• Today in Labor History
    July 8, 1966
    From July 8 to August 19, 1966, over 35,000 airline workers across the nation employed by five airlines went on strike. After several years of stilted wage gains as the airline industry invested heavily in jet technology, aircraft mechanics and other ground service workers represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) were anxious to share in the substantial profits of 1965. Facing a bargaining impasse between the IAM and the five carriers (United, Northwest, National, Trans World and Eastern) covered in the industry’s first multi-carrier labor contract, a Presidential Emergency Board presented a “compromise” package. In the summer of 1966, IAM members rejected this compromise and walked off the job in the largest strike in airline history. For 43 days during the peak summer travel season, 60 percent of the U.S. commercial airline industry was literally inoperative as 35,000 workers stayed out on strike.
    ~ Voices of Labor

  • MAY 2016
    Updated On: Jun 21, 2016

    Gannett's new tactics to get Tribune Publishing to negotiate
    May 2, 2016 | Gannett's push to get Tribune Publishing and its Board chairman Michael Ferro to the table to discuss a proposed buyout offer intensified this morning. Gannett said it has filed preliminary proxy materials with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing its intent to see "withhold" votes in connection with Tribune Publishing's annual meeting slated for June 2… Gannett also has submitted a request to get access to Tribune Publishing shareholder records to allow Gannett to communicate with them. bizjournals.com

    Stand with CWA/IBEW strikers at Verizon
    May 5, 2016 | On April 13, 2016, General President Jim Hoffa declared that the Teamsters stand united with the CWA and the IBEW’s strike against Verizon. Today he urges Teamster Local Unions and members to support our union brothers and sisters at Verizon. “It’s more important now than ever to show Teamster solidarity in standing up to corporate greed. We have our own battles with corporate giants like US Foods where multiple Teamster Local Unions are on Unfair Labor Practice strikes, and at a Supervalu-owned distributor that services Kroger stores in Colorado. By having a strong Teamster presence supporting CWA and IBEW and helping those unions win their battles, we will help our union win current and future battles against these corporate giants.” Sign the petition to “Stand with Striking Workers.”

    Tribune Publishing adopts poison pill to stop Gannett bid
    May 9, 2016 | Newspaper publisher Tribune Publishing Co said its board had adopted a shareholder rights plan – popularly known as a “poison pill” – in a bid to thwart Gannett Co. Inc’s unsolicited takeover offer… “Our board is unanimous that Gannett will not succeed with its current tactics and low ball price,” Tribune Chief Executive Justin Dearborn said in a statement on Monday. reuters.com

    Tribune Publishing sends IT jobs overseas
    May 24, 2016 | The firm, which owns the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore SUn, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant and many other media properties, told as many as 200 IT employees in early April that it's moving work to India-based Tata Consultancy Services. Computerworld

    Is billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Tribune Publishing's white knight?
    May 25, 2016 | Patrick Soon-Shiong has developed a reputation for big ideas…His most recent venture is a $70.5-million investment in newspaper group Tribune Publishing. That make's him the company's No. 2 shareholder and plunks him into the middle of the newspaper industry's liveliest takeover fight, a white knight in Tribune Publishing Chairman Michael Ferro's efforts to ward off Gannett Co... baltimoresun.com

    Teamsters at largest USF facility in US honor picket lines
    May 26, 2016 | Locals 355 and 570 extended their picket lines to Metro New York (Perth Amboy), the largest US Foods facility in the country. Three hundred and twenty Teamster warehouse workers and drivers from Locals 202 and 282 have the right to honor the picket line by refusing to work. More than 2,500 Teamsters employed by US Foods have either gone out on strike or honored the picket lines at some point this month. Facebook.com/SyscoUSFworkers


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