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November 30, 1985
As a labor historian, I would like to reinforce an argument that was understated in Eric Mann's article (Opinion, Nov. 10), "American Labor: Laid Off and Left Out." This is that the anti-union policies presently being pursued by American industry, with the tacit support of the Reagan Administration, carry "ominous implications for the future of our society" because--if history is any guide--they are likely to bring in their wake extensive strikes and protest on the part of workers when the political pendulum swings back toward the center, as it is bound to do. In May, 1886, nearly a million U.S. workers, angered by the mid-1870s depression and by the arrogance of early manufacturers who believed they alone had the right to control the workplace, rose up to demand the eight-hour day. The American Federation of Labor came into being as a result.
November 27, 1988
We were struck by the pessimistic review of the frozen yogurt business in your Nov. 7 Monday report, "Yogurt: Southland's Cup Runneth Over." Undeniably there is reason for pessimism when dozens of small "mom and pop" and franchised stores are closing, although the sheer proliferation of yogurt stores is a factor. We would, however, question whether the "yogurt store on every corner" syndrome is the only cause of distress. Couldn't it also be the maturing of the industry and the obsolescence of franchise corporation marketing concepts to which all franchise and most independents subscribe?
October 26, 1985 | JIM MANN, Times Staff Writer
Four years ago, Liao Zhureng spent her days cultivating rice, wading through the paddies near her thatch-roofed cottage in this small farming village in Sichuan province. Now, Liao, 30, works in a small garment factory in the village, stamping red labels on khaki shirts. On the whole, she says, she likes the new job, which has enabled her family to rebuild the cottage and to buy a television set. But she admits that she still finds the work a little tense.
August 10, 2009 | Ben Fritz
On a recent Saturday night, Savannah Stern earned $300 to hang out for seven hours at a party in Santa Monica wearing nothing but a feather boa. The veteran of more than 350 hard-core pornography productions took the job to earn extra cash and to network. But the word at the 35th anniversary party for Hustler magazine was not heartening, especially among the roughly 75 other women working there. "At least five girls I haven't seen in a while came up to me and said, 'Savannah, are you working?
March 27, 2009 | Cara Mia DiMassa
The city of Walnut filed suit earlier this week to block a proposed NFL stadium in adjacent Industry, arguing in part that the developer's campaign failed to reach the city's large Asian population. Walnut is a predominantly Asian suburb about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and city officials said in their lawsuit that many residents don't speak English. The suit alleges that the city of Industry did not properly inform Walnut residents in their native tongues about the potential effects of the $800-million stadium.
October 27, 1986 | DONNA K.H. WALTERS, Times Staff Writer
The biotechnology industry is pretty smug these days. Products in health care and diagnosis and even in the agricultural arena are getting approved and into the market faster than even the industry's most glib supporters predicted a mere five years ago. For the most part, the capital the industry needs is there, and, as a group, the companies are back in favor on Wall Street.
December 8, 1992
A 24-year-old La Puente man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and carjacking in an incident outside a mini-market in the City of Industry will be arraigned today in Citrus Municipal Court in West Covina. William Lee Tribble will be charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Mark Garcia and Denise Perez, both 20, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said. The couple was in an AM/PM market parking lot at 13760 Valley Blvd. at 3:15 a.m. on Oct.
August 9, 1987
The Aug. 2 article by Tom Redburn and James Flanigan, "U.S. Firms Regain Competitive Edge," was as well-written as it was informative. Unfortunately, the manufacturing renaissance is not universal among U.S. industries. One of those most at risk is the automotive parts industry. High quality at low cost is a concept just embraced by Detroit. American parts and components suppliers, accustomed to the acceptance of sub-par products, have been unable to meet the quality standards that all auto makers now demand.
June 5, 1989 | David Olmos, Times staff writer
The international race to develop high-definition television has prompted dire warnings about the potential loss of American jobs, technological competitiveness and economic clout if the United States doesn't rise to the challenge. Experts agree that Japan holds a clear lead in development of the televisions of the future, which will have much brighter, sharper picture screens. American industry and government have argued that if the United States loses this race, the domestic electronics industry runs the risk of becoming an also-ran.
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