09/25/2011 01:19 pm ET Updated Nov 25, 2011

Paper Tiger: Q&A With L.A. Times Pressman Ed Padgett - Hot Ideas For A Cold Economy - The Frying Pan

Ed Padgett works as a pressman at the L.A. Times' Olympic Boulevard printing plant -- a third-generation employee who has been with the paper 39 years. He currently blogs at his site, Los Angeles Pressmens 20 Year Club. Padgett began posting messages in 1990, before the advent of the Internet, because, he says, "I was getting a bit bored." His tedium vanished in 2008 when, after press operators voted to join the Teamsters (the first union shop on Times property since 1967), Times managers began, he said, continual attempts to fire union members on a variety of workplace rule infringements.