• Today in Labor History
    Nov. 24, 1947
    The US House of Representatives found ten Hollywood writers and directors in contempt for their alleged ties to Communism. Each of the ten was fined $1,000, sentenced to a year in prison, and blacklisted from working in Hollywood..
    ~ DC Labor

  • JULY 2020
    Updated On: Aug 18, 2020

    Tribune Publishing journalists launch campaign seeking new ownership
    July 14, 2020 
    | NewsGuild journalists representing 10 Tribune Publishing Co. publications across the country have launched a collective campaign to return these institutions to local ownership. In a sweeping vote of no confidence in Tribune’s current leadership, NewsGuild members at publications including The Capital Gazette, The Chicago Tribune, The Hartford Courant, The Morning Call, The Orlando Sentinel, The Virginian-Pilot and more are seeking local investors who recognize that local newspapers are vital community institutions. These campaigns will run parallel to The Baltimore Sun Guild’s Save Our Sun campaign... “These cities will be better served by local ownership, including not-for-profit models, who share our vision of serving our communities with a vibrant newspaper,” said Phil Davis, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun and a NewsGuild steward. “We hope to build a future in which profits are reinvested back into the newsroom.” The campaigns build on a foundation laid by the Baltimore-Washington News Guild. In Baltimore, the Abell Foundation, the Goldseker Foundation and Ted Venetoulis, a former Baltimore County executive, have stepped forward to express interest in buying the paper. Within three weeks, more than 6,000 people including a broad range of community leaders signed onto the campaign to help Save Our Sun… Learn more here

    Photo: The Sun Building, 1317 F Street NW, is the oldest skyscraper in Washington, D.C. Since it’s inception in 1837, The Baltimore Sun kept a correspondent in Washington. In 1872, it started a Washington bureau based at 1418 F Street NW. The newspaper’s founder, Arunah Shepardson Abell, built The Sun Building in the 1880s.

    Posted: Notice of election plan for the nomination and election of convention delegates
    July 6, 2020 
    | The Local's election plan to nominate and elect delegates to the IBT Convention to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in June of 2021 was submitted to the Election Supervisor on June 26, 2020. Please review it here.

    Tribune Publishing journalists launch campaign seeking new ownership 
    July 14, 2020 
    | NewsGuild journalists representing 10 Tribune Publishing Co. publications across the country have launched a collective campaign to return these institutions to local ownership. In a sweeping vote of no confidence in Tribune’s current leadership, NewsGuild members at publications including The Capital Gazette, The Chicago Tribune, The Hartford Courant, The Morning Call, The Orlando Sentinel, The Virginian-Pilot and more are seeking local investors who recognize that local newspapers are vital community institutions. These campaigns will run parallel to The Baltimore Sun Guild’s Save Our Sun campaign… Read more here.

    Hoffa on passing of Congressman John Lewis
    July 20, 2020 
    | “Last night, our country lost a lion of the civil rights movement and a national force for good. As Teamsters, we are devastated to learn of the passing of Congressman John Lewis. “John Lewis dedicated his life to causes that were bigger than himself. For more than 60 years, his courageous leadership gave hope to the entire nation, reminding us all to be better. “More than anything, John Lewis was a fighter… Continue reading here

    Teamsters across the country strike for Black lives
    July 21, 2020 
    | Workers with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters joined other major national labor organizations, leading racial and social justice groups, and activists in the national Strike for Black Lives. Hundreds of Teamsters across the U.S., joined by thousands more who walked off of their jobs for eight minutes and 46 seconds in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other Black people who are victims of police violence. “The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was founded on the principle of winning justice for all workers, and that cannot happen unless we dismantle racism and racist systems that continue to hold Black workers back,” said Marcus King, Director of the Human Rights and Diversity Commission at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Read the full press release hereRelated: Workers in 25 cities held a short strike to protest systemic racism in society and the economy.

    Notices: Nominations for delegates/alternates to IBT 2021 convention
    July 30, 2020 
    | Elections for our International Officers and Executive Board will be held in 2021. On June 26, 2020, we submitted to the Office of the Election Supervisor as required by the Constitution our Election Plan (view it here) for this Local Union’s nominations for the election of delegates and alternate delegates to the IBT Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, in June of 2021. We have received approval for our Election Plan; you can read the rules for nominations here. The nomination meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at 5 pm at the Local Union office. We’ll send reminders as that time draws near.

    What you need to know about Maryland’s mask mandate
    July 31, 2020 
    | Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order Wednesday expanding mask-wearing restrictions, mandating that everyone older than 5 must wear masks inside all public buildings, including restaurants, houses of worship, gyms, casinos, stores and office buildings starting Friday at 5 p.m. Masks also will now be required outdoors whenever it is not possible to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others. Learn more here.


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