Today in Labor History Dec. 4, 1943 President Roosevelt announces the end of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), concluding the four-year run of one of the American government's most ambitious public works programs. It helped create jobs for roughly 8.5 million people during the Great Depression and left a legacy of highways and public buildings, among other public gains. ~ DC Labor
Baltimore Locals 355 and 570 strike at US Foods facility in Severn, Md. Apr. 28, 2016| At 2pm yesterday, Teamster members of U.S. Foods in Severn, Md., walked off the job and commenced an unfair labor strike against the Company. The dispute centers around the Company's failure to bargain in good faith, its use of out-of-state and non-bargaining unit employees to perform work normally performed by the Teamsters, and the Company's attempt to deal directly with its employees concerning effects bargaining. US Foods employs approximately 190 Teamsters in both the warehouse and delivery operations. More at teamsters355.com and team570.org.
Gannett offers $815 million to buy Tribune Publishing Apr. 28, 2016| Gannett Co., which owns USA TODAY and more than 100 other media properties across the country, said Monday it offered to buy Tribune Publishing, it's second big expansion move since spinning off from its former parent less than a year ago. Besides USA TODAY, Gannett owns 107 local news organizations, including the Detroit Free Press, Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Arizona Republic. usatoday.comRelated: Here's what Gannett would do with Tribune's major newspapers.