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
Schedule for nomination, election of 2021 IBT Convention delegate, alternate The Local 888 plan to nominate and elect one delegate and one alternate to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention to be held in June 2021 has been approved by the IBT Election Supervisor. The nominations will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 at 5 PM, Teamsters Local 888 Union Hall. Local 888's Plan Summary is available here. The Nominations Notice, including instructions for written nominations, seconds, acceptances and ballot voting, are available here.
Alden bids to acquire Baltimore Sun parent, Tribune Publishing Jan. 1, 2020 | Hedge fund Alden Global Capital has submitted a bid to acquire Tribune Publishing according to a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The deal is valued at $520 million. If successful, Alden would gain control of the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, the Orlando Sentinel and the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale among several large metros, and may sell off The Baltimore Sun. The offer was submitted to Tribune Publishing’s board Dec. 14… it hoped to move to a final agreement within two to three weeks. In its offer letter, Alden says that another investor, Maryland businessman Stewart Bainum Jr., has expressed an interest in buying “certain assets” of Tribune as part of a deal. That possibility is worth exploring, Alden says… The hedge fund, notorious for draconian job cuts and other expense cuts, already owns dozens of newspapers… Poynter
Teamsters Women’s Conference offering free webinars Jan. 5, 2020 | The Teamsters Women’s Conference is continuing to provide timely, topic-specific webinars they hope are helpful to you during this unusual and stressful time. While the webinars do not take the place of the in-person conference, it’s an opportunity to hear from experts in their fields regarding issues that affect all Teamster women. Check them out here.
Hoffa: Why Teamsters are hopeful for 2021 Jan. 6, 2020 | The new year often brings the feeling of a clean slate, and that need to clear the decks is even more necessary in 2021 given everything Americans experienced during the previous 12 months. Words truly fail to describe the depths to which 2020 brought us. Of course, there was (and still is) the coronavirus, as well as a bitterly divisive presidential election. Millions of hardworking Americans lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and many still haven’t gotten them back. By the time the holiday season arrived, a lot of people were just ready for a long nap, hoping they would reawaken in a world that seemed normal again. Well, normalcy might not be here yet, but… Continue reading here.
2021 International Convention to be conducted virtually Jan. 7, 2020 | In a memo issued yesterday, General President Jim Hoffa and General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall announced, “It is with regret that we advise that the General Executive Board has determined that the pandemic will prevent the International Union from conducting the International Convention in-person… While we are hopeful that the new vaccines will be distributed and administered to much of the public before June, we cannot put delegates and convention planners at risk.” Read the entire memo here.
Union denounces assault on democracy, murder of U.S. Capitol police officer Jan. 11, 2020 | The International Brotherhood of Teamsters join our brothers and sisters across the labor movement in condemning the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and decrying the murder of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Officer Sicknick was a member of the U.S. Capitol Police Labor Committee. “This past week we witnessed an unprecedented assault on our democracy, as a mob of extremists stormed the sacred halls of the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to thwart the will of the people and prevent the certification of the Presidential election… Continue reading here.