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
Baltimore Locals 355 and 570 strike at US Foods facility in Severn, Md. Apr. 28, 2016| At 2pm yesterday, Teamster members of U.S. Foods in Severn, Md., walked off the job and commenced an unfair labor strike against the Company. The dispute centers around the Company's failure to bargain in good faith, its use of out-of-state and non-bargaining unit employees to perform work normally performed by the Teamsters, and the Company's attempt to deal directly with its employees concerning effects bargaining. US Foods employs approximately 190 Teamsters in both the warehouse and delivery operations. More at teamsters355.com and team570.org.
Gannett offers $815 million to buy Tribune Publishing Apr. 28, 2016| Gannett Co., which owns USA TODAY and more than 100 other media properties across the country, said Monday it offered to buy Tribune Publishing, it's second big expansion move since spinning off from its former parent less than a year ago. Besides USA TODAY, Gannett owns 107 local news organizations, including the Detroit Free Press, Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Arizona Republic. usatoday.comRelated: Here's what Gannett would do with Tribune's major newspapers.