June 23, 1947: Congress overrides President Harry Truman's veto of the anti-worker Taft-Hartley Act. The law weakened unions and let states exempt themselves from union requirements. Twenty states immediately enacted open shop laws and more followed.
Gannett's new tactics to get Tribune Publishing to negotiate May 2, 2016| Gannett's push to get Tribune Publishing and its Board chairman Michael Ferro to the table to discuss a proposed buyout offer intensified this morning. Gannett said it has filed preliminary proxy materials with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing its intent to see "withhold" votes in connection with Tribune Publishing's annual meeting slated for June 2… Gannett also has submitted a request to get access to Tribune Publishing shareholder records to allow Gannett to communicate with them. bizjournals.com
Stand with CWA/IBEW strikers at Verizon May 5, 2016| On April 13, 2016, General President Jim Hoffa declared that the Teamsters stand united with the CWA and the IBEW’s strike against Verizon. Today he urges Teamster Local Unions and members to support our union brothers and sisters at Verizon. “It’s more important now than ever to show Teamster solidarity in standing up to corporate greed. We have our own battles with corporate giants like US Foods where multiple Teamster Local Unions are on Unfair Labor Practice strikes, and at a Supervalu-owned distributor that services Kroger stores in Colorado. By having a strong Teamster presence supporting CWA and IBEW and helping those unions win their battles, we will help our union win current and future battles against these corporate giants.” Sign the petition to “Stand with Striking Workers.”
Tribune Publishing adopts poison pill to stop Gannett bid May 9, 2016| Newspaper publisher Tribune Publishing Co said its board had adopted a shareholder rights plan – popularly known as a “poison pill” – in a bid to thwart Gannett Co. Inc’s unsolicited takeover offer… “Our board is unanimous that Gannett will not succeed with its current tactics and low ball price,” Tribune Chief Executive Justin Dearborn said in a statement on Monday. reuters.com
Tribune Publishing sends IT jobs overseas May 24, 2016| The firm, which owns the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore SUn, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant and many other media properties, told as many as 200 IT employees in early April that it's moving work to India-based Tata Consultancy Services. Computerworld
Is billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Tribune Publishing's white knight? May 25, 2016| Patrick Soon-Shiong has developed a reputation for big ideas…His most recent venture is a $70.5-million investment in newspaper group Tribune Publishing. That make's him the company's No. 2 shareholder and plunks him into the middle of the newspaper industry's liveliest takeover fight, a white knight in Tribune Publishing Chairman Michael Ferro's efforts to ward off Gannett Co... baltimoresun.com
Teamsters at largest USF facility in US honor picket lines May 26, 2016| Locals 355 and 570 extended their picket lines to Metro New York (Perth Amboy), the largest US Foods facility in the country. Three hundred and twenty Teamster warehouse workers and drivers from Locals 202 and 282 have the right to honor the picket line by refusing to work. More than 2,500 Teamsters employed by US Foods have either gone out on strike or honored the picket lines at some point this month. Facebook.com/SyscoUSFworkers