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    Apr. 26, 1944: On the orders of President Roosevelt, the U.S. Army seizes the Chicago headquarters of the unionized Montgomery Ward & Co. after management defies the National Labor Relations Board.
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    • Local and National News

      Teamsters sue drug manufacturers over opioid crisis
      Apr. 23, 2018 | The Teamsters are concerned about how the opioid crisis is affecting its members and their health and welfare funds. On April 18, a lawsuit was filed in Cleveland, Ohio on behalf of Teamsters’ Health and Welfare Funds in West Virginia and Ohio. The union says they are targeting pharmacy benefit managers along with a range of opioid drug manufacturers and distributors alleging a highly-coordinated scheme promoting opioids to treat pain at the expense of Americans, including thousands of Teamster members, retirees and family members…The group points out that its members are more vulnerable to this crisis as they work in physically demanding jobs – such as construction and manufacturing – are at particularly high-risk because prescription opioids have been commonly prescribed to treat on-the-job injuries… Industry Week

      Leon Black may be looking to buy Tronc
      Apr. 19, 2018 | The New York billionaire’s buyout shop Apollo Global Management is eyeing an acquisition of publishing empire Tronc — swooping in as negotiations to sell the company’s Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune papers have stalled, The Post has learned. Apollo has kindled talks with the management team at Tronc — whose other holdings include the New York Daily News and Chicago Tribune — along with a few other prospective acquirers that include at least one media company, sources said… New York Post

      Chicago Tribune staff seeks to form union in challenge to Tronc
      Apr. 11, 2018 | The Chicago Tribune’s editorial staff announced an effort to unionize, delivering a fresh challenge to owner Tronc Inc. following the resignation of its chairman amid accusations of sexual misconduct. “This would be the first union for editorial employees in the Tribune’s 170-year history, and we know you may have questions,” a committee of 46 employees said in a letter circulated to co-workers on Wednesday… Bloomberg

      Hoffa on Equal Pay Day: Disparity of women’s pay is nothing to celebrate
      Apr. 10, 2018 | Today is a sad reminder of the pay inequity faced by women in the workplace. Despite the annual effort to pass legislation in Congress that would codify paycheck fairness, there has been no progress. And that inaction will cost women and their families more than $430,000 over the length of their careers. Although the overall economy has been improving, the pay gap has barely budged in more than a decade. It hits nearly every occupation and is even worse for women of color. This is not just a low-income problem – it is an every woman problem… Teamsters

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      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 Mar. 12, 2018 | [Last] Thursday marked a day of reckoning for Tronc. The company — the last big public newspaper company to report year-end earnings — released those numbers for 2017. They weren’t good, as I had signaled in my earlier reporting on the chaos at and subsequent sale of the Los Angeles Times. But what followed seems to be much more than a reaction to that report. In a single stunning trading session, Tronc lost almost a quarter of its market value — or $160 million, down 24 percent.… Neiman Lab Feb. 7, 2018 | The Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Times completed its sale of the newspaper on Wednesday in a surprise move that probably spells the end of its long-troubled relationship with Southern California’s leading news outlet. The buyer is Patrick Soon-Shiong, a Los Angeles-area physician and a major shareholder of the paper’s former parent company, Tronc. As part of the $500 million deal, he will also buy its sister newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune…. Washington Post
      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
      Mar. 12, 2018 | [Last] Thursday marked a day of reckoning for Tronc. The company — the last big public newspaper company to report year-end earnings — released those numbers for 2017. They weren’t good, as I had signaled in my earlier reporting on the chaos at and subsequent sale of the Los Angeles Times. But what followed seems to be much more than a reaction to that report. In a single stunning trading session, Tronc lost almost a quarter of its market value — or $160 million, down 24 percent.… Neiman Lab
      Feb. 7, 2018 | The Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Times completed its sale of the newspaper on Wednesday in a surprise move that probably spells the end of its long-troubled relationship with Southern California’s leading news outlet. The buyer is Patrick Soon-Shiong, a Los Angeles-area physician and a major shareholder of the paper’s former parent company, Tronc. As part of the $500 million deal, he will also buy its sister newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune…. Washington Post

      Elsewhere in The News
      April 23, 2018 | JOBS | Want to make America great again and keep factories in the United States? Try strengthening labor unions. That may seem counterintuitive, and certainly contrary to the direction the country has been moving in lately. But the reality is that when organized labor dug in its heels — as it did regularly in the United States until late in the 20th century — manufacturing companies thought twice about shutting a factory and transferring production to another country… New York Times

      April 23, 2018 | ECONOMY | […] Young people are at a tipping point. They are frustrated by a system whose cracks were etched into place by preceding generations, but have only fully metastasized for theirs. They experience suffocating levels of student debt alongside declining wages and income equality while watching companies monopolize entire industries, and sometimes even nationwide elections. Representation—actual representation—feels more like theory than reality… For the first time in decades, union membership is on the rise among young people… Talk Poverty

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      April 20, 2018 | UNIONS | The Supreme Court is poised to bring “right to work” (RTW) to the public sector. Conservative, anti-labor forces see this as a blow to labor and are providing the financial and ideological support for the effort... Janus will be an enormous blow. But it does not have to mean the end of the labor movement. As teachers in West Virginia have made clear, a militant, determined group of workers fighting strategically can prevail in spite of labor law stacked against them… Jacobin Magazine

      April 19, 2018 | WAR ON WORKERS | The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a letter to federal officials Wednesday asking them to rescind a recent rule which speeds up union elections. Former President Barack Obama oversaw a very active administration when it came to labor policy. The purpose was to better protect workers by strengthening regulations and unions. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ushered in changes to union election procedures in those years which critics have called the “ambush election” rule. The rule shortens the amount of time union elections are held from a typical 38 days to as little as 10 days. The NRF is calling on the board to end the rule outright, or at least make significant modifications. Inside Sources


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