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    Today in Labor History
    May 19, 1950: A total of 31 dockworkers are killed, 350 workers and others are injured when four barges carrying 467 tons of ammunition blow up at South Amboy, N.J. They were loading mines that had been deemed unsafe by the Army and were being shipped to the Asian market for sale.
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    • Local and National News

      Sinclair Broadcast to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion
      May 10, 2017 |  Sinclair Broadcast Group moved Monday to cement its position as the nation’s largest broadcaster with a $3.9 billion agreement yo buy Tribune Media Co., a deal made possible by a recent FCC decision to relax station ownership rules. Tribune Media was created in 2014 when Tribune Co., then the parent of The Baltimore Sun, split its broadcasting and publishing divisions into separate, independent companies. Sinclair’s purchase of Tribune will not change Atapco’s impending purchase of The Sun’s office building on Mount Vernon, which is “on track…” baltimoresun.com

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      Mar. 14, 2017 | Newspaper publisher Tronc may close on an acquisition of the celebrity news magazine Us Weekly as soon as next week, paying over $100 million, according to sources familiar with the potential purchase. Representatives for Tronc and Us Weekly didn't return calls seeking comment, but the sources said it's still possible the parties may not reach agreement on final terms… chicagobusiness.com

      Dec. 6, 2016  | …The postelection uptick in support for journalism has not been limited to nonprofit media; the newspaper conglomerate Tronc Inc. (formerly Tribune Publishing) and The New York Times, among others, have reported thousands of new subscribers since the election. But for the growing number of nonprofit journalism organizations, the moment may provide the kind of opening they have needed to take on a much larger role for a field that continues to face significant financial challenges and sinking public trust… nytimes.com Nov. 1, 2016  | Gannett Co. has dropped its attempt to buy Tronc, Inc., ending a dramatic months-long pursuit by Gannett to extend its reach as the nation’s largest newspaper publisher amid a rocky revenue environment. The companies in private discussions had recently agreed on a purchase price of $18.75 a share in cash, according to people familiar with the matter…Tronc said the deal fell apart when Gannett couldn’t line up financing… wsj.com

      Mar. 14, 2017 | Newspaper publisher Tronc may close on an acquisition of the celebrity news magazine Us Weekly as soon as next week, paying over $100 million, according to sources familiar with the potential purchase. Representatives for Tronc and Us Weekly didn't return calls seeking comment, but the sources said it's still possible the parties may not reach agreement on final terms… chicagobusiness.com

      Dec. 6, 2016  | …The postelection uptick in support for journalism has not been limited to nonprofit media; the newspaper conglomerate Tronc Inc. (formerly Tribune Publishing) and The New York Times, among others, have reported thousands of new subscribers since the election. But for the growing number of nonprofit journalism organizations, the moment may provide the kind of opening they have needed to take on a much larger role for a field that continues to face significant financial challenges and sinking public trust… nytimes.com
      Nov. 1, 2016  | Gannett Co. has dropped its attempt to buy Tronc, Inc., ending a dramatic months-long pursuit by Gannett to extend its reach as the nation’s largest newspaper publisher amid a rocky revenue environment. The companies in private discussions had recently agreed on a purchase price of $18.75 a share in cash, according to people familiar with the matter…Tronc said the deal fell apart when Gannett couldn’t line up financing… wsj.com

      Elsewhere in The News
      May 19, 2017  | WAGES | Lawmakers who cozy up to corporate America love to sponsor legislation that to the uninitiated might sound like a good thing for workers, but in the end is just another pathway for big business to line their pockets with even higher profits. The Workplace Families and Flexibility Act of 2017, which passed the House earlier this month, is being touted by Republican supporters as one that would give workers more say in the workplace. But really it gives companies an out from paying workers overtime. While supporters claim that the legislation grants U.S. workers greater balance by giving them the flexibility to take comp time instead of overtime if they prefer, the reality is companies ultimately can decide to decline these time-off requests… teamster.org

      May 18, 2017 | COLLECTIVE BARGAINING | AT&T wireless and wireline workers said they’ll stage a three-day strike if the carrier doesn’t offer a fair proposal by Friday afternoon. Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) issued a deadline of 3 p.m. ET tomorrow for AT&T to present what they deem “serious proposals” to avoid a walkout over the weekend. The strike would include 21,000 AT&T Mobility workers and would mark the first time the carrier’s wireless workers held a strike. The CWA threatened the move could disrupt “a large number of retail stores” across the United States over the weekend... fiercewireless.com

      May 17, 2017 | HEALTH CARE | The nation’s two big retiree groups, the labor-backed Alliance for Retired Americans and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are gearing up to defeat Congress’ ruling Republicans’ health care bill. The Senate is now the battle scene. Unions are also trying to mobilize their members to stop the GOP legislation. They appear to be succeeding: Republicans who attempt to defend it out on the hustings are broadcasting mixed messages about their own measure to crowds of angry constituents in meetings – when they dare have them – that have stretched up to five hours… peoplesworld.org

      May 16, 2017 | PENSIONS | The Teamsters, and many other unions, held rallies across the nation [last] week in support of a bill introduced in the House and Senate that would guarantee that workers’ pensions are there when they need it. The new bill would restore the financial health of multi-employer pension plans, which are common in construction and other industries where workers are employed by many different contractors. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who also introduced the bill, said it could save the pensions of up to 10 million workers the multi-employer plans cover. Called Keep Our Pension Promises Act, Sanders introduced the measure last year as well. To show support for the measure, members of Minnesota Pension Rights and of the Teamsters – whose multi-employer Central States Pension Fund faces insolvency – organized a rally… peoplesworld.org

      May 15, 2017  | THE WAR ON WORKERS | … The working people who were crucial to Trump’s victory may not be impressed by more evidence that he’s a scoundrel. Most of them considered him a scoundrel when they voted for him. Their hope was that he might be their scoundrel, in contrast to the “corrupted politicians” and “failed political elite” that he railed against. Trump understands this. That’s why so many of his stunts and boasts – the Carrier deal to keep 800 jobs here, posturing over the North American Free Trade Agreement, claiming credit for new jobs stemming from corporate decisions made long before he was elected – are designed to be seen and loved by working people. But these stunts cover the reality: Trump is shafting the very working people who supported him. Consider these key measures… ourfuture.org


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