• Today in Labor History
    July 27, 1919
    Coal miner and labor leader Albert Ginger Goodwin is shot and killed by Canadian police. Although he had been ruled unfit for military service during World War I because he had lung disease, the conscription board reversed its decision just days after Goodwin led smelter workers on strike for the eight-hour day. Opposed to the war, Goodwin fled and for months avoided capture by the authorities. His death inspired Canada's first general strike on August 2 in Vancouver.
    ~Today in Labor History

    • Local and National News

      Members approve merger with Teamsters Local 355
      July 19, 2021 | (UpdatedFollowing months of uncertainty about the paper's future, and its recent sale to Alden Global, Local 888 mailers voted unanimously Thursday, July 15, to approve a merger with Teamsters Local 355. The Baltimore Sun’s drivers and pressmen are also members of Local 355.“Despite the changes we've endured over the years, we held on as long as we could,” said Larry Geho, Local 888 president. “Alden Global's recent buyout offers coming so soon after its takeover and ahead of what is sure to be more layoffs, isn't good news for our Local. Our numbers have dropped to just 45 full-time mailers.” Geho has accepted a buyout and will retire. In discussions with Local 355 about the future of 888, Geho predicted his members would feel better merging with Local 355, allowing them to continue Teamster representation. “This is an unfortunate reality, but not one we are unaccustomed to,” said Denis Taylor, Local 355 President. “We’ve represented the Sun drivers for more than 50 years, and seven years ago, its pressmen merged with our Local. Now with you, we've come full circle.” The merger with the 6,000-member Local Union is expected to be completed by August 31, 2021. Until then, Local 888 members can continue to contact Geho for information and assistance.

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