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
Chairman puts his brand on Tribune Publishing to stave off Gannett June 3, 2016| In March, Chicago Magazine named Michael W. Ferro Jr. No. 49 of the city’s 50 biggest movers and shakers, writing, “For better or worse, the fate of print journalism in this town rests largely in his hands.” … He is also changing the company’s name to tronc (with a lowercase t), which stands for Tribune online content. And he moved its stock listing to the Nasdaq to make it seem more like a dot-com-era start-up instead of the celebrated newspaper conglomerate that owns The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune. ...Now Mr. Ferro, 49, who is frequently compared by people who know him with the other brash businessmen Donald J. Trump and Sam Zell, will get the chance to prove his assertion that big plans to remake Tribune will turn it into a far more valuable company than Gannett’s offer pegged it at... nytimes.com Related – Stop the presses: tronc if you love Ferro
Gannett says it is determined to woo Tribune Publishing June 8, 2016| Gannett made one thing clear on Tuesday: It will not walk away from its unsolicited offer to acquire the Tribune Publishing Company before summer's end. Tribune Publishing has already rejected both of Gannett's offers the latest at a 99 percent premium to the price of Tribune Publishing's shares in April before news of a potential bid surfaced… nytimes.com
US Foods and one of two Teamster locals reach agreement over warehouse closure June 10, 2016| US Foods and at a Severn distribution center have reached an agreement over the planned closure of the facility, the company said Thursday. Members of Local 570 ratified the agreement Wednesday night, the company said in a statement… Denis Taylor, president of Teamsters Local 355, said Thursday that US Foods drivers represented by that local have not reached an agreement with the company and continue to picket. "We're still hoping to reach an agreement," Taylor said. baltimoresun.comNote: The fight with US Foods in Baltimore and elsewhere is not over. Local 355's strike line remains in place, and other strategic actions will continue until US Foods comes to a fair and just agreement with the drivers' union.
Tribune Publishing is now ‘tronc’ June 20, 2016| Tribune Publishing became 'trounce' yesterday, a name that still has most media observers giggling. I mean, really? tronc? Actually, there have been similarly bad names that went on to become household brands. Think Google or Yahoo, for instance. But the renaming of Tribune Publishing is not the only thing going on at the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun… talkingnewmedia.comRelated:A tronc is born.
Talk political power, global solidarity dominates at International Convention June 29, 2016| Politics and policy were front and center during the first day of the Teamsters 29th International Convention in Las Vegas as thousands of Teamsters lauded the union’s support for a platform that calls for more infrastructure investment and election contributions by members while calling out lawmakers who would ship jobs overseas or hamper collective bargaining. Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa told attendees the last five years have been a time of success for the union. The second day focused on global solidarity and building worker power through organizing in key industries, and covered a number of priorities for workers. Delegates also passed resolutions yesterday on executive pay/Capital Strategies; freight organizing; warehouse organizing; and port organizing. Nominations took place for At Large Vice Presidents and Trustees.. More at teamsters.org