Today in Labor History July 27, 1919 Coal miner and labor leader Albert Ginger Goodwin is shot and killed by Canadian police. Although he had been ruled unfit for military service during World War I because he had lung disease, the conscription board reversed its decision just days after Goodwin led smelter workers on strike for the eight-hour day. Opposed to the war, Goodwin fled and for months avoided capture by the authorities. His death inspired Canada's first general strike on August 2 in Vancouver. ~Today in Labor History
‘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.