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June 10, 1991 | Anne Michaud, Free-lance writer
During a recession that has hit residential real estate hard in Orange County, the building and construction trade unions can take an odd comfort. The unions lost most of their house construction work to non-union builders during the last recession, in 1982, and never got it back. From handling almost 90% of total construction a decade ago, union workers are building about 50% of Orange County's projects today.
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June 10, 1991 | Anne Michaud, Free-lance writer
During a recession that has hit residential real estate hard in Orange County, the building and construction trade unions can take an odd comfort. The unions lost most of their house construction work to non-union builders during the last recession, in 1982, and never got it back. From handling almost 90% of total construction a decade ago, union workers are building about 50% of Orange County's projects today.
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December 14, 1989
In reference to "Drivers, Strikers Skirmish at Plant" (Dec. 5), I am writing to point out the underlying meaning of this particular strike in Anaheim: Owl Rock and Sand was recently purchased by Japan's Mitsubishi Corp., and Operating Engineers Local No. 12 is merely the front line of a battle we will all soon be facing. We are quickly becoming nothing more than labor chattel to concerns whose long-term strategy is definitely not to improve the quality of life for the working men and women of this country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1992
The only response to David A. Celestin's bewilderment ("Strikers Resorting to Violence and Intimidation to Gain Ends," Commentary, Aug. 9) at striking drywall workers' refusal to use the "well-defined and peaceful procedure for joining or forming a union" is, what peaceful procedure is that? That wouldn't be the crippled National Labor Relations Act. The only reason it still exists is because it works so well for stifling organizing. This suggestion is made in the same country that allows permanent strike replacements.
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March 6, 1987 | Ken Chavez
Union officials in Orange County--angry over the hiring of non-union and out-of-state labor to build a Marriott hotel in Newport Beach--led more than 100 hard hat and blue jean-clad construction workers in a demonstration Thursday at the Anaheim Marriott hotel.
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March 22, 1988 | MICHAEL FLAGG, Times Staff Writer
On their June 7 election ballots, Orange County voters will read that a slow-growth initiative would make the county's traffic mess "worse, not better." A few paragraphs away, they also will read that the initiative would provide "an incentive for balanced growth."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1992 | Dana Parsons
H ey, what's with you guys? Can't you follow a simple script? Let's go over this one more time: Look, you hang drywall. You bust your hump all week and make peanuts. Most of you come from Mexico. Some are in this country legally, some not. In any case, don't cause trouble. Then there are home builders who hire you. They're the ones with the boats and the martinis. They live in the houses you build. They have the friends in high places.
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December 5, 1985 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
Forty would-be investors who attended a luncheon seminar at the Westin South Coast Plaza Wednesday found themselves in the middle of a new union campaign to keep nonunion labor out of commercial construction. At the front door of the hotel, they were handed burgundy-hued pamphlets with the name Birtcher printed at the top, very similar to the slick, informational brochures distributed by that Laguna Niguel-based commercial development and investment company.
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July 1, 1992 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 400 drywall installers and their families marched at the county courthouse Tuesday to dramatize their walkout against Southern California's beleaguered building industry as the strike enters its second month. Under a hot midday sun, shouts of "Si, Se Puede!"--"Yes, It Can Be Done!"--echoed off the towering building in Santa Ana as office workers and lawyers in pin-striped suits stared curiously.
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July 3, 1992 | LEN HALL and MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After a tense, two-hour standoff, 149 angry drywall workers were arrested Thursday after police said they stormed a Mission Viejo construction site and took hostages. The hostages were released unharmed, but the confrontation resulted in the first group arrest yet in the 5-week-old walkout by drywall installers, who are demanding a union and higher wages for installing plasterboard on the frames of new homes throughout Southern California.
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