Today in Labor History Oct. 21, 1933 In an attempt to raise the price of milk, Wisconsin dairy farmers begin the third major milk strike of the year in the state. During the Great Depression, farmers who produced milk for bottling were able to remain solvent, but those who produced milk for cheese, butter, and other uses were driven into poverty. ~ DC Labor
‘Save Our Sun’ campaign seeks sale of The Sun to local nonprofits June 5, 2020|The Washington-Baltimore News Guild and the NewsGuild-CWA launched in May a campaign to return The Baltimore Sun to local ownership under a non-profit model, reinvesting profit back into the paper that has been Maryland’s news source for 200 years. Efforts to find local buyers continue even in the face of a pandemic that threatens our lives and our economy. Alden Global Capital (also known as the “vampire hedge fund”) is set to assume majority ownership of The Sun. It “has a long history of systematically cutting the staff to the bone and selling off vital assets, all while pocketing the profits themselves.” Former Baltimore County Executive Ted Venetoulis said, “If a city loses its professional sports teams, it loses its spirit. If a city loses its newspapers, it loses its soul. We fight to keep our ball clubs. It’s time to fight to keep our newspaper.” Take some time to check out “SaveOurSun.”
Teamsters launch resources website for essential workers June 11, 2020|During this public health crisis, bosses aren’t keeping workers safe, the federal government isn’t keeping workers safe, workers are keeping each other safe. We see workers across the country coming together to make their workplace safer and improve work standards and we want all workers to know we’ve got your back… Visit us at solidarityisessential.org
Newspaper, magazine conference update June 18, 2020|Printing the news about the COVID-19 pandemic and providing CDC information on safety guidelines for the public has been an important part of what’s been carried in the news over recent months. Our brothers and sisters working as “essential” workers in the newspaper industry have diligently gone to work, worn protective gear and taken other precautions to stay safe and healthy on the job. I am proud that we are part of the news distribution system in the United States. But, our health is of utmost importance. I want to make sure that every one of our members which work the newspaper, magazine or with electronic media that are part of the Teamsters take special precautions… Read more here
Hoffa: Changes to guest worker programs will help protect U.S. livelihoods June 30, 2020|In a statement released yesterday about a White House effort to temporarily curtail guest worker programs during the current economic downturn, General President Hoffa said, “U.S. workers are facing a nearly unprecedented loss of jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. Given the current conditions, it only makes sense to prioritize the lives and the livelihoods of hardworking Americans and protect their wages…” Continue reading Hoffa’s statement here.