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December 15, 1989 | JANE APPLEGATE
Southern California's diverse and growing ethnic population can create communication problems for small, Anglo-owned businesses that employ workers of diverse nationalities. The changing work force has prompted some companies to offer in-house English classes or other incentives for their employees to improve their language skills. But language wasn't the only problem plaguing Mintie Corp., a specialized industrial cleaning and maintenance company located in Los Angeles near the Glendale border.
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November 30, 1999 | NANCY CLEELAND and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
No one can say Lilia Guzman didn't give Los Angeles an honest try. But after 15 years of going nowhere in South-Central, the weary garment worker from Acapulco was ready for a fresh start. In 1994, she packed up her husband and four kids and headed east. Guzman followed her dream to the land of quickie weddings and Elvis impersonators, a place where possibilities seemed as vast as the desert horizon and taking risks was as natural as breathing.
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July 12, 1990 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite opposition from a vocal minority who briefly disrupted the NAACP's national convention, the civil rights group Wednesday approved a resolution calling for a repeal of penalties against employers who hire illegal immigrant workers. The vote gives a major boost to the drive to abolish employer sanctions and helps salve wounds that have developed in the relationship between the NAACP and Latino groups.
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July 22, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Escalating a four-year labor dispute, Southern California rabbis today will urge a halt to Jewish donations to USC as they link the hardship of university workers with their own sacred fast day dedicated to commemorating community suffering and loss. The action, aimed at obtaining job security for USC food and housing workers, comes on the fast day of Tisha b'Av. The day of mourning marks the ancient destruction of the two Jerusalem temples and the long history of other Jewish calamities.
NEWS
January 21, 1992 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blacks have made substantial gains in securing white-collar jobs in California, but Latinos are falling behind other minorities in holding the same kind of positions, the Legislature was told Monday. Making it worse for Latinos, the Senate Office of Research reported, is the fact that the number of blue-collar jobs in which they are concentrated is shrinking as the state continues to shift from manufacturing to service industries.
NEWS
September 28, 1986 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
More than five years after settling a federal lawsuit by agreeing to hire more minority members and women, the Los Angeles Police Department remains beset by de facto segregation and racial tension, as well as resentment of female officers, The Times has found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1988 | BOB JAMES, Times Staff Writer
A former officer has filed a $1-million lawsuit charging that the Los Angeles Police Department routinely denies promotions and pay raises to Latino officers. The discrimination suit filed Wednesday was brought by Ernest F. Valdez, a patrolman in the Northeast and Central divisions from 1980 to 1985. Valdez alleges that promotions are controlled by a small band of Christian fundamentalists who manipulate test scores and only promote officers who share their religious beliefs.
NEWS
December 31, 1989 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven garment workers who cooperated with a recent federal crackdown on Orange County sweatshops now say they have been blacklisted, intimidated or forced to give kickbacks to their bosses, prompting a second round of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor.
BUSINESS
August 9, 1988 | LINDA WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Southern California's aerospace industry was criticized sharply by a Congressional committee Monday for failing to hire and promote more black and Latino workers. A report issued by the House Education and Labor Committee said the proportion of those two minorities in the industry's work force "remained relatively unchanged or worsened" between 1980 and 1986.
BUSINESS
September 5, 1988 | Associated Press
Sweatshops continue to exist in the United States, with businesses in the restaurant, apparel manufacturing and meat-processing industries the worst offenders, said a government report released Sunday. The General Accounting Office report said Hispanics and Asians were the ethnic groups most heavily represented among workers in restaurant and apparel sweatshops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1999 | MARGARET CHAPMAN
Thousands of Latinas gathered at the Biltmore on Friday to provide career guidance, motivation and role models to a new generation of women and to honor their own. Among those recognized at the National Hispanic Women's Conference was Maria Contreras-Sweet, recently appointed as state secretary of business, transportation and housing. The Los Angeles woman, a former business executive, delivered the keynote speech at a noon luncheon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1997 | JON STEINMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Latino rights group boycotting Walt Disney Co. and its ABC television network announced Tuesday it has asked federal regulators to cancel operating permits for three Disney-owned radio stations. At the entrance to Disney Studios, the National Hispanic Media Coalition said it had filed challenges with the Federal Communications Commission, contending the stations have failed to hire enough Latinos.
NEWS
November 11, 1996 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
We awoke ready to work. As grueling as our trip had been, and as gruesome as our lodging turned out to be, we were all anxious to make the most of our time at Hudson Foods, the giant chicken processor that had brought us from the Mexican border to the foothills of this Ozark town. We'd been told to meet at 8 a.m. in front of the Ginger Blue, a decrepit resort that was doubling as a migrant camp. But when my seven traveling companions and I showed up, the lobby was deserted.
NEWS
November 10, 1996 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a sweltering South Texas afternoon, the kind that stifles everything but the cactus and mesquite, Greyhound bus No. 6462 pulled away from the Mexican border and set off for the American heartland. We were headed north to work, seven strangers and I, none too certain of where we would end up or what to expect once we arrived. We'd all seen the help-wanted ad offering to send us to Missouri, to a place where the chicken factories were hiring.
BUSINESS
July 20, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Denny's to Boost Opportunities for Latinos: Flagstar Cos., the parent of 2,500 Denny's restaurants, signed an agreement with the Hispanic Assn. on Corporate Responsibility that calls for greater recruitment and promotion of Latino employees for managerial posts and as franchise owners. The HACR is a coalition of eight Latino organizations. The agreement is separate from the $54.7-million settlement of two lawsuits charging racial discrimination of Denny's customers.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1994 | From Associated Press
Latinos, one of the most affluent ethnic groups in the country, held director positions last year on just 94 of the Fortune 1,000 companies, said a study released recently. The study by the Hispanic Assn. on Corporate Responsibility, a Washington-based watchdog group, also said Latinos held no corporate director positions within entire industries such as aerospace, pharmaceuticals and toys-sporting goods.
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July 22, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Escalating a four-year labor dispute, Southern California rabbis today will urge a halt to Jewish donations to USC as they link the hardship of university workers with their own sacred fast day dedicated to commemorating community suffering and loss. The action, aimed at obtaining job security for USC food and housing workers, comes on the fast day of Tisha b'Av. The day of mourning marks the ancient destruction of the two Jerusalem temples and the long history of other Jewish calamities.
NEWS
September 7, 1993 | DAVID FREED
By law, California's occupational safety and health program (Cal/OSHA) investigates industrial accidents in which workers are killed or seriously injured. The outcomes of those cases can vary greatly. Under a schedule strengthened last year, a company can be fined up to $7,000 for each serious violation of health and safety standards, and $70,000 for repeated and willful violations. Rarely, however, are the maximum fines imposed.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 1994 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaders of two Latino journalists organizations said late last week they were pleased with management changes at KNBC-TV Channel 4, which they believe show a commitment to the hiring and promotion of Latinos in the newsroom. "We're definitely happy, and we think what KNBC is doing will make a change," said Al Reyes, head of the California Chicano News Media Assn.
NEWS
September 8, 1993 | DAVID FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Senate's Industrial Relations Committee will conduct special hearings to investigate a report that California's occupational safety and health agency (Cal/OSHA) has failed to adequately protect Latinos working in local factories, the committee's chairman said Tuesday. State Sen.
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