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					 HERALD CONT. from P.1: after another year of losses, reportedly around $2 million; Herald Media sold off its                                                       IBT Local 1 - BMU
 Community Newspapers Co. to Gatehouse Media (which also bought the Ledger & Enterprise). The Herald emerged from
                                                                                                                                                                    79 Parking Way
 this deal essentially debt free, and responded by running a front page editorial by the Publisher with the headline, “You
 bet we’re alive -- and kicking!” (which those with a sharp memory will remember as channeling the headline announcing                                              Quincy Ma 02169                                                       THE
 the deal Rupert Murdoch made with the Unity Council Unions and BMU #1 in December 1982). In the piece Purcell                                                      (617) 770-4209                                                                                                                                           GLOBE CHAPEL OFFICERS:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alex Digiantommaso - Chairman
 states, “So let me dash the fondest hopes of the politicians, the prognosticators and our competitors at the Globe: the                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Robert Bibaud - Vice Chairman
 Herald is here to stay.” Purcell had sold his profitable CNC operation to fund his struggling labor-of-love, the Boston                                             EXECUTIVE BOARD:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jon Jackson - vice Chair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Scott McLoud - Vice Chair
 Herald. Then in 2007, the Herald Publisher sold his building and its six plus acre lot to a partnership between himself                                             Daniel R. Caplette- Prsient, Pricipal Officer, & Buisness Agent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Robert Gott- Vice Chair
 and National Development. No sale price was announced by Purcell, however it has been reported that terms of the                                                    Hugh J. Meighan Jr. - Secretary-Treasurer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mark Littlefield - Vice Chair
                                                                                                                                                                     S. Timmothy Jones - Vice-President
 agreement gave him up to six years to relocate his operation. 2007 also featured a painful round of layoffs for the                                                 Charles A. Prisco Jr. - Recording Secretary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mary White - Secretary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HERALD CHAPEL OFFICERS:
 Herald Chapel, and the Mailers Union complied that the Herald might survive. However, by August of 2007 the                                                         James M. Keenan - Trustee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Scott Marshall - Chairman
 outsourcing rumors really began to heat up: Boston Real estate news quoted Purcell as saying, the Herald must be                                                    Gary P. Hughes - Trustee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Greggory Felder - Vice Chair
                                                                                                                                                                     William T. Murphy - Trustee
 produced “more efficiently than is possible in our current location.” It was widely reported that the Herald had entered                                                                                                                                                                                           S. Tim Jones - Secretary-Treasurer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steven Leonard - Sgt-AT-Arms
 into negotiations with Dow Jones & Co. (speculation fueled further by the Purcell/Murdoch relationship: Purcell
 worked for Murdoch and bought the Herald from him in 1994) about the possibility of producing the Herald at its
 Chicopee plant. This appeared for a time to be “the plan,” and rumors of the Production Department’s (including the                                                                                                                   "Some of the News That's Sort of Fit to Print..."
 Mailers) demise spread rapidly. However, as Chicopee faded out of the picture due to logistical and press capacity issues,
                                                                                                                                                                    Issue 1                                                                                                                                               April 2008
 word surfaced that Purcell was negotiating with the Boston Globe to outsource Production. These rumors continue to
 swirl as of press time, however sources at the Herald have indicated that the Globe’s offer is less than thrilling due to
 high cost and press capacity issues. Other rumors include a re-examination of Chicopee, a deal with the Charles River
 Press, outsourcing to Gannett on University Ave., Norwood, or the construction of a new Herald production facility.                                                                                                                                  First Issue Hits Mailroom (like a ton of bricks):
 Rumors of a free distribution model continue as well, and Purcell has done little to discredit them. At this point the only
 thing certain is that the Herald Mailers future is uncertain. For this reason many members are going back to school or                                                                                                                                 In the tradition of John Buckley's Minuteman "Up-Date" we
                                                                                                                                                                    Looking to the Future
 taking other jobs or in some cases both. Longtime Mailing Room General Foreman Steve Havey had this response to the                                                                                                                                  present The Mailer's Knot- a quarterly (we hope) newletter of
 uncertainty, "No more late days for me!"- which is a policy long ago adopted by night Foreman Jim Rose.                                                                                                                                              all the happenings in Local 1 and the Mailing Rooms of the
                                                                                                                                                                    In light of all the changes
                                                                                                                                                                    faces our industry, decline                                                       Boston Globe and Boston Herald. Out of respect for Brother
 word on the street: According to a recent study, recreational use of Viagra is on the rise among younger men who don't suffer from impotence.
                                                                                                                                                                    of ad revenue, decreases                                                          Buckley's outstanding work on the "Up-Date" (and of course
                                      What do you think? (quotes are fabricated for entertainment purposes)
                                                                                                                                                                    in circulation,                                                                   acknowleding that this newsletter's staff are total hacks); we
mike m.                                                                    scott b.                                          chris g.                               sub-contracting of jobs                                                           felt it only appropriate to change the name of this newsletter
                                                                                                                                                                    and new technolgy. I feel there is an                                             so as to not tarnish the fine reputation of both John and his
                                                                                                                                                                    optimistic outlook for the mailroom                                               beloved newsletter. We, your humble newsletter staff: Hugh
"Wow, there's an illicit market for these pills?                              "Is having sex for 48 hours straight           "At last, a medical miracle to         industry. With the changing landscape of                                          Meighan Jr, Billy Carroll, Scott "Scoop" Davidson, John
And all this time, I've foolishly been using                                  some kind of a game to these people?"          eliminate the 3 percent of the time    consoldation of smaller newspapers, we                                            "Chicky Jr" McLoud, John Swanson, Scott "Spanky" McLoud, &
 them to try to satisfy my wife...                                                                                           20-year-olds don't have erections."    will look towards becoming a commercial                                           Steve "Pipes" Hopkins - hope you enjoy our efforts.
                                                                                                                                                                    print shop to survive in the future. An

 This Issue's Interview:                                                                                                                                            example of this is what we are producing
                                                                                                                                                                    now, The Ledger, Enterprise, NY Post.                                               Herald Future Uncertain......
          Gary Hughes                                                                                                                                               As the normal base of the readers of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        .....For 27th straight year.
                                                                                                                      Your Humble Newsletter Staff:                 Herald and Globe decline; people in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Boston, Ma. - The future of the Boston Herald is again at a
                                                                                                                                                                    WWII and Korean War generation. The
                                   How long have you been a Mailer? and where?                                                   ...Yesterdays values                                                                                                   crossroads as this edition goes to press. 1 Herald Square is
                                                                                                                                                                    younger generation is not buying
 18 years & 2 months. I started at the Herald in February 1989. Then I became a Globe                                       Living in tomorrows industry                                                                                                awash in rumors of outsourcing. In 2004 Pat Purcell
 Mailer and have also worked shifts at the Lynn Item.
                                                                                                                    The weight falls hard on the stand up guy       newspapers, they prefer to get their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Herald Publisher & Yankee fan from Queens) refinanced
                                                                                                                      The one you can count on you can rely         information through the internet. So, the
 Picked up any Nicknames?                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $155 million of the Herald’s debt with Wachovia and paid off
 Hughesy to my face, Cheesburger-helper or Baby Hughsey behind my back.                                                This is your future it don't seem right      industry will have to adapt and take in
                                                                                                                       But this is your battle, this is our fight                                                                                       85% to his investors Audax, Weston Presidio, and Halyard.
 What do you like most about our Union?                                                                                                                             more commercial work. This I believe will
                                                                                                                  Something in this Country has got to change                                                                                           In 2005 a spokesman for Spaulding and Slye Colliers, which
 Our Union benefits, and being able to have a voice on the job in matters which affect the
                                                                                                                     If we're ever gonna see those days again       help secure our future in the newspaper
 body as a whole.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       handles the Herald real estate, said, “The Building is not for
                                                                                                                Your parents may have done it with just one job     business. -Daniel Caplette
                                                                                                               But now we're working for less and twice as hard.                                                                                        sale.”(reported by Robert Gavin, Boston Globe) In 2005
 What are you hoping to bring to & gain from your recent appointment to the
 Executive Board as Trustee?                                                                                           They see your eyes, they see your face                                                                                           Purcell sought and received approximately $7 Million
                                                                                                                                                                    BREAKING NEWS:
 I want to bring an open mind, be dedicated to the job, be critical when required. I'd like to                           But it's your soul they wanna take                                                                                             savings in labor costs, and the Mailers Union responded
                                                                                                                                                                    The Robert Johnson Memorial Golf Tourney: "the
 gain experience in the operation of the Local Union.                                                            Yeah, welcome to the future it don't seem fair
                                                                                                                                                                    sudsy mug" will be sunday July 20th at Lakeville                                    with a concessionary contract intended to keep the Herald
                                                                                                                  But this is your struggle, the cross you bear
 What would you most like to change about our Union?
                                                                                                                   they know your pain, they don't think twice      country club. It will be a shotgun start going off                                  afloat, which provided the members increased pension
 The biggest thing is I'd like to see a united membership and more membership participation.                                                                        around 1pm. all are encouraged to play. please
 I feel we can't continue to have a seggregated membership and allow ourselves to be divied                              There's a dollar value on your life                                                                                            contributions and a Health & Welfare Quid. However, by
                                                                                                                   You don't comprimise and you don't break         make your own foursomes. see timmy jones, billy
 and conquered.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2006 things had changed considerably.......... CONT. Page 4
                                                                                                                          Yeah, its our principals at stake.        carroll, scottie davidson, or hugh meighan jr for
                                                                                                                  From Tommorows Industry By The Dropkick           details. Proceeds will go to the "sudsy fund" to                                    Boston Mailers Union Local 1 was Organized in 1891 & Chartered

4.                                                                                                               Murphys on their album The Meanest of Times        establish the robert johnson scholarship fund.                                      in 1892 by the International Typographical Union, and affiliated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1987.                              1.
        The Treasury of the Local is solvent, but as the landscape of our industry changes difficult financial decisions
will need to be made that our Local Union shall survive…. Dues Delinquency continues to trend down in both amount and
number of members, and for that I wish to thank the Membership. As my time finishing Dan Lovett’s term is                                                       Congrats to Edmund Reid who is now the proud owner of Ship-      Congrats to Paul Marshall on the new Prius.
rapidly expiring, I wish to say to the members that it has been an honor to serve you and you have made my                                                      Mate packing &                                                    Rumor has it he’s hard at work preparing
experience as the Secretary-Treasurer memorable.                                                                                                                shipping company in Plymouth. Congrats!                          for his role in The Fast & The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Furious IV: New Hampshire Drift.
                                                                                                                                                                Congrats to Bill Frasca
       I ask all the members to contribute what you can to our website, as it is my goal to create an
                                                                                                                                                                on new baby son Jackson.                                         Air Bag Alert: Mike Bottary is looking for some used
archive of our common history there. The website also represents the potential to be a powerful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 airbags after a recent crash. Nobody was injured, thank
communication tool for us, and to that end more changes and features will be coming soon (as well as                                                            Tori Faieta, daughter of Jim,                                    goodness.
more photos and videos).                                                                                                                                        made the All-Star team for the CCL (Catholic Central League)
                                                                                                                                                                and was the MVP for St. Mary’s High School in basketball.                               Congrats to Dennis O’Brien on the
        With the recent passing of Charlie Dugan and the unfolding events at the Boston Herald & Boston                                                                                                                                                 new house.
Globe, please forgive a 34 year old waxing nostalgic… I am grateful to all the special people who I was lucky                                                   Jeff Gentner loved the 1st Knot & wasn’t afraid
                                                                                                                                                                to say so….                                                                             Tom O’Brien recently attended
enough to serve with on the Executive Board of this Local Union: George Betts, Tommy White, Dan Caplette,                                                       Unfortunately not everyone agreed with him……
Louie Rumpf, Frank McGuire, Bobby Admirand, Danny Lovett, Jack K. Donovan, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Timmy Jones,                                                                                                                                               the Frozen Four in Denver, CO.
Bobby Sullivan, Charlie Prisco Jr., Jimmy Keenan, Billy T. Murphy, and Gary Hughes. I learned something from all of them, and like to think                     Rich Flattes recently took a long overdue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Get well soon Mary Johnson & Jean Shea!!
they helped make me who I am. I also would like to acknowledge a few of the special people who helped shape my views on Unionism, a list                        vacation in Cancun.
which would be too long for this space, so I will just mention Ernie St. George, Charlie Dugan, my dad Hugh Meighan Sr., Bobby Johnson, Dave                                                                                     Congrats to Dennis “Eagle Eye” Crovello
                                                                                                                                                                Tom Tiernan recently passed away at 70 years old. God Bless
Larson, John O’Brien, Phil Keenan, Mary White, Charle Prisco Sr., and Billy Carroll. My membership in this Local Union and my life were altered                                                                                  and the Friday Night Globe crew
                                                                                                                                                                his soul.                                                        for catching the origional “Lunch Thief.”
by their contributions. As for Charlie, both my family and I owe a great debt to him, and truly appreciate his contributions to our cause. My
apologies to those I did not mention by name, and your effects upon me are not unrecognized. Thank you.                                                         John Buckley tells us that Jack Harrington is now 85 years old   Happy Retirement Dave Larson!!
                                                                         In Union,                                                                              and is doing well.                                               Congrats to Kevin Riccioli on new baby daughter Joy.
                                                                         Hugh J. Meighan Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                Greg “Commando” Felder was recently pants by Rich Doran.         Missed last issue: welcome back to work John Murphy.
                                                                                                                      Boston, MA. - So which is it Metro, are   His nakedness at least earned him an early out….
                                                                                                                      you growing or shrinking? Metro                                                                            Thoughts & Prayers for AD Burke.
                                                                                                                      Boston, one of two free distribution      The Duchaney Brothers were seen going over Niagra Falls in a
                                                                                                                      model tabloids recently available in      barrell together....                                             Thank You & God Bless Charlie Dugan......
                                                                                                                      Greater Boston (rival Boston Now was
                                                                                                                      the other); and the paper famously run
by racist joke enjoying, tax cheating Swedes (both courtesy of Boston Herald exposé pieces) has a bit of a credibility problem (Gasp!). Metro Boston which
is owned partially by the New York Times since they paid $16.5 Million for a 49% stake in January of 2005, and utilizes the Globe’s distribution network (no
doubt intended to hurt the competing rival Herald) and almost exclusively newswire content, has some explaining to do regarding its circulation.
         First in November 2007, Metro Boston boasted that it had surpassed the Boston Herald and become Boston’s second-largest daily newspaper, with
an average circulation of almost 187,000, according to the Certified Audit of Circulations (CAC). “The increase in circulation validates what we have seen
around the globe, that the free daily newspaper model is the future of the industry,” said Stuart Layne, Metro Boston’s publisher, in a celebratory press
release at the time. “People are consuming the news very differently than previous generations, and these numbers are proof the newspaper landscape in
Boston has changed.”
         In retrospect, Layne’s bragging may have been premature. According to a CAC report published in March, as reported by the Boston Phoenix’s
Adam Reilly, Metro Boston’s average circulation for the quarter ending September 30, 2007, plummeted to 135,888. This represented a drop of almost
52,000 papers per day. This continues a turbulent stretch for Metro Boston. In the last quarter of 2006, the New York Times Company wrote down the value
of its share from $16.5 million to $9.4 million. In early January, the Phoenix reported that Metro International was shopping Metro Boston and its two other
US papers, Metro New York and Metro Philadelphia. Metro Boston publisher Stuart Layne didn't know his own paper was being sold, according to the
Globe story on the subject. "My understanding is that Metro has been looking for investors and partners in the U.S. to expand its U.S. operations," Layne
told the Globe.
         Several potential buyers reportedly have already looked at the three publications. The most prominent rumor being a sale to Philip Anschutz, the
archconservative who owns the Examiner papers in San Francisco, Washington, and Baltimore. Which would be a huge development for Boston's media
landscape. Likely, a sale would mean that the New York Times Company would lose its 49 percent stake in Metro Boston and get out of the free-daily
business. Boston Metro, meanwhile, would be replaced with The Boston Examiner-which, if past Examiner business models are any indication; would be
delivered for free in certain affluent neighborhoods. The Metro Boston staff has already been shaken up too, with Layne resigning in late January and editor
Saul Williams departing in early January. Layne told New York Post writer Keith J. Kelly, "Metro has decided to use more of the Globe's resources for
efficiency purposes." "I was brought in for different reasons and decided to leave," he said. Speculation still remains.....CONT Page 3 Metro

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                                                                                                                                              Just What We Don't Need - Another Free Trade Agreement

                                                                                                                                              By James P. Hoffa, IBT General President

                                                                                                                                                      George Washington, protectionist, made it a point to wear an American-made suit to his first
                                                                                                                                              inauguration. The father of our country understood that America has to protect its ability to make things
                                                                                                                                              important to Americans. Today that means things like steel. Brake drums. Airplane parts. Computer chips.
                                  Guess Who?                                                                                                  Battleships. Safe toys. Food that doesn't kill us.What America doesn't need right now is another so-called
                                                                                                                                              "free-trade agreement" that kills that ability.
                                                                                                                                                      Sadly, President Bush [recently signed] the latest NAFTA-style trade deal with Peru, passed by the

                                   Answer on                                                                                                  Senate [in Decmber]. More deals - with Colombia, Panama and South Korea - are in the pipeline.
                                                                                                                                              American workers don't want these deals. They've seen through the false promises that "free trade" will
                                                                                                                                              create more exports, better jobs and better wages. Instead, NAFTA, CAFTA and PNTR brought trade deficits, shuttered factories,

                                           Page 8                                                                                             poisoned toothpaste and lead toys.
                                                                                                                                                      Free traders like to say labor unions are backward-looking protectionists. They love to dust off the old myth that Sen. Reed
                                                                                                                                              Smoot and Rep. Willis Hawley caused the Great Depression by passing the protectionist Smoot-Hawley Act. What free-traders never
                                                                                                                                              tell you is that Smoot-Hawley became law in 1930, eight months after the Great Depression started. They don't tell you that Franklin
                                                                                                                                              Roosevelt's "free trade agreements" with 14 countries didn't do anything to help the American economy.
                                                                                    1.    Chris Jones              A. The Godmother                   There's a reason free-traders always end up shouting "protectionist." They don't want you to hear that giant sucking sound from
                                                                                    2.    Tim Jones                aa. 8 Watt                 south of the border. We heard that sucking sound in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Mr. Coffee plant shut down and moved to Mexico,
          as always quotes are fabricated for your entertainment...
                                                                                    3.    Patrick Murphy           B. Panda Head              throwing 400 Teamsters out of work. We heard it in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where the Circle D plant packed up and left, and in Long
     Word on the Street:                                                            4.    Dennis Crovello          bb. The Joker              Island City, N.Y., where the Swingline Stapler plant no longer employs hundreds of our members.
                                                                                                                                                      Where did those factories go? To Mexico, where they now sit in the slums of their own making. Those slums are filled with
                                                                                    5.    Greg Burke               C. The Lord / The Load
  Teamsters Endorse Obama                                                           6.
                                                                                          Paul Kaminsky
                                                                                          John Hruska
                                                                                                                   cc. Barney
                                                                                                                   D. Big Fred
                                                                                                                                              poor Mexican farmers, wiped out when U.S. agribusiness flooded Mexico with cheap, subsidized grain. Many Mexican farmers
                                                                                                                                              immigrated to the U.S. In the first year after NAFTA took effect, 80,000 people were arrested in Arizona alone for trying to enter the
 The powerful Teamsters labor union endorsed Barack Obama.                          8.    Eamon Solon              dd. Planet Head            country illegally, a 53 percent increase over the previous year. American workers were promised something different. They were
                    What do you think?                                              9.    Bill Boutin              E. Woody                   promised that illegal immigration would subside. They were promised that America would get richer by helping Mexico grow into a
                                                                                    10.   Tom Bleheen              ee. The Beard              strong trading partner. Those promises never made any sense. This is a world where capital circles the globe in seconds and assembly
                                                                                    11.   Gary Hughes              F. Dr. Love
                                                                                                                                              lines are shipped across borders in days. Eliminating trade barriers between a developed country and an undeveloped country can't
                                                                                    12.   Paul Marshall            ff. Big D
                                                                                                                                              possibly result in the free-traders' fantasy, where each country concentrates on what it makes best in the most efficient way.
                                                                                    13.   Bobby O’Leary            G. Goon
                                                                                                                                              Of course, these deals aren't just about tearing down trade barriers.
                                                                                    14.   Bill Cohan               gg. Magoo
                                                                                                                                                      NAFTA was more about protecting foreign investment and giving U.S. corporations access to cheap Mexican labor. NAFTA was
                                                                                    15.   Tom Harrington           H. Round Head
                                                                                    16.   Eddie Reid               hh. Pipes                  negotiated by a self-serving political elite in Mexico that feared the country
                                                                                    17.   Tom Burke                I. Belichick               was drowning in debt and needed to keep attracting foreign investment.
                                                                                    18.   Phil Keenan              J. Wheat Head              Ordinary Mexicans didn't agree to
         Ralph W.                                                      Bill C.      19.    Dan Lynch               jj. The Beebs              the deal - just as ordinary Peruvians didn't
   "Seemed to work well               Bob B.                "Well I was going to    20.    Bill Carpine            K. Mush                    agree to the latest version of NAFTA.
  for Dick Gephardt and      ""I'm not sure what that       vote for him out of     21.    Don Bragg               kk. Mrs. Reid              Ordinary Americans aren't too happy about it either. Anyone who
       John Kerry...."          really does for him                                                                                            aspires to the office
                                                            hope, but I suppose     22.   Roy Evensen              L. Mugga
                               aside from adding a                                  23.    Jim O’Sullivan          ll. Big Cat                that George Washington once held had best understand that.
                                                            voting for him out of
                             tacky trucker hat to his       fear and intimidation   24.    Scott Davidson          M. Black Widow
                                    collection."            is just as good."       25.    Bill Landry             mm. Moe Hair               Read General President Hoffa's Blog Online at
                                                                                    26.    John McCoy              N. Spider Head   
   Romney Endorses McCain                                                           27.    Tom O’Brien             nn. Egg Man
  Former Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has                          28.    Brad St. George         O. Goat Head
                                                                                    29.    Scott Marshall          oo. Good-Guy
endorsed John McCain for their party's nomination. What do you                      30.    Jack Donovan (father)   P. Cheeseburger Helper   METRO CONTINUED from Page 2
                           think?                                                   31.    Alex DiGiantommaso      pp. Shrek                that he was forced out, however.
                                                                                    32.    Bob Fogarty             Q. Big Earl                       Given the intense competition for readers and advertising dollars in today’s media market (and the continuing convergence of all types of media
                                                                                    33.    Kenny Burkhart          qq. Rob-O                content) Metro Boston’s drop-off from this past year’s high point is good news for a bunch of its competitors. But it’s especially welcome at the
                                                                                    34.    Fred Sandifer           R. Bubbles               Herald, which, once again gets to call itself Boston’s second-largest daily. In an interview with Boston magazine, conducted before the latest figures
                                                                                    35.    Bobby Gott              rr. The Shark            were released, Herald editor Kevin Convey was more than happy to gloat, “I would tell you this much with certainty, if economics were ever to permit
                                                                                    36.   Steve Hopkins            S. Skippy                us to go free, we would give away one hell of a lot more papers than the Metro has managed to do during its lifetime.” (Via Adam Reilly)
                                                                                    37.    Joe D. Leonard          ss. The Midget                    The other party that stood to benefit most from Metro Boston’s struggles, of course, was Boston Now, the free commuter daily that launched a
                                                                                    38.    Mark Maguire            T. Scrodo                year ago, and was published by former Metro Boston publisher Russell Pergament. Boston Now published its last edition on April 14, 2008, as its
        Jim K.                                                                      39.    Bob Bibaud              tt. Dynamite             foreign investors pulled out abruptly. In fact Boston Now may be responsible, at least in part for the circulation decline for Metro, as sources indicate it
                                                                      Mark L.
 "Unfortunately for          "It's kind of amazing                                  40.    Paul White              U. Rock Head             has a much better crossword puzzle. However, the Metro must explain how circulation plunged from over 187,000 to less than 136,000 since last fall. “
                                                             "There is nothing
 Romney, the                   that Mitt Romney                                     41.    Jimmy Davidson (son)    uu. Motor
                                                              more admirable                                                                That's some plunge,” noted longtime Boston media pundit Dan Kennedy on his blog. Did the auditors discover that 50,000 copies were ending up in the
                                                                                    42.    Brian Peecha            V. The King
 biggest thing               thinks that people in            than a gracious                                                               trash every day? And what about the Globe continuing to market its partnership with the Metro as the Second largest paper in Boston on its website
                                                                                    43.    Dick Comeau (father)    W. Big Time
 McCain is soft on              America are still               loser. Ha-ha.                                                      ? Running print ads in the Metro as well as in the Boston Globe claiming the second highest circulation in the
                                                                                    44.    Brendan Burke           X. Tomato Head
    is thank-yous."           paying attention to            Loser. Loser loser                                                             market, with the real facts in hand to the contrary seems more than a tad deceptive.
6.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3.
                                                                                    45.   Tonia Lewis              Y. Rat Boy
                                 what he says."                  loser loser!"      46.    Ron Flattes             Z. Piss Head
 1st Annual "Sudsy
Mug" Golf Tourney:                                                                                                                                                F.I.S.T.                                                                                 Herald
                                                                                                                                 Another Hollywood addaption of the                                                   June 17 - Pat Purcell announces plans to outsource production to Meeting of 11 Herald Unions, then
Lakeville, MA.- On Sunday July 20th, the 1st Annual Robert
                                                                                                                                 "jimmy Hoffa Myth," F.I.S.T. is the story                                            begins meetings with Employee Groups. Shows vague PowerPoint presentation (hasn’t changed much
J. Johnson Memorial Golf Tournement was held at the                                                                              of a Hoffa-like character (played                                                    since the last 6 times he’s showed it to employees and Union heads). Dodges any tough questions.
Lakeville Country club. 28 Golfers played in the "Best Ball"                                                                     suprisinglywell by Slyvester Stillone)                                               Announces 90-day window to negotiate severance.
tourney, which was won (fittingly) by Team Johnson with a                                                                        who rises to power in the fictional                                                  July 13 – Scale Committee has meeting with membership, well attended & issues discussed.
score of 5 Under Par. The tourney raised $2,500 for the                                                                          Federation of Interstae Truckers.                                                    July 17 – Scale Committee meets with Herald Committee – Herald claims no deal yet, no final numbers
creation of the Robert J. Johnson Memorial Scholarship.                                                                          The film also addresses the issue of                                                 available. Scale Committee objects to 90 day window beginning with no financial proposal in place.
Many of Bobby's relatives, friends, and co-workers attended                                                                                                                                                           July 23 – Teamster Newspaper Conference Director Joe Molinero meets with Boston Herald Teamster
                                                                                                                                 Mob influence of Unions. The film seems to take the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Locals; Locals 1, 25, Gcc 3, and 259 attend, meeting is held at Local 122 with IBT Eastern Region Vice-President
the fine steak dinner and ceremonies after play concluded.                                                                       position that Organized Labor is unable to police                                    John Murphy in attendence.
It was a fun and rewarding day to honor one of the truely                                                                        itself, and therefore is naturally prone to violence. At                             July 31 – Boston Newspaper Unity Council meets to discuss Herald & Globe issues.
special people who ever worked in this business. Bob                                                                             the smae time it argues that Government is also                                      August 1- WARN Act Notification Sent
"Sudsy" Johnson was a great Union Superintedant and helped                                                                                                                                                            August 8 – IBT Newspaper Conference & Locals to meet with Patrick Purcell, IBT Legal Department Counsel
                                                                                                                                 unable to do much better; as represented by a satiric
to protect countless Mailers over his distiguished career.                                                                                                                                                            attends along with IBT Eastern Region VP John Murphy.
                                                                                                                                 portrait of a Senator John L. McLellan-like figure.                                  August 12 – Scale Committee to meet with Herald Committee… Health & Welfare Trustees To Meet
The Tourney Committee wishes to thank the following                                                                              The film is hindered at times by Stillone's limited                                  August 20 - Next Joint IBT Effects Bargaining Session
sponsors for their support: IBT 259 (Drivers), IBT 25                                                                            acting range, unless a blank face is enough to show                                  October 1 – Rumored date of Outsourcing?????? (WARN ACT provides for Oct 1 - Oct 15).
(Warehouse), Boston Herald Publisher Pat Purcell, IBT                                                                            concern for the Union....It is a very watchable film,
Local 1 - BMU#1, IBT-GCC 3 (Pressmen), Harold Johnson,                                                                                                                                                                      Purcell's plans are said to be that the Herald is to be printed at the Wall Street Journal's
                                                                                                                                 however, and features several memorable set-piece                                    Chicopee facility. The Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Purcell worked for Murdoch in
Leo & Dot Corcetti, Community Package Store of Holbrook,
                                                                                                                                 strike scenes. Unfortunately it is ultimately bogged                                 New York and Boston for years. Purcell maintains that his Press equipment is unusable, and the costs
JJ Foley's of Kingston Street, and JJ Foley's Cafe of East
                                                                                                                                 down by its script's reliance on stereotyping and lack                               associated with new equipment and/or relocation are prohibitive. He has in fact already sold the
Berkley Street. One sad note was that the tournement
                                                                                                                                 of originality in addressing both Unions and the                                     property to a Development Trust between himself and National Development. Friday night production is
received no support or participation from the Globe                                                                                                                                                                   said to be a problem for the Dow Jones plant, as they do not have press capacity due to production of
                                                                                                                                 coruptive influences they face. It is widely available
members, so please plan on playing next year.                                                                                                                                                                         Barons Weekly. Thus, the Saturday paper is to be produced by Gannett Corporation’s Boston Offset in
                                                                                                                                 for rental.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Norwood. Uncertainty and rumor continue to consume the potentially affected employees at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Herald. As of Presstime WARN Act notices have yet to be issued, however. Thus, it would be illegal to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      outsource until 60 days from such notification.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stealing a page from Pat Purcell’s playbook, the Boston Globe debuted their own depressing
         Mary Peters: Lawbreaker
         By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa                                                                                                                                                                     PowerPoint presentation, and subsequently asked all Unions to reopen their contracts and Accept a
         Here's yet another reason Americans should be furious at the Bush administration: spending taxpayer dollars without constitutional authority. Late last year,                                                10% wage reduction. This was followed by a Special meeting of the Unity Council. The Globe followed up
         lawmakers passed the omnibus budget. President Bush signed it into law on Dec. 26. The law prohibited spending on a Transportation Department pilot program to
         open the borders to trucks from Mexico. The cross-border trucking program is a bad idea that my union fought for years. We believe trucks from Mexico are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with a Town Hall Meeting for employees which was reported on by Adam Reilly of The Boston Phoenix and
         dangerous, and Congress overwhelmingly agrees with us. The Senate voted 75-23 on Sept. 11 to stop the program; in May, the House passed a similar measure by a                                               his blog can be read at as well as his full article at
         vote of 411-3. The ink was barely dry on the new law when Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced she would ignore it. She announced that trucks from                                        Links are available from the Local's Website.
         Mexico would continue to roll past taxpayer-funded inspectors at taxpayer-funded inspection stations. The Teamsters don't think Mary Peters should get away with
         such blatant lawlessness. That's why we launched a campaign on Thursday to remove her from office. Transportation Department employees who take the Metro to
         work will already have seen "Fire Mary Peters" posters. Soon you'll see "Fire Mary Peters" bumper stickers and windshield signs in cars around town;and in Arizona,
         where Mary Peters hopes to run for governor in 2010. We are sending letters to 250,000 Teamsters who drive trucks or live in border states. We're asking them to
         get involved in our campaign to fire Mary Peters. Judging by the initial response, plenty of Teamsters will write to their elected representatives asking them to find
         Mary Peters in contempt of Congress. In the meantime, there is a tool to stop out-of-control bureaucrats from spending taxpayer dollars they aren't allowed to spend.
                                                                                         It's called the Antideficiency Act. Congress passed the first version of it in 1870 after lawmakers got tired of
                                                                                         bureaucrats burning through their yearly budget in a few months. Today, the Antideficiency Act prohibits bureaucrats
                                                                                         from spending public money or authorizing that spending "in excess of the amount available in the appropriation or
                                                                                         fund." Last year, the General Accounting Office reported 26 agency violations of the Act. The penalties typically
                                                                                         aren't severe. A commanding officer in the Navy was administratively disciplined after spending $19,000 on a banquet
                                                                                         and gifts. A National Labor Relations Board employee had to receive counseling after signing contracts for copier
                                                                                         paper that weren't contingent on the availability of funds. Soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq had to give back have their
                                                                                         re-enlistment bonuses because they violated the Act. But the Antideficiency Act does include stiff penalties that
                                                                                         Congress can use to exercise its constitutional authority over the public purse - including two years in prison and fines
                                                                                         up to $5,000. Why would a Cabinet secretary risk fines and imprisonment? Peters' argument is that it isn't clear                        Wanted:
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                                                                                         Congress authorized zero dollars to keep the border open to Mexican trucks. But the September 11, 2007 Senate                     For Your Union’s Website:
                                                                                         debate about the funding ban shows the intent of Congress was crystal clear. North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan
                                                                                         told his fellow senators that he was sponsoring the bill "to stop the Bush Administration's pilot program that now allows       Photos and Video of Mailers at

                                                                                         Mexican trucks to haul freight throughout the United States." I'm not suggesting Mary Peters be sent to prison for two
                                                                                         years for what appears to be a clear violation of the Antideficiency Act. I am suggesting she be fired for it. Mr. Hoffa's
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                                                                                         commentary originally appeared in The Huffington Post on February 6, 2008.
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