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
McClatchy in talks to make deal for bid on Tronc Oct. 3, 2018 | McClatchy is in talks with its largest creditor on a debt-for-equity swap that would allow the publisher to make a bid for Tronc… If McClatchy, which owns the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee and 27 other smaller daily papers, succeeds in buying Tronc, the owner of the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and The Daily News, it would challenge USA Today owner Gannett to be the biggest newspaper chain in the country… NY Post
TeamsHERS on the job! Oct. 16, 2018 | Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast and hear how Teamster women are using union power to earn more, learn more and lead more on the job. Plus rocker Joan Jett tells women to stand up for themselves, even if it gives them a “Bad Reputation.” Listen here.
Now is the time for all Americans to come together against hatred and bias Oct. 31, 2018 | In a statement issued Tuesday about the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, General President Jim Hoffa said, “The Teamsters, like millions of other Americans of good will, were horrified by the senseless, hate-fueled shooting at a Pittsburgh temple this weekend that took the lives of 11 people merely trying to practice their faith as they have a constitutionally-protected right to so as U.S. citizens…” Continued