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November 8, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Alana Semuels
Ohioans voted Tuesday to overturn the state's new law limiting collective bargaining rights for public employees, a victory for organized labor and their Democratic allies in the key electoral battleground. With 25% of precincts reporting, the "no" votes for Issue 2 -- votes for repealing Senate Bill 5 -- had a 63-37% advantage. The Associated Press called the race at 9:16 pm ET. The vote marks a setback for Ohio Gov. John Kasich who, along with other newly-elected Republicans this year, sought to limit public sector workers' ability to collectively bargain.
March 26, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Northwestern University football players have the right to form a union, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday, setting the stage for potential dramatic change to the college sports landscape. Peter Sung Ohr, in Chicago, ruled that "players receiving scholarships from the employer are 'employees'" and ordered that an election be conducted to determine whether Northwestern players wanted representation by the College Athletes Players Assn. for the purposes of collective bargaining.
July 20, 2001 | Reuters
A group of 17,000 Boeing Co. workers targeted by union organizers voted overwhelmingly to reject a collective bargaining proposal, officials said. Seattle-area Boeing workers in various technical and administrative jobs voted 13,142 to 2,329, or 85% to 15%, to remain independent, according to the local National Labor Relations Board office, which oversaw the balloting. The International Assn.
January 30, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
We've all been there at some point, sitting in a restaurant ordering dinner when the waiter sneezes and mumbles an apologetic, "Sorry, I'm fighting a cold. " Why is he at work? Especially at a job that brings him close to other people? Maybe it is because he can't afford to miss the shift, something that a recently introduced Assembly bill could help remedy. AB 1522, introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), would require companies to provide a minimum of three days annual paid sick leave for any employee not covered by a collective bargaining agreement (which usually includes sick leave guarantees)
April 22, 1990 | RICK ICAZA, Icaza is president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770. He is also president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. and
I believe unions should do more than negotiate for better pay and benefits. That's important, and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, which I lead, has won some of the best wages and benefits for food workers anywhere. But many problems faced by our 30,000 union members transcend collective bargaining. In Los Angeles, a big concern is owning your own home. It used to be a top goal for working families, especially young people just starting out. Many of our members are younger workers.
Pro football will resume without a collective bargaining agreement when training camps open in July, representatives of the players said Tuesday. It will be the NFL's fourth year without such an agreement, and, they said, it is unlikely that there will ever be one again. "Individual bargaining is the wave of the future in major league sports--as baseball and basketball have proved," Tom De Paso, an NFL Players Assn. attorney, said from Washington.
The Surf City Lifeguards Employee Assn., an organization representing about 80 seasonal lifeguards, will be recognized by the city, officials announced Friday. "In my opinion they meet all the guidelines to allow us to recognize them," William H. Osness, city personnel director, said. Richard J. Silber, a Huntington Beach attorney representing the part-time, seasonal lifeguards, called the city's recognition a landmark decision.
April 18, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Ailing Twinkies maker Hostess Brands Inc. is going toe-to-toe with its workers' unions in a courtroom clash that the company said may lead to its liquidation. Hostess is trying to persuade a federal bankruptcy judge in New York to allow it to reject existing collective bargaining agreements with the Teamsters and bakers' unions. The maker of Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January, three years after emerging from its last bankruptcy.
April 2, 1987 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
In the next six months, sports fans are going to be treated to negotiations on new collective bargaining agreements for players from the National Football League and the National Basketball Assn. A year after that, it'll be time for baseball's talks. Not to preempt all the fascinating developments you were looking forward to, but there are some things all owners and players can be expected to agree on: --Times are tough. --Someone is making out like a bandit. --It's not them.
January 17, 2012 | By Joseph A. McCartin
On Jan. 17, 1962, President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988, bringing collective bargaining rights to most federal workers for the first time. Kennedy's order might be the least known of the string of significant events that made the 1960s such crucial years in American history. At the time Kennedy acted, very few workers at any level of government had won the right to bargain collectively with their employers. Federal action helped inspire many states and localities to follow suit, allowing their own workers to organize.
October 13, 2013 | By Steve Forbes
The heroic effort of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2011 to rein in public employee unions has started to produce results. One of Walker's reforms required a majority of members to vote each year to certify the union as its representative. Since that simple change took effect, 13% of Wisconsin's teacher and public employee unions have been decertified because they can't get enough employees to vote to keep the union and pay union dues. When given a choice, it seems public employees themselves don't necessarily support union policies.
June 20, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The NBA has cast doubt on the proposed trade between the Clippers and Boston Celtics because a coach cannot be traded for a player under the collective bargaining agreement, said a person familiar with the talks who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The deal that has been discussed and was close to being completed was Boston sending the rights to Coach Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks. The person said that even if the Clippers and Celtics break the trade into two transactions, the NBA would frown upon that because the Clippers are trying to get Rivers more than anything else.
June 6, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Wal-Mart wages are so low they force many of its employees onto the public doles, creating a drag on taxpayers and the economy, according to a new report from the staff of Congressional Democrats. The report analyzes data from Wisconsin's Medicaid program, estimating that a single 300-person, Wal-Mart Supercenter store in that state likely costs taxpayers at least $904,542 per year and could cost up to $1,744,590 per year, or roughly $5,815 per employee. “While employers like Wal-Mart seek to reap significant profits through the depression of labor costs, the social costs of this low-wage strategy are externalized,” conclude the report's authors, the Democratic staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
April 3, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles controller and mayoral hopeful Wendy Greuel said Wednesday she would consider raising the retirement age for current city workers, along with other changes to the city's pension systems, to help Los Angeles close persistent budget gaps. But Greuel, in comments at Cal State Northridge, said she would seek changes only through collective bargaining, not by forcing new rules on workers. Consulting with both business and labor would help break the "paralysis" at City Hall and is a key difference between herself and her opponent, Councilman Eric Garcetti, Greuel said during an appearance at the university's Career Center, where she was endorsed by San Fernando Valley Congressman Brad Sherman.
February 23, 2013
Thanks to the NBA's new CBA, the trade deadline was DOA. The reluctance of teams to assume future salaries or part with increasingly coveted draft picks under the constricting collective bargaining agreement meant that nearly all was quiet on the Western (and Eastern) fronts Thursday. Dwight Howard remained a Laker. Josh Smith stayed in Atlanta. Eric Bledsoe didn't have to buy change-of-address cards to denote he was a former Clipper. There was little movement of note, unless you count part-time starting shooting guard J.J. Redick going from one bad team (Orlando)
January 7, 2013 | Helene Elliott
It's why our games have shootouts, extra innings, overtime or penalty kicks. Sports fans like to have a clearly defined winner and loser, and they want to pass judgment quickly. Ties have become unacceptable even if a deadlock accurately reflects the performance of both teams on a given day. The compulsion to declare who won and who lost the labor dispute that led the NHL to cancel the 2004-05 season drove most observers to decree the league had won, a conclusion that made sense at first glance.
August 26, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, attempting to inject urgency into collective bargaining talks with players, has imposed a deadline of Labor Day weekend to see appreciable progress in the negotiations. If no movement has resulted by then, he will authorize a training-camp lockout, a course that was endorsed by club executives at a board of governors meeting Wednesday in New York. "This is not saber-rattling," an NHL official said.
January 6, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Kings fans had waited 45 years for their beloved team to win the Stanley Cup last June, so it seemed cruel that a labor dispute between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Assn. delayed their chance to see the Kings raise their championship banner at Staples Center. Their wait is now near an end. The league and players' union early Sunday announced a tentative accord on a new collective bargaining agreement that will bring up to 10 years' labor peace to a league that has shut its doors three times because of conflicts.
December 5, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
NEW YORK - A long day of negotiations between players and owners and a meeting of the NHL's Board of Governors on Wednesday produced an agreement on how to split one kind of pie: the thin-crust pizza delivered to hungry reporters at about 11 p.m. by Steve Fehr, special counsel to the NHL Players' Assn. How they will split the financial pie remains in dispute, but people familiar with the discussions said the talks had gained traction through earnest efforts by both sides. However, a new collective bargaining agreement had not been forged after players and owners met separately and jointly over about 10 hours at a Manhattan hotel, breaking up about 1 a.m. Eastern time.
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