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    Nov. 14, 1978: 
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    • Local and National News

      Tribune Publishing reviewing bids for the company
      Nov. 7, 2018 | Tribune Publishing's board on Monday reviewed at least three bids to buy the newspaper company, sources said. Offers from newspaper chain McClatchy, investment firm Donerail and Aim Media were all on the table during the regularly scheduled board meeting in Chicago, sources said. The bids were submitted before a deadline last Thursday set by Chicago-based Tribune Publishing. Sources said Tribune Publishing is seeking between $17 and $20 per share, which would value the company at upward of $700 million. The stock closed at $16.60 on Monday.… Chicago Tribune

      Hoffa: Congress has no time to delay pension fix
      Nov. 7, 2018 | Election season is officially over. The bickering and back-biting of candidates will no longer fill the airwaves. For many of us, that brings a sense of relief. For members of Congress, it is time to get back to work. A top priority must be handling pension reform, which a joint committee was tasked with finding a solution for before Nov. 30. There is not a moment to waste… teamster.org

      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

      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.

      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

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      June 29, 2018 | After one of the most lampooned rebrandings of the digital era, Tronc is going to return to the name Tribune Publishing. An insider said that the name change for the parent company of the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News was awaiting the completion of Tronc’s spinoff of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and several other papers in its California Media Group to health tech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong… MarketWatch Sept. 17, 2018 | While it still requires some deal jiu-jitsu, Tronc looks to be on the brink of being broken up. Will Wyatt’s new Donerail Group, several confidential sources tell me, has now gotten the financing in place to do a deal to buy Tronc. Donerail would purchase Tronc’s 10 daily newspaper properties, take the company private, and then most likely sell the papers off to individual buyers — some of whom it already has lined up… Neiman Lab Sept. 17, 2018 | A second firm is in talks to potentially acquire Chicago-based newspaper chain Tronc. California-based newspaper chain McClatchy is in “early stage” discussions to buy Tronc, owner of the Chicago Tribune and other major newspapers, a source familiar with the negotiations said Friday. McClatchy, a publicly traded company, generated about $904 million in revenue last year, according to filings with the SEC… Chicago Tribune
      June 29, 2018 | After one of the most lampooned rebrandings of the digital era, Tronc is going to return to the name Tribune Publishing. An insider said that the name change for the parent company of the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News was awaiting the completion of Tronc’s spinoff of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and several other papers in its California Media Group to health tech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong… MarketWatch
      Sept. 17, 2018 | While it still requires some deal jiu-jitsu, Tronc looks to be on the brink of being broken up. Will Wyatt’s new Donerail Group, several confidential sources tell me, has now gotten the financing in place to do a deal to buy Tronc. Donerail would purchase Tronc’s 10 daily newspaper properties, take the company private, and then most likely sell the papers off to individual buyers — some of whom it already has lined up… Neiman Lab
      Sept. 17, 2018 | A second firm is in talks to potentially acquire Chicago-based newspaper chain Tronc. California-based newspaper chain McClatchy is in “early stage” discussions to buy Tronc, owner of the Chicago Tribune and other major newspapers, a source familiar with the negotiations said Friday. McClatchy, a publicly traded company, generated about $904 million in revenue last year, according to filings with the SEC… Chicago Tribune

      Elsewhere in The News
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        • NLRB staffers stage second protest against Trump board
        • Fairness triumph with passage of Florida amendment
        • Long lines to vote are a sign democracy isn’t working
        • Voters just gave nearly 1 million workers a raise in 2 red states
        • Election results are a victory for the concerns of working people
        • Confessions of a U.S. postal worker: “We deliver Amazon packages until we drop
        • Why Google employees walked out & what it could mean for the future of Labor


      Nov. 9, 2018 | POLITICAL ACTION | Led by Minnesota’s Tim Walz, some 743 unionists—and counting—won public office nationwide, from Congress down to county commissioner, the AFL-CIO calculates. Walz, a member of Education Minnesota, will be Minnesota’s governor, and organized labor’s highest-ranking elected official. Teamsters member candidates won four state House seats. Jeff Kurtz, (Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers-IBT) won an open Iowa House seat. So did Susan Martinez, now a Nevada state rep, but also a shop steward and 30-year Local 986 member at Las Vegas’s Flamingo Hotel, won there. Dave Delloso of Local 312 in Chester, Pa., and Steve Malagari of Local 830 in Philadelphia won open seats in the Pennsylvania House, even as it stayed Republican. “I want to go to Harrisburg and represent a class of people who are tired of being forgotten.” Peoples World

      November 7, 2018 | POLITICAL ACTION | On Tuesday night, in a strong rebuke to the anti-labor agendas of Wisconsin and Illinois’ Republican governors, voters elected Democrats to lead their states. Illinois’ new governor, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, won the race with 54 percent of the vote, while Wisconsin’s new governor, Tony Evers, won his contest, though final votes are still being tallied. Both ran on strong, clear messages of supporting unions and working families.  It would be hard to understate the damage to workers wrought by Scott Walker, elected during the Tea Party wave of 2010, and Bruce Rauner, elected in 2014… Working In These Times

      November 5, 2018 | ECONOMY | The question of how to define the middle class is one of the perennial mysteries of American social life. Most people say they’re "middle class," so how can we know what this really means? Every few years some intrepid social scientists venture a new definition. This September, the Brookings economist Richard Reeves and Katherine Guyot argued that the middle class is "the middle 60 percent of households on the income distribution" which represents $37,000-$147,000 for a three-person household. Downplaying the importance of education, they wrote that income is the most useful measure of class because it captures all of the other conditions that make a person middling, including consumption, education, and relative social standing; it is not only how much money individuals take home… The Atlantic

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        • XPO workers in NJ vote to join Local 107
        • New NLRB rule undermines American workers
        • The #MeToo movement’s roots in women workers’ rights
        • The informed voter’s guide to making sure your vote counts
        • UPS preparing for potential strike affecting freight customers
        • NLRB finds John Hopkins Hospital tried to deter nurses from unionizing
        • When workplace conditions put women’s pregnancies at risk
        • GM offers buyouts to 18,000 of 50,000 North American workers
        • Report: Ford prepares for mass layoffs after losing $1billion to Trump’s trade tariffs
        • Google gender pay gap lawsuit advances that could effect 8,000+ women


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