April 12, 1995 |
In a sign of escalating tensions in the weeklong strike by non-union carpenters, an Irvine contractor has brought a lawsuit against the Carpenters Union for allegedly using violence and threats to disrupt two major apartment building projects in Orange County. Following the suit by Regis Contractors Inc., Superior Court Judge C.
April 4, 1995 |
Non-union carpenters walked off 18 housing construction sites around Southern California on Monday to protest what they said were unfair low wages paid by housing contractors. The regional offices of the carpenters union, which organized the walkout, said several thousand carpenters, mainly Latino, had left their jobs to protest wages that typically are $80 a day--less than half the prevailing union level of $180 a day in wages and benefits.
September 25, 1992 |
After a summer of picketing, vandalism and lawsuits, drywall workers won a major victory Thursday when some of Southern California's largest drywall subcontractors agreed to negotiate with a union to settle the 4-month-old strike. The subcontractors, who met Thursday, issued a one-sentence statement saying "a number" of them had agreed to talk to the carpenters union about representing 4,000 drywall workers in Southern California.
September 24, 1992 |
Drywall subcontractors were to meet today at a secret location and discuss whether to settle a rash of lawsuits in return for agreeing to a union for their workers. Hundreds of workers walked out June 1 demanding higher wages and a union. The business of hanging drywall in houses employs 4,000 in Southern California, which makes the organizing drive the nation's largest, union officials say. Drywall is hung in broad sheets to form the inner walls of buildings.
September 22, 1992 |
Is the drywall strike that has slowed home building across Southern California near an end? Drywall subcontractors are to meet Thursday on whether to let employees have a union--a major breakthrough for the strikers. Until recently, most subcontractors had bitterly opposed a union. But after three months of fighting pickets, construction-site vandalism and lawsuits, some subcontractors now favor settling the strike.
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September 4, 1992 |
Striking drywall workers filed nine more class-action lawsuits Thursday against drywall companies for allegedly violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and not paying any overtime. The lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, bring the number of class actions against previous employers to 15, said Robert A. Cantore, a labor attorney who filed the actions on behalf of 1,000 striking drywall workers in Orange, Riverside, San Diego and San Bernardino counties.