• Today in Labor History
    Aug. 18, 1927: Radio station WEVD, named for Eugene V. Debs, goes on the air in New York City, operated by The Forward Association as a memorial to the labor and socialist leader.
    General Membership Meetings
    Effective February, 2016, our union meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at the union hall, 6000 Erdman Ave. Baltimore, MD 21205. Start time is 6:30 p.m. Please be present and on time. (And bring a coworker.)
    • Local and National News

      Tronc: How Tribune Publishing's new name will shape its identity
      Aug. 4, 2016 | … this pivot by Tribune Publishing – now tronc – is to throw Gannett off its scent, to tell Gannett, "We don't need you to save us," even though the company is reportedly saddled with $350 million worth of debt. The new name and change in direction is meant to make the business sound as unattractive as possible to potential buyers. But don't expect Gannett to slink off with its tail between its legs… editorandpublisher.com

      Give blood, save a life at Local 570's blood drive, July 17
      July 13, 2016 | Our brothers and sisters over at Local 570 are sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive Sunday, July 17th, 10 am to 3:30 pm at their union hall – 6910 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224. Let's help out and do our part to prevent a summer shortage. To schedule your life-saving donation, visit redcross.org and enter sponsor code: teamsterblood. (More details here.) See you there!

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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

      Elsewhere in The News

      Aug. 18, 2016  | OPINION | …and that's the problem. One of the many questions to be decided in this election is the future of U.S. labor policy. Unions entered the race with high hopes, having recently made big gains. They had won rising support for the $15 minimum wage, reformed overtime rules and dodged a potentially devastating blow from the Supreme Court, which, had it not been for the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, undoubtedly would have crippled Labor's ability to collect fees from millions of public sector workers who benefit from union contracts. But any hope of translating such victories into a broad union revival hinges on the outcome of the election… washingtonpost.com


      Aug. 17, 2016  | WORKING FAMILIES | …It is in unions that a communal spirit wins out over a narrow self-interest. In unions, working people hone a sense of obligation to one another. In unions, working people build a fierce loyalty to a vision of a shared economy that honors and respects them, and where labor it treated with dignity. It is in the experience of union democracy that men and women shape their political visions. Unions are the place where the fundamentally conservative beliefs and the fundamentally radical orientations of working-class Americans can be integrated into a true and coherent populist politics that is neither conventionally left nor right… alternet.org

      Aug. 16, 2016 | WAGES | In dollar terms, what group of Americans steals the most from their fellow citizens each year? The answer might surprise you: It's employers, many of whom are committing what's known as wage theft. It's not just about underpaying workers. They're not paying workers what they're legally owned for the labor they put in. It takes different forms: not paying workers the federal, state, or local minimum wage; not paying them overtime; or just monkeying around with job titles to avoid regulations. … Research suggests American workers are getting screwed out of $20 billion to $50 billion annually… theweek.com

        • In labor vs. capital, labor is now winning.
        • American Olympians wear Made-in-America clothes.
        • A 'culture of fear' contributes to declining union membership.
        • Organized labor ready to challenge WV's right to work in court.
        • Trump Taj Mahal workers continue strike despite impending closure.
        • Baltimore City Council OKs $15 min. wage; final vote expected next week.
        • Must-see TV: John Oliver on why we're so ill-informed:


      Aug. 10, 2016  | OPINION | .. In times like these, it is more important than ever that we in the labor movement stand in solidarity with the entire community and do our part to advance the changes necessary to stop the senseless violence. We knew all too well that union members are not immune to these inequalities. We cannot continue to simply grapple with how to respond to tragic events; we need to put forth a bold agenda for justice for all workers… peoplesworld.org


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