened in Chicago, against the repeated protests of the Governor and Chicago’s mayor. Some 34 American Raily Union members were killed by troops over the course of the strike - 1894

A powerful explosion rips through the Rolling Mill coal mine in Johnstown, Pa., killing 112 miners, 83 of whom were immigrants from Poland and Slovakia - 1902

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce holds a mass meeting of more than 2,000 merchants to organize what was to become a frontal assault on union strength and the closed shop. The failure of wages to keep up with inflation after the 1906 earthquake had spurred multiple strikes in the city - 1916

Sidney Hillman dies at age 59. He led the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, was a key figure in the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations and was a close advisor to Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt - 1946 

July 09

The worst rail accident in U.S. history occurred when two trains pulled by 80-ton locomotives collided head-on at Dutchman’s curve in west Nashville, Tenn. 101 people died, another 171 were injured - 1918

New England Telephone "girls" strike for seven-hour workday, $27 weekly pay after four years' service - 1923

New York City subway system managers in the Bronx attempt to make cleaning crews on the IRT line work faster by forcing the use of a 14-inch squeegee instead of the customary 10-inch tool. Six workers are fired for insubordination; a two-day walkout by the Transport Workers Union wins reversal of the directive and the workers’ reinstatement - 1935

United Packinghouse, Food & Allied Workers merge with Amalgamated Meat Cutters & Butcher Workmen - 1968

Five thousand demonstrators rally at the state capitol in Columbia, S.C. in support of the "Charleston Five," labor activists charged with felony rioting during a police attack on a 2000 longshoremen's picket of a non-union crew unloading a ship - 2001
[On The Global Waterfront: The Fight to Free the Charleston Fivetells the story of longshoremen in South Carolina who confronted attempts to wipe out their union, the state’s most powerful black organization, and rallied the nation and labor around the world in their successful fight. It is a compelling narrative of a local struggle, a transformed union leader, and a newly-energized international worker movement. In the UCS bookstore now.]

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.