Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Heavens Newest Angels..........

Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (age 6)

Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (age 7)

Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (age 6)

Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (age 7)

Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (age 6)

Dylan Hockley, 03/08/06, male (age 6)

Madeleine F. Hsu, 07/10/06, female (age 6)

Catherine V. Hubbard, 06/08/06, female (age 6)

Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (age 7)

 Jesse Lewis, 06/30/06, male (age 6)

 James Mattioli, 03/22/06, male (age 6)

 Grace McDonnell, 11/04/05, female (age 7)

 Emilie Parker, 05/12/06, female (age 6)

 Jack Pinto, 05/06/06, male (age 6)

Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (age 6)

Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (age 7)

Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (age 6)

Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (age 7)

Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (age 6)

Dylan Hockley, 03/08/06, male (age 6)

Madeleine F. Hsu, 07/10/06, female (age 6)

Catherine V. Hubbard, 06/08/06, female (age 6)

Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (age 7)

Jesse Lewis, 06/30/06, male (age 6)

James Mattioli, 03/22/06, male (age 6)

Grace McDonnell, 11/04/05, female (age 7)

Emilie Parker, 05/12/06, female (age 6)

Jack Pinto, 05/06/06, male (age 6)

Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (age 6)

Caroline Previdi, 09/07/06, female (age 6)

Jessica Rekos, 05/10/06, female (age 6)

Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (age 6)

Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (age 6)

Allison N. Wyatt, 07/03/06, female (age 6)

Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (age 6)

Caroline Previdi, 09/07/06, female (age 6)

Jessica Rekos, 05/10/06, female (age 6)

Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (age 6)

Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (age 6)

Allison N. Wyatt, 07/03/06, female (age 6)

Love and Cherish the little ones.................................

Los Angeles Times Pressmens 20 Year Club: Eddie Santos Rest In Peace

Los Angeles Times Pressmens 20 Year Club: Eddie Santos Rest In Peace

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Have you contacted your Representatives?

Dear Mr. Pineda,

Thank you for contacting me regarding Social Security. I value your views, and enjoy hearing from from you.
Social Security’s solvency is of the utmost importance and privatization is 
not the answer.  
Seniors have worked hard to earn their Social Security benefits and have 
a right to a secure retirement.
Social Security and Medicare are not handouts; they are benefits that American workers deserve. 

You can be sure that I will continue to oppose attempts to privatize Social Security. 
Congress should pay back the Trust Fund through fiscally responsible budgeting and work on a 
bipartisan basis to strengthen Social Security without ballooning the deficit, harming the middle class, 
or cutting guaranteed benefits.
I am the proud sponsor of legislation that will strengthen Social Security by eliminating the millions of 
dollars in insurance company fraud perpetrated on the system annually. 
This legislation would also reduce the workload at local offices.
Know that I will continue to be a strong voice for a sound Social Security system.
                         Rep.  Linda T. S├ínchez

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks to All!

Happy Thanksgiving to All from the Officers and Members of GCC/IBT LOCAL 140-N

In Solidarity!
God Bless!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I'm Standing With Hostess Workers, Will You?

Wall street vultures are blaming workers for getting rid of your sweets-and that's just not right.

What's happening here is a classic Bain Capital-style assault-blame the little guy to cover the greedy corporate policies that are gutting the middle class.

It's not just happening to the workers who make the great products Americans love. What's happening at Hostess is happening to workers all over this country. It's wrong. And it has to stop.

Hostess workers believe in their company, and we need to stand with them -- sign our pledge to support workers, not greedy CEOs who will cut and run for a quick buck.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

General Meeting Reminder

GCC/IBT Local 140-N will be holding it's year end meeting on Monday, November 19, 2102 at 2:00 pm at our Hall located at 750 Stanford Ave. Los Angeles Ca. 90021. Parking is around the corner, in back, follow the signs.

On hand will be Attorneys specializing in Labor, Workers Compensation and FMLA to deliver presentations regarding their areas of legal expertise and following our meeting, to answer your questions.

Mr. Larry Mitchell from the Interlocal Pension Fund will also be in attendance to share information on the Fund and hopefully inspire the remaining members to invest. There is no other plan like it in the world and we are the only organization offering such a diverse and safe investment exclusive of any employer money! That is why our plan did not suffer as did most Retirement Funds because WE control the fund, NOT the employer!

With the approval of the IRS, the Interlocal Pension Fund is now available for investing to our Teamster Brothers and Sisters. That simply means, there is an influx of new money being invested in the fund and that insures its longevity for when you retire. Not in, get in!

There are many topics to discuss, like Dues restructuring, a fair amount for everyone, Grievance and Arbitration, what cases are pending and whats being done. Vacant Board Positions, this is your Local, get involved! etc. These subjects and more will all be covered at this meeting so don't miss it!

Apprentices and Part-timers are invited to attend! 


Tuesday, November 06, 2012



Saturday, November 03, 2012

Meeting Reminder!

Don't forget to join our brothers and sisters from Teamsters Local 572 in Monrovia tomorrow morning. Interlocal Pension Fund Chairman, John Agonbroad will present an update on the Pension plan. The meeting will be at 10:00am and Continental Breakfast at 9:00am.

Former  GCC/IBT Local 404 on Duarte Ave. in Monrovia is the location.

If you participate in the ILPF you should make an effort to be in attendance.  See you in the morning!

President Pineda

Thursday, November 01, 2012


"He, therefore, who is now against domestic manufacture, must be for reducing us either to dependence on that foreign nation, or to be clothed in skins, and to live like wild beasts in dens and caverns. I am not one of these; experience has taught me that manufactures are now as necessary to our independence as to our comfort; and if those who quote me as of a different opinion, will keep pace with me in purchasing nothing foreign where an equivalent of domestic fabric can be obtained, without regard to difference of price, it will not be our fault if we do not soon have a supply at home equal to our demand, and wrest that weapon of distress from the hand which has wielded it."

 The Letters of Thomas Jefferson: 1743-1826. To Benjamin Austin Monticello, January 9, 1816
"Thanks Brother Laird"




Friday, October 26, 2012

2012 California Proposition Interactive Guide

Thanks Cuz!

Read the TRUTH about The Rich's Deceptive Prop 32

We, as Americans, cannot allow the Rich to influence Politics in order to control the Unions. This Proposition is not the protection it is being presented as, it directly attacks Unions and the members rights to contribute to Politicians that actually work for the average American Worker. The Millionaires and Billionaires that are behind this Proposition are attempting to control the votes.They are directly behind this proposition that places no restrictions on themselves from spending unlimited amounts of money on campaigns that favor their interests at all of our expense! And by that, I mean financial expense!

THE TRUTH: Legally, Unions nor Corporations cannot take money from your paycheck,
  for any reason, even without Proposition 32, THAT WOULD BE STEALING AND IS AGAINST THE LAW. This security already exists and protects your paycheck from anyone taking from your wages without your WRITTEN PERMISSION or it is THEFT.

No On 32,
Ronnie Pineda
GCC/IBT Local 140-N

Here's a sampling of statewide newspapers that have endorsed 'No on Proposition 32':

LA Times: "No on Proposition 32: It purports to take aim at special interests in politics but in reality targets unions"
Sacramento Bee editorial: "Prop 32 power play deserves a 'no' vote"
Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune (Bay Area News Group) editorial: "Proposition 32 is deceptive and should be rejected"
San Franclsco Chronicle editorial: "Prop. 32 an unbalanced 'reform' plan"
Ventura County Star editorial: "Prop. 32 a sham, deserves to lose in Nov. 6 election"
San Jose Mercury News editorial: "Deceptive Prop. 32 would worsen campaign finance mess"
La Opinion editorial: "No en la Proposici├│n 32

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Notice to all Members

To all Members ,
Please do not use Company property for Union business .                         

             (Copiers, Fax, telephones ,ect.)  

   Thank you .                                        
                    C. Reney  VP.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

James Hoffa Jr. on MSNBC's Ed Show live from Local 630

General President Hoffa will be on the Ed Show Live from Local 630 tomorrow at 4:00 pm.
Come and join the crowd and be a part of the live TV show. General President Hoffa will be discussing the upcoming Presidential elections including NO on Prop 32 on November's ballot.
See you all tomorrow!

In Solidarity!
President Pineda

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

No On Prop 32 TV Ad

Ronnie --

When he thought the cameras were off, this is what Mitt Romney told a group of wealthy donors he really thinks about half of America:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what.All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what...These are people who pay no income tax...

"My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Think about that for a second. A man who is running for president of the United States thinks that half of all Americans aren't worth his effort or time -- that they see themselves as victims, and don't take responsibility for their lives.
click here for youtube video)

Putting aside the factual inaccuracies in that statement, think about how badly he's misjudged the character of this nation. This man should not be president.

Pitch in $5 or more today to help us fight.

This is the kind of mentality that President Obama and Democrats across the country are up against. We believe that every American deserves a fair shot -- no matter where they come from or who their parents are.

And you know what? It is the job of the president to worry about every American, no matter whether they voted for him or not.

I can't stomach the thought of Mitt Romney and Republicans who think like he does winning in 49 days. But we've got a tough road ahead of us, and we need your help to fight back.

Donate $5 or more today to give President Obama and Democrats the resources they need to win on Election Day:




Patrick Gaspard
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

Friday, September 07, 2012

Teamster Local 572 will be holding it's Annual Meeting and has invited GCC/IBT Local 140-N members to attend. Interlocal Pension Fund Chairman, John Agenbroad will give a presentation on the Fund. If you participate in the ILPF I encourage you to attend. All the details are included in the flyer below.
Thanks, Brother Doug Brown
572 Annual Meeting Notice

Monday, September 03, 2012

Know your rights ! DISCIPLINE



NLRA – Section 7:

"Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid and protection"

NLRB v. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251 (1975):

The employer violated [Section] 8 (a) (1) of the National Labor Relations Act because it interfered with, restrained, and coerced the individual right of an employee, protected by [Section] 7, "to engage in … concerted activities for … mutual aid or protection," when it denied the employee's request for the presence of her union representative at the investigatory interview that the employee reasonably believed would result in disciplinary action.
Weingarten Rights. Most union members have heard this term. Many shop stewards have the right to protect their members because of it. But what is the origin of these rights? What lies behind one of the most significant labor law rulings in recent history? For thirty years, Weingarten has been an often-used word in the vocabulary of union advocates.

Here is the story:

J. Weingarten, Inc. operated a large chain of convenient stores, several of which allowed customers to purchase packaged meals. In June 1972, Ms. Leura Collins, a lunch-counter clerk at Store No. 98 in Houston, Texas, was called into the manager's office and interrogated by her manager and a loss prevention investigator employed by the store. Unknown to Ms. Collins, this investigator had been observing her for the past two days on the basis of a report that she was stealing from the register. Although this particular investigation uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing on Ms. Collins' part, another manager learned (from a coworker) that she "had purchased a [$2.98] box of chicken … but had placed only $1.00 in the cash register."
During the interview, Ms. Collins, a member of Retail Clerks Local Union No. 455, requested several times that her steward or another union representative be present. When questioned about the chicken, Ms. Collins replied that she only took a dollar's worth, but was forced to use a large-size box since the small ones were not available. The investigator went to confirm this; upon his return he "told Collins that her explanation had checked out [and] that he was sorry if he had inconvenienced her, and that the matter was closed."
It was at this point that Ms. Collins finally broke down, exclaiming that the only thing the company ever gave her was a free lunch. Hearing this, the manager and the investigator were surprised, since Store No. 98 had no such policy. Once again Ms. Collins was interrogated, once again she requested representation and once again it was denied. The investigator then asked her to sign a statement that claimed she owed the company $160 for those "free" lunches. She refused. In Store No.2, where she had previously worked [1961-1970], free lunches were policy. It was later learned that other J. Weingarten employees, including the manager, took "free" lunches, since the company had no official policy that forbade it, a fact confirmed to the investigator who then ended the interview.
Upon leaving, Ms. Collins was asked by the manager "not to discuss the matter with anyone because he considered it a private matter between her and the company [and] of no concern to others." However, Ms. Collins reported this incident to her union and an unfair labor charge was filed.

The Purpose

One vital function of the steward is to prevent an employer from coercing or intimidating employees into confessing misconduct, especially in situations where the supervisor (or any other employer representative) engages in interrogatory techniques.
The NLRA protects union concerted activities, which includes a member's right to request union representation during investigatory interviews. This right was recognized in 1975 with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in NLRB v. J. Weingarten. (420 U.S. 251)* and became known as a member's Weingarten Right.
*Note: This opinion was delivered by Justice William Brennan and was joined by Justices Douglas, White, Marshall, Blackmun and Rehnquist [the current Chief Justice]. The dissenting opinion was filed by Chief Justice Warren Burger and joined by Justice Powell.
A lone employee, confronted by the employer's investigation and the possibility of discipline, may be either too afraid to face accusations, too inarticulate to accurately explain, or simply to uniformed to raise extenuating factors. A knowledgeable union representative could assist this employee by drawing out favorable facts or applicable mitigating circumstances.
A tangible knowledge of Weingarten is vital, since it allows the steward to:
  • Serve as a (non-silent) witness to this interview
  • Contradict a supervisor's possibly false account of said interview
  • Prevent intimidating tactics or confusing questions by supervisor
  • Prevent the member from making self-incriminating statements or admissions
  • Advise the member, under certain circumstances, to deny everything
  • Warn the member about losing his or her temper
  • Discourage the member from informing on others, i.e., co-workers
  • Identify any extenuating or mitigating factors that could benefit the member

The Investigatory Interview

Weingarten Rights can be invoked ONLY in an investigatory interview, which occurs when:
  • Employer Representatives (Supervisor, Manager, et. al.) question an employee about specific conduct or to obtain information that could be used as a basis for discipline.
  • As a result of the above, the employee has a reasonable belief that the interview could result in discipline or some other adverse consequence. Example: an employee being questioned about an accident would be justified in fearing that he or she might be blamed. 
Of course, not every interaction between employee and supervisor is an investigatory interview; for example, a supervisor speaking to a subordinate about a particular job performance. While the supervisor may no doubt question the worker about his or her performance, the likelihood of discipline is not the issue. Both parties are merely engaged in a work-related conversation – there is no investigation.
However, this workshop conversation could suddenly acquire an entirely different demeanor should the supervisor becomes hostile or the questioning turns into suspicion. In this case, any employee may become fearful; at this point would require union representation.
Yet, when a supervisor (or any agent of the employer) calls an employee into the office to warn, reprimand or impose discipline already decided, this is not – according to the NLRB* – an investigatory interview, since employee conduct is not being questioned, but rather has been observed and is being acted upon.
* Baton Rouge Water Works, 246 NLRB 995 (1979)

Educating Members

Unlike Miranda, another landmark Supreme Court case, Weingarten does not require notice at the time of questioning – or, in this case, an investigatory interview. This means that the Employer is not required to inform the employee that he or she has a right to Union representation. For the union and the steward, this means educating their membership by explaining these rights. Many local union contracts contain Weingarten in their language, such as this example:
The employer recognizes the employee's right to be given representation by a steward, or a designated alternate, at any investigatory interview. The employer will remind the employee of this right at the time that the employer requests the investigatory interview.
Many local unions provide their members with wallet-sized cards that read:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative, officer, or steward be present at this meeting. Until my representative arrives, I choose not to participate in this discussion.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Local Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As result of recent Elections and Officer Resignations, until further notice, this is the new, and current Local 140-N Executive Board:

President, Ron Pineda
Executive Vice President, Charles (Chuck) Reney
Secretary Treasurer, Timothy Robinson
Recording Secretary, Edward Padgett
Shop Steward, Richard Olmeda

Also, we will no longer be using the address of 25852 McBean Parkway, Unit 316, Valencia, Ca. 91355
for Union business. The new, temporary mailing address 11432 Rose Hedge Dr. Whittier, Ca. 90606

Once our office is established at Teamster Local 630, we will move all of our Local operations to that location and use that address for all business affairs.

In Solidarity,
Ronnie Pineda,

Sunday, August 19, 2012


                                                 HOPE YOU DID'NT FORGET! 


Teamster Local 630
750 Stanford Ave. Los Angeles
West of the Olympic Plant, between 7th St.and 8th St.

Take ownership of your Local and participate.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Smart Ride Agreement

The Company and the Union reached an agreement today regarding an Unfair Labor Practice charge that was filed against the Company by the Union. The Union Charged the Company with failing to collectively bargain the discontinuance of our bargaining unit's participation in the "Smart Ride" Commuter Program.

 Company Attorney, Amy Foran and I reached an agreement today regarding the Board Charge and the Union will withdraw the Unfair Labor Practice Charge based on the agreed terms stated as follows:

  1. Eligible GCC represented employees may participate in the “Smart Ride” program to the same extent eligible non-union employees participate in the program 2. The program may be changed or eliminated by the Company, provided that such changes or elimination apply to both GCC represented and non-union employees 3. To obtain point credits, eligible GCC represented employees may resubmit their Monthly Ride Share Report forms for May and June, 2012

 This is essentially what is referred to in "Union Speak" as a "Me Too" clause as described in number 2 of the agreed terms.

I hope this did not inconvenience anyone for too long and encourage everyone to take advantage of the  Smart Ride program in order to conserve natural resources, reduce smog, and most importantly, cut your costs commuting to and from the Shop.

In Solidarity,
President Pineda

Saturday, June 09, 2012

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Digital Will Not Save Newspapers: What this means for Newspaper Unions

At the 2012 North American Newspaper Conference, I had the opportunity to present a report I wrote on the effect of digital advertising revenues for newspaper companies and what this means for newspaper unions.  This post is a summation of that report.  The full report can be viewed here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/96526579/Digital-Will-Not-Save-Newspapers

Despite an initial slow decline in daily newspaper circulation beginning in 1984, by 1990, daily circulation begins to fall more rapidly.  Sunday circulation, however, continues to grow until it peaks in 1994 at 62.6 million and starts its slow decline. For the next ten years, both Sunday and Daily circulation continue a steady decline until 2004 when both circulations go into free-fall.

In addition to the declining circulation, newspapers have also faced a major erosion of their advertising revenue since 2000.  As newspapers derive the majority of their income from advertising, this lost revenue are devastating.  In 2000 advertising accounted for 82% of newspaper revenue.  From 2000 to 2011, print advertising fell by a whopping 57%.

Since they began measuring on-line advertising in 2003, the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) reports that online advertising rose nearly 275% from 2003 to 2011.  Despite this dramatic increase in on-line advertising, the total revenue dollars pale in comparison to print advertising revenues. 

While most newspapers have developed an Internet presence with an impressive array of on-line media, they have not been able to generate enough income from access fees, advertising, and services to make up for the dramatic loss in print advertising.  In fact, a recent study released by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) reported that newspapers took in roughly $11 in print revenue for every $1 they attracted online. 

While there has clearly been significant decline in the industry, and media companies have seen their profits hurt, there have been a few bankruptcies and, absent a couple of notable exceptions, relatively few newspapers have gone out of business.  In fact, the number of daily papers has only seen a slight decline, and the number of Sunday newspaper has remained steady and even increased slightly in 2009.  The largest change in our industry has come in the form of printing consolidation, which has had disastrous consequences for newspaper employees.  Over 98% of newspaper plant closings in the United States are a result of outsourcing or consolidation.

As discussed earlier, print advertising has been the lifeblood of newspapers’ and with digital revenue showing little promise to change that any time soon newspapers are desperately searching for a number new revenue streams.  These new revenue streams can be made up of a multitude of revenue makers in digital media, print media, and related businesses including digital subscriptions, production services, banner advertising, new print products, distribution services, print in-sourcing, mobile text advertising, social networking, niche newspapers and cross media advertising. 

Many of these will present opportunities for pressmen and other newspaper craft unions.  For example, two larger shops in Local 3, the Boston Globe and the Providence Journal have been adding numerous publications and experimenting with new and innovative ways to produce printed products that offer new advertising opportunities such as ads that pop-out of the top of the paper and ads that fold over page one. 

As more and more newspapers continue to outsource their printing operations, job losses will continue.  However, most of this work has, and will, continue to migrate to unionized facilities.  In some cases, this migration of work has resulted in additional positions, but these few additions do not keep pace with the jobs lost from outsourcing.

Despite the circulations declines, the printed newspaper, and associated products such as comics and advertising supplements will continue to exist, albeit in different form, for years to come.  These printed products, however, will be ever changing.  Daily and Sunday newspapers will evolve into smaller, user-friendly formats.  The comics and other sections are being developed to accommodate new and different advertising opportunities.  Newspaper pressrooms will also be printing niche products, with more color and new, creative design features requiring complex printing operations.

As David Weil said in his 1997 book, Turning the Tide; Strategic Planning for Labor Unions,  “For labor unions in the industry, these transformations provide challenges, but also new opportunities.”

In an article for Industrial and Labor Relations Review entitled; Is Pattern Bargaining Dead? Author KJ Ready makes clear that “Pattern bargaining as a process may, however differ from pattern bargaining as an outcome.”  This is obviously true in the newspaper industry. 

Pattern bargaining and coordinated bargaining have failed in our industry.  It is time to recognize this and increase our leverage at the table by bringing more groups under one collective bargaining agreement.  Whether it is through local merger, or other means, this must be done. 

In today’s ever changing printing environment, and with the Globe currently introducing many new products, in makes absolutely no sense to squander this opportunity of a common expiration dates increased constituencies, and less competition with multiple unions bargaining over the same dollars.  Drastic change such as this is never easy.  However, with most newspaper employees represented by the Teamsters and the Communications Workers of America we should seek their assistance is this endeavor.
In the printing industry, there are a number of opportunities for internal organizing.  It is common in the industry to have only one or two departments in a printing operation unionized.  While this is less common in the newspaper industry, it is more common in the commercial printing business.  Potential external targets are many of the office stores that are now using digital printers to do work we have done for years.  These include Staples, OfficeMax, and Kinko’s.  As Kinko’s is affiliated with FedEx, there could be some tie-in with the Teamsters as they are at odds with FedEx.

Because we have seen a number of lay-offs, we have a number of solid union members, including former stewards, who may be willing to work as salts for organizing.  Even with the prospect using salts, however external organizing is difficult for smaller unions. There is also the political concern over organizing within the local with members seeing dollars expended with little or no results.  We must overcome this fear and somehow find a way to renew our efforts to mobilize and energize those within our current bargaining units to reach out to their fellow unorganized employees. 

As Bill Fletcher puts it; “Although there are few definitive answers, the experiences of locals struggling with the realities of juggling organizing and representational responsibilities should guide the search for sustainable conversion.”

Newspaper companies want to stay in business.  Many are doing this by outsourcing their printing and many are doing this by increasing their printing.  The evidence is becoming clearer by the day that if major newspapers wish to stay in business, with their own newsrooms and original reporting, they cannot rely on digital revenue to support them.  With their need to support printed products and the revenue that comes from it, we can expect, new print products, print in-sourcing, niche newspapers and new and innovative ways to produce printed products that offer new advertising opportunities such as ads that pop-out of the top of the paper and ads that fold over page one. 
These will present real opportunities for pressmen and other newspaper craft unions.  In order to benefit from this changing environment, newspaper craft unions, particularly the Pressmen’s unions, need to ensure we are positioned to accept and execute this new work.  It required accepting significant cultural change in the form of additional paid straight-time hours, considerable work rule modifications, and additional training.

While these changes seemed difficult to accept in the short term, the leverage gained by the elimination of competition, the addition of multiple constituent publications, and an expanding skill set will pay dividends in subsequent contract negotiations.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

New Author on Save Our Trade

Save Our Trade wishes to welcome GCC/IBT President, Local 14-M Philadelphia,PA, Kurt Freeman to our Blog. Brother Kurt wears many hats in the GCC, the hat he wears most regularly is that of President, District Council 9, Philadelphia, PA. DC9 is affiliated with Locals, 329-C, 732-C, 241-M, 612-M, 16-N, 594-S, 726-S, 754-S and his home Local of 14-M. Brother Freeman also sits on the GCC/IBT International General Board representing the Atlantic Region. We look forward to hearing from Brother Kurt and the members in DC9 here on Save Our Trade. Our mission is to Unify our members voices, not only here in cyberspace, but in the Political arena where our voices are most needed. On behalf of the members of GCC/IBT Local 140-N, Thank you President Freeman for joining our forum and for expanding the reach of information flowing between our shops and members. In Solidarity, Ronnie Pineda President, GCC/IBT Local 140-N

Friday, June 01, 2012


Local 140-N Attorney, Adam Stern notified me today of the Arbitrator's decision regarding a grievance filed against the Los Angeles Times involving Local 140-N, Executive Vice President, Keith Denson.

This decision stands to show that our members have been subjected to Anti-Union treatment at the hands of  Los Angeles Times management and supervision simply because we exercised our right to form a Union.  This is by no means an isolated incident; this behavior by management has been consistently exhibited since we sought to organize and continues today. 

I, along with our full Executive Board and Members hope that this decision will put and end to this type of anti-union sentiment from management and supervision, we are not, nor have we ever been the enemy, please don't continue to treat us as such. 

Great job Counselor, Adam Stern!

The Arbitrator's letter and decision can be read below.

In Solidarity,
Ronnie Pineda

The Search for a New Business Model | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

The Search for a New Business Model | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)


Friday, May 25, 2012

It was great seeing you at the NANC conference this year. There were so many locals from around the country sharing news and ideas about the future of our business. I thought the information Marty Callahan from Boston had from the Peu Institute was especially helpful. He had the statistics from digital advertising compared to revenues from print advertising. It explains where the real revenue comes from. I know that will help many of us when we go to the bargaining table. Please stress to your membership and e-board the importance of attending this conference. Hope to see you there next year. Your Brother, Lou.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The 55th North American Newspaper Conference concludes.

Union Delegates from newspapers across the US and Canada joined in Scottsdale Arizona earlier this week to discuss the current state of their respective papers and deliver reports on their home Locals.

I will post a full report shortly and provide details of our efforts at the Conference to insure our members continue to stand a fighting chance against greedy Corporations!

In solidarity,
President, Pineda.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Meeting Rescheduled

Our General Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2012 is being rescheduled to be held on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 12:00 noon. Executive Board will meet 2 hours prior to General Meeting. 

Ronnie Pineda

Friday, May 04, 2012

Power and Compassion!

Women have made immeasurable contributions to the Labor Movement; mostly in the shadows of the male union leadership.

Not Dolores Huerta! Her work and service for immigrant farmworkers has not gone unnoticed and is only second to Cesar Chavez.

Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta founded the UFW and she continues to fight for the rights of working men and women all across America!

Dolores Huerta will be among 13 recipients to receive the Presidential Medal Of Freedom from President Barak Obama.

Congratulations Mrs.Huerta  for the honor you so deserve for the sacrifices you've made to benefit a multitude of others.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Election Results Meeting

We will be meeting tomorrow, Saturday April 28, 2012 to tally the ballots of our currently ongoing election. Election Judge, Charles Laird, along with Election Tellers, Gerald Leavenworth, Alton Hill and Vic Banuelos will open and reveal the results of the returned, completed ballots.

The meeting will begin at noon so don't be late. The address is:

Teamsters Local 630
750 So. Stanford Ave.
Los Angeles Ca. 90021

I look forward to seeing as many of our Brothers and Sisters that can attend and I am sure you will all enjoy touring our new temporary home, Thanks again to all of our Brothers and Sisters of Teamsters Local 630 for welcoming our Local into their Union Hall.

In Solidarity,
President Pineda

Friday, April 20, 2012

Los Angeles Times Pressmens 20 Year Club: Teamsters Rally Against Initiative

Los Angeles Times Pressmens 20 Year Club: Teamsters Rally Against Initiative

If you are registered to vote in November, you must vote against this deceptive legislation that is nothing more than a power grab by big money businesses. If you are not registered, do so! This is another example of political hijacking by those with money against the middle class working men and women. Corporate greed mongers are again blaming Unions for their financial problems; all the while rewarding themselves in the millions.

Joint Council 42 President, Randy Cammack reminded us all of what General President Hoffa said at our 25th Convention in Las Vegas last June:



Councilmen Garcetti and Zine

U.S. Representative, Linda Sanchez

Congresswoman, Maxine Waters

Councilman, Eric Garcetti

Teamster Joint Council 42 President, Randy Cammack

1% Creates 99% Of The Economy's Problems!

Teamster Pride, Secretary Of Labor, Hilda Soliz

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Our New Temporary Home

Teamster Local 630 President/Trustee, Randy Korgan and I discussed the possibility of using Local 630, located at 750 Stanford Ave. L.A. 90021 for our Local's business. President Korgan stated that we may use the Hall FREE OF CHARGE and that our schedule does not conflict with their use of the Hall.

This is great news and we  look forward to holding our first meeting there on April 28, 2012 to announce results of the ongoing election.

Teamster Local 630 is located between 7th & 8th streets on Stanford just west of the Oly plant.

Special Thanks to Randy, Local 630's Executive Board and especially the members of Local 630 from GCC/IBT Local 140-N!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Services For Romel Aspiras

Romel L Aspiras

December 26, 1958 - March 8, 2012

Viewing in Chapel
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 05:00 PM
Rose Hills Memorial Park - SkyRose Chapel (View Chapel)
3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601 | (562)699-0921
Enter Park through Gate: 1
Viewing in Chapel
Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 05:00 PM
Rose Hills Memorial Park - SkyRose Chapel (View Chapel)
3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601 | (562)699-0921
Enter Park through Gate: 1
Viewing in Chapel
Friday, March 16, 2012 | 05:00 PM
Rose Hills Memorial Park - SkyRose Chapel (View Chapel)
3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601 | (562)699-0921
Enter Park through Gate: 1 | Service: Concludes At Interment Site
Funeral Service
Saturday, March 17, 2012 | 09:00 AM
Rose Hills Memorial Park - SkyRose Chapel (View Chapel)
3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601 | (562)699-0921
Enter Park through Gate: 1 | Service: Concludes At Interment Site
Send Flowers to Service | Driving Directions

Thanks Kathy Brokhausen for providing the details.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

L.A. Times Press Operator, Romel Aspiras has passed away.........

Los Angeles Times Pressman, Romel Aspiras suffered a heart attack several days ago while visiting family and was unresponsive at the time he was hospitalized. I was saddened to receive news this morning that Romel had passed.

Romel's passing comes as a shock as we have not had an opportunity to recover from recent passings of Brother's Andrew Witkowski, Don Reese and Steve Parker.

It appears Heaven is printing more newspapers than we are.

Rest in Peace Brothers

Thursday, February 02, 2012

General Meeting

Our next General Meeting is  scheduled for Monday February 20, 2012 at 2:00pm.
We will hold our meeting once again at Crowne Plaza Commerce Casino.

There is plenty to discuss including upcoming nominations and elections for Local 140n Officer, Executive Board member positions and shop stewards.

Only members can nominate, accept a nomination or vote in Local Elections. Beck Objectors waive their right to participate in Local Elections.

I look forward to a well attended meeting.

Executive Board Meeting to be held 1 hour before general meeting. All Board Members are encouraged to attend and be prompt.

Ronnie Pineda,
GCC/IBT Local 140-N

Monday, January 09, 2012

Initiation Fee Notice

Initiation Fee Notice                                                                                            

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