• 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 2017
    Posted On: Jun 19, 2017

    Sinclair Broadcast to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion 
    May 1o, 2017 |  Sinclair Broadcast Group moved Monday to cement its position as the nation’s largest broadcaster with a $3.9 billion agreement yo buy Tribune Media Co., a deal made possible by a recent FCC decision to relax station ownership rules. Tribune Media was created in 2014 when Tribune Co., then the parent of The Baltimore Sun, split its broadcasting and publishing divisions into separate, independent companies. Sinclair’s purchase of Tribune will not change Atapco’s impending purchase of The Sun’s office building on Mount Vernon, which is “on track…” baltimoresun.com

    Baltimore Sun headquarters sold to local developer
    May 25, 2017 |  Atapco brought the N. Calvert Street property for an undisclosed amount from Tribune Media, who retained ownership of all Tribune Publishing newspapers’ real estate after the newspapers were spun off into what’s now called Tronc. In 2014, Tribune Media sold the Port Covington parcel where the Sun’s printing plant still operated. That area is part of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s redevelopment plan. It’s unclear what the future holds for that building. ss for the Calvert Street property, the Sun has a lease that runs through June 2018, with an option to renew… wbal.com


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