• Today in Labor History
    Nov. 17, 1916: To the huge relief of Post Office Department employees, the service sets a limit of 200 pounds a day to be shipped by any one customer. Builders were finding it cheaper to send supplies via post than via wagon freight. In one instance, 80,000 bricks for a new bank were shipped parcel post from Salt Lake City to Vernal, Utah, 170 miles away. The new directive also barred the shipment of humans: a child involved in a couple’s custody fight was shipped—for 17¢—from Stillwell to South Bend, Ind., in a crate labeled “live baby”.
    ~ Union Communications Services


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    • Local and National News

      Fight for $15 just scored big in Maryland. We have unions to thank
      Nov. 16, 2017 | A law establishing a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Maryland’s Montgomery County was signed into law Monday. It’s a meaningful victory for the Fight for $15, the union-inspired campaign to raise wages nationally. Montgomery is the most populous county in the state, with a larger population than the nearby cities of Washington, D.C., or Baltimore. It’s also a bellwether for Maryland politics, where organizing has begun already ahead of the 2018 statewide elections, including organizing aimed at improving Maryland’s wage laws…Working In These Times 

      Teamsters denounce House passage of joint employer ruling rollback
      Nov. 9, 2017 | The Teamsters Union today denounced the passage of legislation (H.R. 3441) introduced by House Republicans that rolls back the 2015 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “joint employer” ruling in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc. (BFI). The decision ensured strong protections for millions of American workers by holding accountable employers that rely on temporary or contracted workers when those employers call the shots. The joint employer rule prevents companies from claiming they are not responsible for workers employed by agencies retained by the company… Teamsters

      Horseshoe Casino workers join Day of Action
      Oct. 16, 2017 | Workers from the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino will celebrate their first union contract with a rally and march this Thursday in Baltimore. Members of Teamsters Local 355, UNITE HERE, IATSE, UAW, and IUOE will rally at McKeldin Square to announce this great victory and then march to City Hall… D.C. Labor

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      Dec. 6, 2016  | …The postelection uptick in support for journalism has not been limited to nonprofit media; the newspaper conglomerate Tronc Inc. (formerly Tribune Publishing) and The New York Times, among others, have reported thousands of new subscribers since the election. But for the growing number of nonprofit journalism organizations, the moment may provide the kind of opening they have needed to take on a much larger role for a field that continues to face significant financial challenges and sinking public trust… nytimes.com July 24, 2017 | The pursuit of the Chicago-Sun Times was thwarted by a Department of Justice decision to prevent the owner of the Chicago Tribune from also owning the city’s second-largest daily newspaper. So what’s next for Tronc, the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing that also ons the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel? thestreet.com Feb. 1, 2017  | For a few says, the parent company of the Chicago Tribune [and Baltimore Sun] told us everything we need to know about its contempt for reporters and cynicism about journalism. Just after 3 p.m. last Friday, @troncCareers posted a tweet with a Dilbert cartoon mocking the idea of hiring reporters… robertfeder.com
      Dec. 6, 2016  | …The postelection uptick in support for journalism has not been limited to nonprofit media; the newspaper conglomerate Tronc Inc. (formerly Tribune Publishing) and The New York Times, among others, have reported thousands of new subscribers since the election. But for the growing number of nonprofit journalism organizations, the moment may provide the kind of opening they have needed to take on a much larger role for a field that continues to face significant financial challenges and sinking public trust… nytimes.com
      July 24, 2017 | The pursuit of the Chicago-Sun Times was thwarted by a Department of Justice decision to prevent the owner of the Chicago Tribune from also owning the city’s second-largest daily newspaper. So what’s next for Tronc, the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing that also ons the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel? thestreet.com
      Feb. 1, 2017  | For a few says, the parent company of the Chicago Tribune [and Baltimore Sun] told us everything we need to know about its contempt for reporters and cynicism about journalism. Just after 3 p.m. last Friday, @troncCareers posted a tweet with a Dilbert cartoon mocking the idea of hiring reporters… robertfeder.com

      Elsewhere in The News

        • The fight over paid leave is heating up in Congress.
        • 400 millionaires tell Congress not to cut their taxes.
        • Billionaire destroyed his newsrooms out of spite.
        • How the American dream turned into greed and inequality.
        • Can the Constitution save workers from forced arbitration?
        • Union workers targeted by an addiction treatment center.
        • How Labor can win under national ‘right-to-work’.
        • Republicans put union-busting lawyer in charge of enforcing labor law.


      Nov. 16, 2017 | TAXES | …The latest addition to the tax bill would repeal the $700 tax imposed on people who do not get health insurance through their employers, federal programs or the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Repeal of the “individual mandate” would raise some $338 billion over a decade, to help offset the $1.5 trillion in red ink the Republicans’ tax cut for the rich would produce, not counting interest on the deb...The combination brought the protesters against the tax cut to Capitol Hill, on the eve of the key House vote on the GOP scheme on November 16. And unions, including the Steelworkers, the Teamsters, the Communications Workers and the AFL-CIO, urged members to redouble their efforts by phone and e-mail against the legislation… People’s World

      Nov. 15, 2017 | WAR AGAINST WORKERS | In the last few months, Richard Trumka, president of the national AFL-CIO, resigned from a key Trump advisory board after Charlottesville; unions nationally are rallying with progressive Democrats to stop Trump's anti-union appointees to the National Labor Relations Board; graduate students at Harvard, Boston College and many universities are fighting to unionize; and Bernie Sanders has introduced a "Medicare for All" bill. This is the beginning of the "universalizing" resistance to the right wing seeking to destroy unions, end social protections, including the Affordable Care Act, and return to a Gilded Age plutocracy… Truth-Out

      Nov. 13, 2017 | LABOR LAW | The Senate has voted to confirm Peter Robb, management-side lawyer who helped decertify the air-traffic controllers union during its 1981 strike, as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. The 49-46 vote was on strict party lines… In 1981, he was the Reagan administration lawyer who litigated unfair-labor-practice charges against the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, enabling Reagan to fire more than 11,000 air-traffic controllers and break the union. “Let’s be clear about how Mr.Robb has chosen to spend his professional life: Helping management close plants and cut jobs, suing unions, delaying workers’ rights to collectively bargain, and defending companies that violate workplace safety and fair pay laws,” said Sen Gary Peters, D-Mich… Labor Press

        • Here’s one union that can’t be touched by RTW laws.
        • NAFTA, the cross-border disaster.
        • 4 reasons why US health care is so expensive.
        • Pennsylvania Teamsters save a life.
        • ‘Some kids are not orphans because of this…’.
        • Trump has betrayed union rank and file who voted for him.
        • Public sector Teamsters stand up to anti-union efforts.
        • More Teamster and labor union news here.
        • Union compels UPS to pay Health & Welfare delinquency.
        • End of ‘House of Cards’ wipes out more than 2,000 jobs.
        • Republicans defeat the ‘Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs’ amendment.
       
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