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
Teamsters call for government intervention in LA ports crisis Sept. 6, 2016| The bankruptcy of Hanjin, a major Korean shipper, is causing chaos at the Port of Los Angeles with dozens of ships and a half million cargo containers stranded at sea of the Port of Los Angeles. The livelihoods of many workers, from ship crews to workers who handle the cargo at the dock are threatened. Members of Congress, the Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission and labor leaders are calling on government action on the cargo delivery crisis… uslabornews.com
Yes, the news can survive the newspaper Sept. 7, 2016| One day many decades hence, when your grandchildren ask you, "Grandma, what was a newspaper?" you can direct them back to Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. Because it may will go down as the day the American newspaper as we've known it moved out of intensive care and into the palliative wing on its way to the Great Beyond… nytimes.com
The gamble of Tronc’s ‘just say no’ defense Sept. 13, 2016| …The battle for Tronc is entering a surprising final stage as Gannett is rumored to have raised its bid. Gannett initially bid $12.25 a share in April, raising a furious and disdainful reaction from Michael W. Ferro Jr., Tronc’s chairman and largest shareholder, who paid $44 million, or $8.50 a share, for his initial 17 percent share in February… If Mr. Ferro’s goal in resisting was to push up Gannett’s price, then he is doing a masterly job… nytimes.com
Today is #StopTPP call-in day: Make the call against this job-killing trade deal Sept. 14, 2016| We urge all Teamsters to join in this action and flood Congress's phone lines today with calls to every lawmaker asking them to pledge their opposition to the TPP. The TransPacific Partnership is a 12-nation corporate power grab that will ship thousands of jobs overseas, lower wages in the U.S. and undermine laws that protect workers and the environment. Please call your senators and representatives now at 844-394-8431 – tell them to commit to standing firm against the TPP.
Teamster women take over Hollywood... Sept. 28, 2016| Hundreds of Teamster women marched through the streets of Hollywood, California on Friday, Sept. 23, in support of University of California (UC) Teamsters [Local 2010], and their fight for better wages. Teamsters attending the union’s annual women’s conference joined the rally where they called on the UC system to deliver a fair contract… peoplesworld.org