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    Jan. 18, 1978 "Take This Job and Shove It," by Johnny Paycheck, is listed by Billboard magazine as the most popular song in the U.S.
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      Cool labor book: ‘A People’s History of the United States’
      Jan. 3, 2017 | If your last serious read of American history was in high school – or even in a standard college course – you’ll want to read this amazing account of America as seen through the eyes of its working people, women and minorities. Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a widely respected historian, author, playwright, and social activist. In A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present, he turns history on its head with his carefully researched and dramatic recounting of America and its people – not just its bankers, industrialists, generals and politicians. This book will give you a whole new way of looking at and understanding the world around you. Order it at Union Communication Services.

      Merry Christmas!
      Dec. 23, 2016 | Teamster 888 will resume posting on Wednesday, January 3, 2017. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

      ‘Tis the season for labor organizing
      Dec. 15, 2016 | Efforts to unionize port truck drivers around the country have been met with resistance from private trucking companies, sometimes with the support of public servants. Last June, local police ran a group of organizers out of Port Wentworth for handing out leaflets outside of XPO Cartage, a subsidiary of XPO Logistics, the port’s largest trucking company with over 150 contract drivers. Three members of Teamsters Local 728 were charged with impeding traffic in a public roadway, though the incident took place on a dead end street… connectsavannah.com

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      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 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
      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
      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
      Jan. 18, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | General Motors says it will invest another one billion dollars in U.S. auto plants in 2017. That’s on top of the $2.9 billion in U.S. investments GM announced last year. United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada says the GM announcement emerged as a result of the 2015 collective bargaining agreement with the UAW. Estrada says the UAW is pleased about the additional investment and the union will work with GM to bring more product manufacturing to the U.S… laborradio.org

      Jan. 18, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | …For labor advocates, the concern about this approach is what happens to people in states that are less adamant about enforcement. While workers in states that have been active on these issues in the past will likely continue to be protected by their state agencies, states without established resources in place will have a harder time stepping up all the way…. “States can play a tremendously important role in combating wage these, but in other critical areas, like workplace safety and health or workers’ right to organize, states may have a harder time filling in the gap because they are often preempted by federal law from directly enforcing these laws”… theatlantic.com

      Jan. 17, 2017  | EDUCATION | Betsy DeVos, whose nomination for secretary of education will be reviewed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today, has never taught in a classroom. She’s never worked in a school administration, nor in a state education system, nor has she studied pedagogy. She’s never been to public school, and neither have her children. But DeVos has been deeply involved in education – as a lobbyist and philanthropist – since the early 19902, particularly in her home state, Michigan, where she pushed to expand charter schools and to implement a voucher system that would funnel public dollars to private schools… Her record is so extreme that her nomination has made some allies of the charter movement queasy, along with teachers’ unions and other public-school advocates… thenation.com  Why does this matter? Billionaire Betsy DeVos is actively hostile to public education.

      Jan. 16, 2017  | OPINION | Every year at this time, people across the United Stated celebrate D. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s many contributions to our country, and how he has shaped history. We lift up King the civil rights leader, Kind the moral crusader, King the brilliant orator, King the brave marcher, King the fearless activist. The list goes on. All of those attributes are, of course, important to offer, and they should happen every day, not just once a year, given the man’s extraordinary accomplishments. Yet at a time of extreme division and polarization, and when so many working people are struggling to survive, it’s worth remembering that King was also a labor leader – a charismatic champion of unionization as a force for economic justice …. nydailynews.com   Related – The Dark Side of “I Have a Dream”: The FBI’s war on Martin Luther King motherjones.com

      Jan. 16, 2017  | WAGES | Donald Trump ran for president as the billionaire who would champion working people. As the president-elect put it in one of the major economic speeches of his campaign: “Too many of our leaders have forgotten that it is their duty to protect the jobs, wages and well-being of American workers before any other consideration.” One of the first tests of Trump’s pledge to help workers will come to how his administration handles the complicated rules that govern who has the right to time-and-a-half overtime pay. Here’s how overtime works nowtruthdig.com


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