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
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