Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Today in Labor History

New York City maids organize to improve working conditions - 1734
Mine explosion in Mount Pleasant, Pa., leaves more than 100 dead - 1891
First meeting of the Int’l Labor Organization (ILO) - 1920
Kansas miners strike against compulsory arbitration - 1920
A 3¢ postage stamp is issued, honoring AFL founder Samuel Gompers - 1950

(There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America is the sympathetic, thoughtful and highly readable history of the American labor movement traces unionism from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1820s to organized labor’s decline in the 1980s and struggle for survival and growth today.)

A group of Detroit African-American auto workers known as the Eldon Avenue Axle Plant Revolutionary Union Movement leads a wildcat strike against racism and bad working conditions.  They are critical of both automakers and the UAW, condemning the seniority system and grievance procedures as racist – 1969
Pete Seeger dies in New York at age 94. A musician and activist, he was a revered figure on the American left, persecuted during the McCarthy era for his support of  progressive, labor and civil rights causes. A prolific songwriter, he is generally credited with popularizing the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.” He actively participated in demonstrations until shortly before his death – 2014
Members of the Northwestern University football team announce they are seeking union recognition. A majority signed cards, later delivered to the National Labor Relations Board office in Chicago, asking for representation by the College Athletes Players Association - 2014
January 26
In what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledges his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s code, reports Roger Newell: shares of the booty were equal regardless of race or sex, and shipboard decisions were made collectively - 1695
Samuel Gompers, first AFL president, born in London, England. He emigrated to the U.S. as a youth - 1850
The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America is chartered by the American Federation of Labor to organize "every wage earner from the man who takes the bullock at the house until it goes into the hands of the consumer." - 1897
Workers win a two-day sit-down strike at the Brooklyn electric plant that powers the city's entire subway system - 1937
A handful of American companies announce nearly 60,000 layoffs today, as the recession that began during the George W. Bush presidency charges full-tilt toward what became known as the Great Recession - 2009
(Union Strategies for Hard Times, 2nd Edition: What can unions do as the fallout of the Great Recession continues to ravage workers and their unions and threatens to destroy decades of collective bargaining gains? What must local union leaders do to help their laid off members, protect those still working, and prevent the gutting of their hard-fought contracts—and their very unions themselves?
    Bill Barry, until recently director of labor studies at the Community College of Baltimore County and a 40-year veteran of the movement, calls on his long history of activism and years of "what works, what doesn’t" discussions with other leaders to come up with a plan to survive these terrible times and even use crisis to build a better future.)
January 25
Sojourner Truth addresses first Black Women’s Rights convention - 1851

The Sheet Metal Workers Int'l Association (SMWIA) is founded in Toledo, Ohio, as the Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers’ Int’l Association - 1888

Two hundred miners are killed in a horrific explosion at the Harwick mine in Cheswick, Pa., Allegheny County. Many of the dead lie entombed in the sealed mine to this day - 1904

(The novel Sixteen Tons carries the reader down into the dark and dangerous coal mines of the early 1900s, as Italian immigrant Antonio Vacca and his sons encounter cave-ins and fires deep below the earth’s surface. Above ground, miners battle gun thugs and corrupt sheriffs at Virden, Matewan and Ludlow in an epic struggle to form a union and make the mines a safer place to work. Historian Kevin Corley’s depiction of miners’ lives is based on his own interviews with mining families.)

The Supreme Court upholds “Yellow Dog” employment contracts, which forbid membership in labor unions. Yellow Dog contracts remained legal until 1932 - 1915

Some 16,000 textile workers strike in Passaic, N.J. – 1926
The federal minimum wage rate rises to 75 cents an hour - 1950

Friday, January 22, 2016

Orange County Homeless Need Emergency Shelter—Now!

El Niño is now upon us–and Orange County officials have failed to act.

Homeless advocates across the OC call on the OC Board of Supervisors (OC BOS) to act quickly and swiftly to provide shelter for the over 400 people living outdoors in the Santa Ana Civic Center, the 440 people living outdoors in the Santa Ana Riverbed and the hundreds of other people living outside in the OC.
In December, the OC BOS approved a $500,000 action plan to provide emergency shelter for people living outdoors subject to the El Niño storms. This funding included a plan to provide 440 beds for the people living in the Santa Ana Riverbed. The action plan did not account for the hundreds of people living in the Santa Ana Civic Center or elsewhere in the county.

Full article at L.A. Progressive

Today in Labor History

January 22  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California - 1826
(Farmworker’s Friend: The story of Cesar Chavez is a thoughtful and moving book about the inspiring life of American hero Cesar Chavez, founder 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. It traces his growth as a man and as a leader, talking of his pacifism, his courage in the face of great threats and greater odds, his leadership and his view that the union was more than just a union, it was a community—una causa.)

Birth of Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor - 1849

The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio, with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Miners Union - 1890

Five hundred New York City tenants battle police to prevent evictions - 1932

January 21
Some 750,000 steel workers walk out in 30 states, largest strike in U.S. history to that time - 1946
Postal workers begin four-day strike at the Jersey City, N.J., bulk and foreign mail center, protesting an involuntary shift change.  The wildcat was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”- 1974
Six hundred police attack picketing longshoremen in Charleston, S.C. - 2000

January 20
Chicago Crib Disaster—A fire breaks out during construction of a water tunnel for the city of Chicago, burning the wooden dormitory housing the tunnel workers.  While 46 survive the fire by jumping into the frigid lake and climbing onto ice floes, approximately 60 men die, 29 burned beyond recognition and the others drowned - 1909
Hardworking Mickey Mantle signs a new contract with the New York Yankees making him the highest paid player in baseball: $75,000 for the entire 1961 season. It should be noted that because there were no long-term contracts, salaries fluctuated every year. In 1947, for example, Hank Greenberg signed a contract for a record $85,000. The Major League Baseball Players Association was created in 1953 and in 1968 negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with team owners, raising the minimum salary from $6,000 to $10,000 per year - 1961 
Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown," a eulogy for dying industrial cities, is the country’s most listened-to song. The lyrics, in part: "Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores / Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more / They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks / Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown..." - 1986

Friday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Newspaper circulation continues the downward trend

Retired journalist feels change pain - News-Press

Journalists as Family Feud ‘WINNERS’ - Romenesko

What words should you never say to a reporter? - Medium

The sky is falling on print newspapers faster than you think - Medium

Detroit Newspapers Feeling the Pressure of New Digital World - Josic

GOP Rep. Wants Government To Register Journalists - Huffpost Media

Twenty years ago, The New York Times launched - Poynter

Five Ways Newspapers Can Deepen Their Relationships with Readers - E and P

Newspapers demand firmer action against Russia over Litvinenko murder - Guardian

Novelist Obliterates The Bundy Militia, and Oregon’s Largest Newspaper - Think Progress

Bookstore closing: Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd

Bookstore closing: Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd: The proprietors of Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd Street announced to customers via email that they are in the process of shutting down. The closing clearance sale begins today and...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Today in Labor History

January 19  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Twenty strikers at the American Agricultural Chemical Co. in Roosevelt, N.J., were shot, two fatally, by factory guards. They and other strikers had stopped an incoming train in search of scabs when the guards opened fire - 1915
Some 3,000 members of the Filipino Federation of Labor strike the plantations of Oahu, Hawaii. Their ranks swell to 8,300 as they are joined by members of the Japanese Federation of Labor - 1920
Yuba City, Calif., labor contractor Juan V. Corona found guilty of murdering 25 itinerant farm workers he employed during 1970 and 1971 - 1973
Bruce Springsteen makes an unannounced appearance at a benefit for laid-off 3M workers, Asbury Park, N.J. - 1986

January 18

U.S. Supreme Court rules in Moyer v. Peabody that a governor and officers of a state National Guard may imprison anyone—in the case at hand, striking miners in Colorado—without probable cause “in a time of insurrection” and deny the person the right of appeal - 1909

Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

My new grandson Aiden loving his stuffed animal 
from Santa Anita Race Track

Will More Newspapers Go Nonprofit? - The Atlantic

Indiewire Acquired By Penske Media Corp. - Indie Wire

Globe delivery woes traced back to faulty routes - Boston Globe

Rude Interruptions: Pardon Me, But...May I? - Topanga Messenger

Newspapers' big challenge: Learning to compete - Media Life Magazine

Freedom Communications seeks court OK for March auction - Biz Journals

Newspaper bosses ‘paralyzed’ by change, clueless about paid content - Poynter

Fake Politico Reporter Is Becoming Facebook Friends With Journalists - Huff Post

Huffington Post Management Voluntarily Recognizes Employee Union - Huff Post

Dallas Morning News shuts down neighborsgo and FD, cuts 19 jobs - Dallas Morning News

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Slumdog Editor: Indian Newspaper Written and Produced by Street Kids

Balaknama is a New Delhi-based newspaper that breaks social conventions. Its reporters, editors, and contributors are from what many consider the lowermost rung of the Indian populace: slum kids. But they are re-defining their role in society and providing a mouthpiece for themselves and their often-overlooked peers. 

One reporter, Shambhu, works at a hotel during the night, washes cars during the day, and still finds time to write stories. Another contributor, 14-year-old Jyothi, used to collect trash from the street for salvage money. Now she is a district leader for the newspaper. Chief Editor Chandni (age 16) is in charge of compiling reports from across four states and deciding what stories are featured in the quarterly newspaper. The N.G.O. Chetna helps cover the expenses of producing Balaknama’s. The child reporters are not paid, but do receive a stipend for travel to cover a story. Chetna also provides education and training for these novice journalists.

Even though only half of Delhi’s slum population is literate, Balaknama enjoys great popularity and success -- its readership is in the tens of thousands. Some reports focus on good deeds that street kids have done, while other stories are more hard-hitting. Topics tackled in the past include child marriage, police brutality, and abuse. The stories often reflect the tough lives that Balaknama’s contributors live. 

Street kids in India do what they can to survive, from hawking wares at busy intersections to begging and rag-picking. They face constant danger in the form of verbal, physical, and sometimes sexual abuse – oftentimes at the hands of the police who are supposed to be protecting them. Many have abused drugs to escape the daily challenges of life.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Today in Labor History

Wobbly Ralph Chaplin, in Chicago for a demonstration against hunger, completes the writing of the labor anthem “Solidarity Forever” on this date in 1915. He’d begun writing it in 1914 during a miners’ strike in Huntington, W. Va. The first verse:
When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong – 1915
Seventeen workers in the area die when a large molasses storage tank in Boston’s North End neighborhood bursts, sending a 40-foot wave of molasses surging through the streets at an estimated 35 miles per hour.  In all, 21 people died and 150 were injured.  The incident is variously known as the Boston Molasses Disaster, the Great Molasses Flood and the Great Boston Molasses Tragedy.  Some residents claim that on hot summer days, the area still smells of molasses - 1919

Martin Luther King Jr. born - 1929
(All Labor Has Dignity: Dr. 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. 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 CIO miners' union in the Grass Valley area of California strikes for higher wages, union recognition, and the 8-hour day. The strike was defeated when vigilantes and law enforcement officials expelled 400 miners and their families from the area - 1938

The Pentagon, to this day the largest office building in the world, is dedicated just 16 months after groundbreaking. At times of peak employment 13,000 workers labored on the project – 1943

January 14
Clinton-era OSHA issues confined spaces standard to prevent more than 50 deaths and 5,000 serious injuries annually for workers who enter confined spaces - 1993
Pennsylvania Superior Court rules bosses can fire workers for being gay - 1995
Some 14,000 General Electric employees strike for two days to protest the company's mid-contract decision to shift an average of $400 in additional health care co-payments onto each worker – 2003
A 15-month lockout by the Minnesota Orchestra against members of the Twin Cities Musicians' Union, Local 30-73 ends when the musicians agree to a 15 percent pay cut (management wanted up to 40 percent) and increased health care cost sharing. They did win a revenue-sharing deal based on performance of the Orchestra's endowments. It was the nation's longest-running contract dispute for a concert orchestra - 2014

January 13
The original Tompkins Square Riot. As unemployed workers demonstrated in New York's Tompkins Square Park, a detachment of mounted police charged into the crowd, beating men, women and children with billy clubs. Declared Abram Duryee, the Commissioner of Police: "It was the most glorious sight I ever saw..." - 1874
Latino citrus workers strike in Covina, Calif. - 1919
(Exact date uncertain) As the nation debates a constitutional amendment to rein in the widespread practice of brutally overworking children in factories and fields, U.S. District Judge G.W. McClintic expresses concern, instead, about child idleness - 1924

January 12
Novelist Jack London is born. His classic definition of a scab—someone who would cross a picket line and take a striker's job: "After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, the vampire, He had some awful substance left with which He made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a cork-screw soul, a water-logged brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles" - 1876
Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson orders police to raid an open-air mass meeting of shipyard workers in an attempt to prevent a general strike. Workers were brutally beaten. The strike began the following month, with 60,000 workers walking out in solidarity with some 25,000 metal tradesmen - 1919
President Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board to mediate labor disputes during World War II. Despite the fact that 12 million of the nation’s workers were women—to rise to 18 million by war’s end—the panel consisted entirely of men - 1942

January 11
The IWW-organized “Bread & Roses” textile strike of 32,000 women and children begins in Lawrence, Mass. It lasted 10 weeks and ended in victory. The first millworkers to walk out were Polish women, who, upon collecting their pay, exclaimed that they had been cheated and promptly abandoned their looms - 1912
(Originally published in 1964 and long out of print, Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology remains by far the biggest and best source on IWW history, fiction, songs, art, and lore. This new edition includes 40 pages of additional material from the 1998 Charles H. Kerr edition by Fred Thompson and Franklin Rosemont, and a new preface by Wobbly organizer Daniel Gross.)

(Notice in the Minneapolis Labor Review) “Minneapolis Ice Wagon Drivers’ Union will hold an exceptionally interesting meeting Sunday, at 16 South 5th St.  A Jazz Band, dancing, boxing and good speaking are among the attractions.” - 1918

Nearly two weeks into a sit-down strike at GM’s Fisher Body Plant No. 2 in Flint, Mich., workers battle police when they try to prevent the strikers from receiving food deliveries from thousands of supporters on the outside.  Sixteen strikers and spectators and 11 police were injured.  Most of the strikers were hit by buckshot fired by police riot guns; the police were injured principally by thrown nuts, bolts, door hinges and other auto parts. The incident became known as the “Battle of the Running Bulls” - 1936

National Hockey League owners end a player lockout that had gone for three months and ten days.  A key issue was owner insistence on a salary cap, which they won - 1995

Ford Motor Co. announces it will eliminate 35,000 jobs while discontinuing four models and closing five plants - 2002

Carolyn Kellogg named LA Times books editor

Carolyn Kellogg named LA Times books editor: She has been the section's writer and, for now, is the only staffer remaining.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Homeless, housing and Nimbys

Homeless, housing and Nimbys: A missing ingredient in Wednesday’s Los Angeles County town-hall style meeting on homelessness was a frank discussion of the difficulties in filling the homeless’ great need for affordable housing.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The right goodbye

The right goodbye: Richard Riordan's party for former LA Times journalists was the kind of celebration of talent the paper should have had.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Today in Labor History

January 09  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

A Mediation Commission appointed by President Woodrow Wilson finds that "industry’s failure to deal with unions" is the prime reason for labor strife in war industries - 1918
Eighty thousand Chicago construction workers strike - 1922
Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union leads Missouri Highway sit-down of 1,700 families. They had been evicted from their homes so landowners wouldn't have to share government crop subsidy payments with them - 1939
Former Hawaii Territorial Gov. Ingram Steinbeck opposes statehood for Hawaii, saying left wing unions have an "economic stranglehold" on the islands. Hawaii was to be granted statehood five years later - 1954
The administration of George W. Bush declares federal airport security screeners will not be allowed to unionize so as not to "complicate" the war on terrorism. The decision was challenged and eventually overturned after Bush left office - 2003

January 08
The largest slave revolt in U.S. history begins on Louisiana sugar plantations.  Slaves armed with hand tools marched toward New Orleans, setting plantations and crops on fire, building their numbers to an estimated 300-500 as they went.  The uprising lasted for two days before being brutally suppressed by the military - 1811
Birthdate of Mary Kenney O’Sullivan, first AFL woman organizer. In 1880 she organized the Woman’s Bookbinder Union and in 1903 was a founder of the National Women’s Trade Union League - 1864

American Federation of Labor charters a Mining Department - 1912

The AFL Iron and Steel Organizing Committee ends the “Great Steel Strike.” Some 350,000 to 400,000 steelworkers had been striking for more than three months, demanding union recognition. The strike failed - 1920

LA Times alums join bigger Kaiser Health News - LA Observed

LA Times alums join bigger Kaiser Health News - LA Observed

Friday, January 08, 2016

John Hickson Rest in Peace

Former Los Angeles Times Pressman John Hickson (80) passed on Monday January 4th, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. John (pictured at the left) worked as a press operator for many years before taking one of the many buyouts offered throughout the years at the newspaper. Just like this picture, at a retirees breakfast, John was always smiling and laughing.

Rest in peace my friend

Friday Night in the Blogosphere

The Jeepney is seen throughout the Philippines, if you look closely you can make out 
they were once American jeeps converted to public transportation vehicles. 

On the Edge of Recession - Robert Reich

Delivering newspapers is tough work - PRI

‘The Line Between Fact and Fiction’ revisited - Poynter

Newsonomics: Setting the news table for 2016 - NiemanLab

Man-machine marriage in newsrooms likely - Editors Weblog

Tribune Media rebuilds IT from the ground up - Network World

As Time Warner Cable crows, I'm cutting the cord - David Lazarus

Chicago ABC to power newspaper weather page - Newscast Studio

OC Register to cut a bunch of community weeklies - Gustavo Arellano

Gawker union to management: Reasonable pay increases are essential - Romenesko

Yaroslavsky says there's no quick fix for homeless - Bill Boyarsky

Yaroslavsky says there's no quick fix for homeless - Bill Boyarsky

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Today in Labor History

January 07  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

An explosion at Osage Coal and Mining Company’s Mine Number 11 near Krebs, Okla., kills 100, injures 150 when an untrained worker accidentally sets off a stash of explosives - 1892
Wobbly Tom Mooney, accused of a murder by bombing in San Francisco, pardoned and freed after 22 years in San Quentin - 1939
The presidents of 12 of the nation’s largest unions meet and call for reuniting the American labor movement, which split into two factions in 2005 when seven unions left the AFL-CIO and formed a rival federation. The meeting followed signals from President-elect Barack Obama that he would prefer dealing with a united movement, rather than a fractured one that often had two competing voices. Unions from both sides of the split participated in the meeting. The reunification effort failed, but by mid-2013 four of the unions had rejoined the AFL-CIO - 2009

January 06

The Toronto Trades and Labour Council endorses the principle of equal pay for equal work between men and women - 1882
Eight thousand workers strike at Youngstown Sheet & Tube. The following day the strikers’ wives and other family members join in the protest. Company guards use tear gas bombs and fire into the crowd; three strikers are killed, 25 wounded - 1916

Jill Stewart to leave LA Weekly and more media notes - LA Observed

Jill Stewart to leave LA Weekly and more media notes - LA Observed

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Seen outside the former headquarters of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Newspapers: The struggle to reinvent goes on - Media Life

Globe turns to former distributor to get back on track - Boston Globe

Charlie Hebdo: anniversary reveals more cautious French press - Editors Weblog

Support Grows For 'Los Angeles Times' To Return To Local Ownership - WCQS

Hearst Taps Former Yahoo Exec to Run Digital for Newspapers Division - WWD

Hey, Donald: Newspaper circulation is dropping plenty already - Washington Post

Newspaper editor quits journalism to battle LA ‘mega developments’ - My News LA

Millennials’ views of news media, religious organizations grow more negative - Fact Tank

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Globe delivery fiasco illustrates challenges of digital era

Globe delivery fiasco illustrates challenges of digital era

Daily newspapers in Fredericksburg and Fairbanks sold over the holidays

Daily newspapers in Fredericksburg and Fairbanks sold over the holidays

Today in Labor History

January 05  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.
 The nation’s first labor convention of Black workers was held in Washington, D.C., with 214 delegates forming the Colored National Labor Union - 1869

Ford Motor Company raises wages from $2.40 for a 9-hour day to $5 for an 8-hour day in effort to keep the unions out - 1914

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins. Ten of the 11 deaths on the job came when safety netting beneath the site—the first-ever use of such equipment—failed under the stress of a scaffold that had fallen. Nineteen other workers were saved by the net over the course of construction. They became members of the (informal) Halfway to Hell Club - 1933

January 04

Angered by increasing farm foreclosures, members of Iowa's Farmers Holiday Association threaten to lynch banking representatives and law officials who institute foreclosure proceedings for the duration of the Great Depression - 1933
What many believe to be the longest strike in modern history, by Danish barbers’ assistants, ends after 33 years - 1961
Eight thousand New York City social workers strike, demand better conditions for welfare recipients - 1965
United Paperworkers Int’l Union merges with Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers Int’l Union to form Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical & Energy Workers Int’l Union, itself later to merge with the Steelworkers - 1999

Delivering the Globe, one street at a time

Delivering the Globe, one street at a time


The last time I delivered newspapers, I was 12 years old, standing on the porch of one of my neighbors on Linden Avenue in Malden. It was collection day.
Mr. Daly was a nice man and paid me promptly. Exact amount owed, to the penny. When I lingered on the porch, he turned back and sized me up.
“What do you want?” he said. “A tip?”
I shrugged.
“Here’s a tip,” Mr. Daly said. “Stay in school, kid.”

Los Angeles Times Offering Employees a Bounty

If you or someone you know is seeking employment as a press-person, please contact me so I can refer you through a former colleague.

Not certain if this was brought on by previous buyouts, retirements, or employees departing due too illness?

Maybe the Orange County Register deal is around the corner and additional employees will be needed to produce additional newspapers?

Stay tuned...

Sheldon Adelson distances himself from purchase of Las Vegas Review-Journal

Sheldon Adelson distances himself from purchase of Las Vegas Review-Journal

Los Angeles Times Price Increase

As of January 1st, 2016 the cost of purchasing a single issue of the daily Los Angeles Times (Monday through Saturday) increased from $1.50 to $2.00, with the Sunday edition at $3.00 from $2.00.

As advertisers and readers seek alternatives to the hard copy of the newspaper, costs of producing the paper will be passed onto the consumers.

Judge cuts $2.1 million from TJ Simers' jury award - LA Observed

Judge cuts $2.1 million from TJ Simers' jury award - LA Observed

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Today in Labor History

January 02  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.
Conference of 23 industrial unionists in Chicago leads to formation of IWW, the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as Wobblies - 1905

In what became known as Palmer Raids, Attorney General Mitchell Palmer arrests 4,000 foreign-born labor agitators. He believed Communism was “eating its way into the homes of the American workman,” and Socialists were causing most of the country’s social problems - 1920

An underground explosion at Sago Mine in Tallmansville, W. Va., traps 12 miners and cuts power to the mine. Eleven men die, mostly by asphyxiation. The mine had been cited 273 times for safety violations over the prior 23 months - 2006

January 01

Women weavers form union, Fall River, Mass. - 1875

John L. Lewis is elected president of the United Mine Workers. Fifteen years later he is to be a leader in the formation of what was to become the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) - 1920

With the Great Depression in full force, the year 1932 opens with 14 million unemployed, national income down by 50 percent, breadlines that include former shopkeepers, businessmen and middle-class housewives. Charity is overwhelmed: only one-quarter of America’s unemployed are receiving any help at all - 1932

Workers begin to acquire credits toward Social Security pension benefits. Employers and employees became subject to a tax of one percent of wages on up to $3,000 a year - 1937

Adolph Strasser, head of the Cigar Maker’s Union and one of the founders of the AFL in 1886, died on this day in Forest Park, Ill. - 1939

Members of the Transport Workers Union and Amalgamated Transit Union working for the New York transit system begin what is to be a successful 12-day strike. Fiery TWU leader Mike Quill, jailed for several days during the strike, then hospitalized, died three days after his release from the hospital - 1966

The federal minimum wage rises to $2.65 an hour - 1978

Int’l Typographical Union, the nation’s oldest union, merges with Communications Workers of America - 1987

United Furniture Workers of America merges with Int’l Union of Electronic, Electrical, Technical, Salaried & Machine Workers to become Int’l Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine & Furniture Workers, now a division of CWA - 1987

National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians merges with Communications Workers of America - 1994

Int’l Union of Allied & Industrial Workers of America merges with United Paperworkers Int’l. Later merged into the Steelworkers - 1994

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) takes effect, despite objections by labor - 1994

Bakery, Confectionery & Tobacco Workers Int’l Union merges with American Federation of Grain Millers to form Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers Int’l Union - 1999