• Today in Labor History
    Nov. 22, 1963: President John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Generally considered a friend of labor, Kennedy a year earlier had issued Executive Order 10988, which authorized unionization and a limited form of collective bargaining rights for most federal workers (excluding the Department of Defense). Many states followed the example set by Kennedy.
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    • Local and National News

      Teamsters Union claims big win vs. largest opioid distributor
      Nov. 22, 2017 | In what is a big win for shareholder activism, and in particular for Teamsters Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, stockholders in the nation’s largest opioid distributor, McKesson, voted down the firm’s compensation policies and ordered the board to split the positions of chairman and CEO. The twin moves punished current boss John Hammergren for his failure to halt the company’s role in the opioid scourge. “For the first time ever, shareholders voted to hold a company accountable for its role in the opioid epidemic,” said Hall, a West Virginian whose state has been hit notably hard by the plague. Hall also said the vote “should serve as a warning” to the nation’s other big drug distributors that their shareholders, too, want to hold corporate conduct accountable… Press Associates

      Fight for $15 just scored big in Maryland. We have unions to thank
      Nov. 16, 2017 | A law establishing a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Maryland’s Montgomery County was signed into law Monday. It’s a meaningful victory for the Fight for $15, the union-inspired campaign to raise wages nationally. Montgomery is the most populous county in the state, with a larger population than the nearby cities of Washington, D.C., or Baltimore. It’s also a bellwether for Maryland politics, where organizing has begun already ahead of the 2018 statewide elections, including organizing aimed at improving Maryland’s wage laws…Working In These Times 

      Teamsters denounce House passage of joint employer ruling rollback
      Nov. 9, 2017 | The Teamsters Union today denounced the passage of legislation (H.R. 3441) introduced by House Republicans that rolls back the 2015 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “joint employer” ruling in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc. (BFI). The decision ensured strong protections for millions of American workers by holding accountable employers that rely on temporary or contracted workers when those employers call the shots. The joint employer rule prevents companies from claiming they are not responsible for workers employed by agencies retained by the company… Teamsters

      Horseshoe Casino workers join Day of Action
      Oct. 16, 2017 | Workers from the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino will celebrate their first union contract with a rally and march this Thursday in Baltimore. Members of Teamsters Local 355, UNITE HERE, IATSE, UAW, and IUOE will rally at McKeldin Square to announce this great victory and then march to City Hall… D.C. Labor

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      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 July 24, 2017 | The pursuit of the Chicago-Sun Times was thwarted by a Department of Justice decision to prevent the owner of the Chicago Tribune from also owning the city’s second-largest daily newspaper. So what’s next for Tronc, the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing that also ons the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel? thestreet.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
      July 24, 2017 | The pursuit of the Chicago-Sun Times was thwarted by a Department of Justice decision to prevent the owner of the Chicago Tribune from also owning the city’s second-largest daily newspaper. So what’s next for Tronc, the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing that also ons the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel? thestreet.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


      Elsewhere in The News
      Nov. 21, 2017 | UNIONS | … It’s perhaps no surprise at all that many [millennials] – “people who weren’t political at all” - have come to look favorably upon unions. An annual Gallup poll conducted over the summer shows that adults in general support labor unions at 61 percent, the highest approval rating since 2009, when the poll found support for unions at an all-time low of 48%. A Pew Research poll conducted two years earlier shows that enthusiasm is largely driven by the 79 million millennials who currently dominate the workforce: 55 percent of 18 to 29 years olds, the poll found, approve of unions. “What our generation has lacked, and needs, is stability,” says Maggie Thompson, who calls herself an “old millennial” (she’s 32) and studies labor trends for the Center for American Progress. “Unions offer that prospect of stability...” Fast Company

        • The fight over paid leave is heating up in Congress.
        • 400 millionaires tell Congress not to cut their taxes.
        • Billionaire destroyed his newsrooms out of spite.
        • How the American dream turned into greed and inequality.
        • Can the Constitution save workers from forced arbitration?
        • Union workers targeted by an addiction treatment center.
        • How Labor can win under national ‘right-to-work’.
        • Republicans put union-busting lawyer in charge of enforcing labor law.


      Nov. 16, 2017 | TAXES | …The latest addition to the tax bill would repeal the $700 tax imposed on people who do not get health insurance through their employers, federal programs or the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Repeal of the “individual mandate” would raise some $338 billion over a decade, to help offset the $1.5 trillion in red ink the Republicans’ tax cut for the rich would produce, not counting interest on the deb...The combination brought the protesters against the tax cut to Capitol Hill, on the eve of the key House vote on the GOP scheme on November 16. And unions, including the Steelworkers, the Teamsters, the Communications Workers and the AFL-CIO, urged members to redouble their efforts by phone and e-mail against the legislation… People’s World

      Nov. 15, 2017 | WAR AGAINST WORKERS | In the last few months, Richard Trumka, president of the national AFL-CIO, resigned from a key Trump advisory board after Charlottesville; unions nationally are rallying with progressive Democrats to stop Trump's anti-union appointees to the National Labor Relations Board; graduate students at Harvard, Boston College and many universities are fighting to unionize; and Bernie Sanders has introduced a "Medicare for All" bill. This is the beginning of the "universalizing" resistance to the right wing seeking to destroy unions, end social protections, including the Affordable Care Act, and return to a Gilded Age plutocracy… Truth-Out

      Nov. 13, 2017 | LABOR LAW | The Senate has voted to confirm Peter Robb, management-side lawyer who helped decertify the air-traffic controllers union during its 1981 strike, as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. The 49-46 vote was on strict party lines… In 1981, he was the Reagan administration lawyer who litigated unfair-labor-practice charges against the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, enabling Reagan to fire more than 11,000 air-traffic controllers and break the union. “Let’s be clear about how Mr.Robb has chosen to spend his professional life: Helping management close plants and cut jobs, suing unions, delaying workers’ rights to collectively bargain, and defending companies that violate workplace safety and fair pay laws,” said Sen Gary Peters, D-Mich… Labor Press


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