Labor Tribune is 85 years strong with this issue


With this issue, the Labor Tribune celebrates 85 years championing union workers and their families!

Where has the time gone?!

Since our first issue in 1947, Founder/Publisher Maury Rubin set the tone: fighting like hell for unions and the working men and women in the Labor Movement, week after week. Long hours be damned, there were stories to be told, events and worker actions to be covered, difficult issues to make sense of. And that’s been our philosophy ever since.

As part of our birthday celebration, we want to recognize:

First and foremost, the more than 67 local unions, their leaders and members who have been faithful subscribers. Without your support, we simply would not exist. We have worked diligently and faithfully to support you. Over the years, through good times and lean, every member our staff has worked to meet that goal.

Second, the Labor Tribune staff of professionals, both current, former and deceased, that I’ve been privileged to work with for the 50-plus years I’ve been honored to lead the paper. We have Labor journalists and support professionals like no other in America:

• Editorial: the most talented, dedicated Labor journalists you’ll ever meet — led by Managing Editor and veteran journalist Tim Rowden, Illinois chief correspondent and Outdoor Guide Editor Carl Green, correspondent and Women of Labor Editor Sheri Gassaway, correspondent Mary Ann Holley and our health and auto columnist Kevin Weaks. Special recognition goes to former staffers who played their important roles: Publisher/Founder Maury Rubin (deceased); editors Dana Spitzer, Sherwood Kerker (deceased) and Jim Templeton; and reporters Kevin Madden, Gene Sigman, Larry Miller, Bill Morris, retired Outdoor Sports/Outdoor Guide Editors Bob Whitehead and Kevin Howard and deceased staffers, Harry Winkler, Frank Loterzo and editorial cartoonist Ken Strobel.

• Advertising: Our creative Advertising Director Dan Braun and Account Executive Lauren Marshall and retirees Ad Director Marvin Naftolin and account exec Bob Whitehead; former reps John Primm, Charlie Owens, Mark James, John Hoskins, Don Chesley, Jerry Valina, Christine Shekell, Naomi Davidson and deceased staffers Harvey Finkelstein, Tony Maggio, Jerry Bonfiglio, Morris Bass and Harry Barge.

• Production Department: Putting it all together are the creative and talented Lynn Alpert and Kathy Crowe following retired staffers Ray Earls, Frank Diaz, Jim Rekart, Teresa McFadin and the deceased Jim Matousek, Steve Whitehead and Jeff Warfield.

• Business Department: Keeping all the parts moving are Controller Bob Bird, Accounting Manager Renee Avett and, most importantly, Office Manager Maria Murphy and Administrative Assistant Lynn Fowler, who are true “jacks of all trades” doing so much to keep us operational every day. The indomitable Judy Anderson, who until her death, was our vice president and my right-hand, was able to deal with anything and everything, and did. Former staffers Jill Farmer, Susan Crane, Kay Stockstrom, Lori Strawbridge, Richard Poehlein and Alicia Parsons are well-remembered.

The simple truth is that each of them are, and have been, integral to our success. To all, I offer my heartfelt “thank you” for the professional and consistently excellent support of our mission. We are family, and I’m damned proud of them all.

To our subscribing unions, their officers and members, to the leadership of all Labor Movements on both sides of the river for your loyalty, for your continued support, we at the Labor Tribune pledge to continue our efforts on your behalf. You deserve no less.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LABOR TRIBUNE. On to the next 85 years!


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