November 6, 1998 |
From the symbolic to the bottom line, Gov.-elect Gray Davis can be expected to change labor relations significantly in California, or so labor leaders and their advocates hope. Davis has declared that the improvement of public schools is his top priority. He has already announced that he will convene a special session of the Legislature to deal with education. But the Democrat, who won a landslide victory Tuesday, owes much of his success to organized labor.
June 10, 1987 |
President Reagan somehow took great comfort from last Friday's government report that showed the nation's jobless rate remained steady in May--at a hefty 6.3%. A White House spokesman with Reagan in Venice called the latest jobless rate "good unemployment news on the eve of the economic summit."
May 2, 1996 |
An idealistic, politically minded son of Mexican immigrants, 20-year-old Rafael Garcia Jr. calls the late, legendary United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez one of his idols. This summer, Garcia hopes to start walking in Chavez's footsteps. Garcia, a sociology major at Santa Monica College, is one of the 800 to 1,000 students, young rank-and-file union members and activists from across the country who are being chosen for the AFL-CIO's Union Summer program.
December 9, 1997 |
California's unions, bucking the continuing declines in membership nationally for organized labor, have started to attract more workers. New figures developed by a Florida State University economist, David A. Macpherson, show that union membership in California rose to 2.08 million during the first 10 months of 1997. That was up 21,000 from the 1996 level. Experts say California's increase comes mainly from the large pool of low-wage immigrant workers.
September 25, 2012 |
Cesar Chavez died in 1993, but the Mexican American labor leader's prominence continues to grow. Streets in many American cities bear his name; his face appeared on a postage stamp; President Obama embraced Chavez's slogan, " Sí, se puede " ("Yes, it can be done") in his 2008 campaign; and Apple featured the United Farm Workers founder in its "think different" campaign. These honors have all served to heighten public awareness of Chavez, who for a time seemed to be winning the battle to bring justice to the farm fields of California.
October 29, 1999
* The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board set a date of Dec. 7 to hear objections filed in an election to represent pickers at the nation's largest strawberry grower. Workers at Coastal Berry Co. in Oxnard and Watsonville cast ballots in June in the contest pitting the United Farm Workers union against Coastal Berry Farm Workers Committee. The committee won the battle at the ballot box, but the UFW filed 234 objections; the board has dismissed 135 of those. * Ford Motor Co.