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."
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2001 |
Ventura County farm workers can learn about their rights under state labor law and changes occurring within the farm industry at a forum Wednesday. The event is being sponsored by the Oxnard office of California Rural Legal Assistance and the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Changes in state employment and labor laws, and new regulations designed to protect laborers from pesticide exposure will be discussed. The forum will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.
November 26, 1993
Ruth M. Friedman, 48, administrative law judge for the California Personnel Board and former law professor. Educated at UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago Law School, she had heard state employee discipline and termination cases for the last decade. She sat as an administrative law judge from 1980 to 1982 for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, hearing labor disputes.