• Today in Labor History
    Sept. 23, 2002: California Gov. Gray Davis (D) signs legislation making the state the first to offer workers paid family leave.
    General Membership Meetings
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    • Local and National News

      Today is #StopTPP call-in day: Make the call against this job-killing trade deal
      Sept. 14, 2016 | We urge all Teamsters to join in this action and flood Congress's phone lines today with calls to every lawmaker asking them to pledge their opposition to the TPP. The TransPacific Partnership is a 12-nation corporate power grab that will ship thousands of jobs overseas, lower wages in the U.S. and undermine laws that protect workers and the environment. Please call your senators and representatives now at 844-394-8431 – tell them to commit to standing firm against the TPP.

      The gamble of Tronc’s ‘just say no’ defense
      Sept. 13, 2016 | …The battle for Tronc is entering a surprising final stage as Gannett is rumored to have raised its bid. Gannett initially bid $12.25 a share in April, raising a furious and disdainful reaction from Michael W. Ferro Jr., Tronc’s chairman and largest shareholder, who paid $44 million, or $8.50 a share, for his initial 17 percent share in February… If Mr. Ferro’s goal in resisting was to push up Gannett’s price, then he is doing a masterly job… nytimes.com

      Yes, the news can survive the newspaper
      Sept. 7, 2016 | One day many decades hence, when your grandchildren ask you, "Grandma, what was a newspaper?" you can direct them back to Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. Because it may will go down as the day the American newspaper as we've known it moved out of intensive care and into the palliative wing on its way to the Great Beyond… nytimes.com

      Teamsters call for government intervention in LA ports crisis
      Sept. 6, 2016 | The bankruptcy of Hanjin, a major Korean shipper, is causing chaos at the Port of Los Angeles with dozens of ships and a half million cargo containers stranded at sea of the Port of Los Angeles. The livelihoods of many workers, from ship crews to workers who handle the cargo at the dock are threatened. Members of Congress, the Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission and labor leaders are calling on government action on the cargo delivery crisis… uslabornews.com

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      Feb. 23, 2016 | Tribune Publishing has parted ways with its CEO Jack Griffin, I've learned. In a fast-moving turn of events, unusually quick by corporate standards, newly minted Tribune Publishing board chairman Michael Ferro has orchestrated Griffin's ouster – and directed the choice of his successor, Justin Dearborn. capitalnewyork.com More at nytimes.com. Mar. 3, 2016  | Trif Alatzas publisher and editor-in-chief of The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday as part of a broader corporate reorganization designed to better capitalize on its journalism. The move to create editor/publisher roles, combining oversight of editorial and business operations at its newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, comes as Tribune Publishing’s newest investor seeks to turn around the company…. Alatzas, 49, is a Baltimore native who joined The Sun in 2002. baltimoresun.com Apr. 6, 2016  | …  Tribune Publishing said earlier this week that it was firing its auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and parting ways with its chief financial officer following disclosures in the past two years that the company had "material weaknesses" in its internal financial reporting … The ongoing trouble reflects poorly on management and the board's audit committee… chicagobusiness.com
      Feb. 23, 2016 | Tribune Publishing has parted ways with its CEO Jack Griffin, I've learned. In a fast-moving turn of events, unusually quick by corporate standards, newly minted Tribune Publishing board chairman Michael Ferro has orchestrated Griffin's ouster – and directed the choice of his successor, Justin Dearborn. capitalnewyork.com More at nytimes.com.
      Mar. 3, 2016  | Trif Alatzas publisher and editor-in-chief of The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday as part of a broader corporate reorganization designed to better capitalize on its journalism. The move to create editor/publisher roles, combining oversight of editorial and business operations at its newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, comes as Tribune Publishing’s newest investor seeks to turn around the company…. Alatzas, 49, is a Baltimore native who joined The Sun in 2002. baltimoresun.com
      Apr. 6, 2016  | …  Tribune Publishing said earlier this week that it was firing its auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and parting ways with its chief financial officer following disclosures in the past two years that the company had "material weaknesses" in its internal financial reporting … The ongoing trouble reflects poorly on management and the board's audit committee… chicagobusiness.com

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        • The many scandals of Donald Trump.
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        • Union Plus: Get a FREE iPhone 7 from [unionized] AT&T.


      Sept 23, 2016 | OPINION | Power comes in many forms, but for the working class it always boils down to the same fundamental ingredient: unbreakable solidarity. In my two decades of organizing across the United States, we almost always win when workers are in the driver's seat. We lose when we forgot about solidarity and think we might succeed with easier, less confrontational activities like lawsuits, policy mobilization, and cozying up to elected officials. Today's struggle for social change requires the same worker-focused strategies and methods that built enough power to achieve the amazing social and economic gains made by ordinary people from the 1930s through the 1960s… jacobinmag.com

      Sept. 22, 2016 | STRIKES | The National Labor Relations Board's top enforcement officer is proposing that companies must prove – not just state – that only by hiring permanent replacement workers can they keep going economically, after the firms force their own employees to strike. If enacted, such a policy would be a major advance for workers' use of strikes. Needless to say, the company involved, United Site Services of California, is screaming about NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin's stand, contained in a brief submitted to the full NLRB. And the union in the case, Teamsters Local 315, is cheering Griffin on and has filed its own supporting brief, too, laying out the case against the scabs. The case's outcome is important… teamster.org

      Sept 21, 2016 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Officials from 21 states on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming the Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers will place a heavy burden on state budgets. The rule, set to take effect Dec. 1, will require employers to pay overtime to salaried workers earning less than $47,500 a year, double the current threshold of $23,660. Business groups and Republican officials say the rule will force employers to demote salaried workers to hourly positions and create more part-time jobs … reuters.com

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        • Compare the U.S. Presidential candidates here.
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        • Why it matters: Issues at stake in election.
        • Teamsters applaud judge’s ruling to continue pipeline construction.
        • Tom Brady urges players to ‘stand together’ in CBA negotiations.
        • Moral Mondays goes national with protests in 30 state capitals.
        • If you’re a union member who might vote for Trump, consider this.



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