March 28, 2000 |
In the three years since Kristina Miller became a teacher at Alexandria Street School north of downtown Los Angeles, she has been bounced from grade to grade like a penny on a kettle drum. The fact that she has been reassigned three times in her brief career is no reflection on her abilities as a teacher. Rather, it's because she ranks 74th out of 87 on the school seniority list.
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September 10, 1999
A Superior Court judge on Thursday certified a class-action lawsuit by 119 former Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers, who allege that their seniority and qualifications were overlooked when they started working for the Sheriff's Department. The MTA's police force was merged into the Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department in 1997.
September 5, 1999 |
Question: About a year ago, we took out one of those 125% mortgages at 11.25% interest on our home. We used the money to pay off our credit cards and other high-interest rate loans. The payment relief was wonderful, but now we must sell our home due to a job transfer. Our problem is how to sell our home, which has a mortgage that's way above its market value. There is no way we can pay the lender about $40,000 more than our house is worth.
December 1, 1998 |
A white teacher accused of racial insensitivity for reading a book titled "Nappy Hair" to her black and Hispanic pupils requested a transfer out of her Brooklyn school district, saying she fears for her life. "I can't take the fear and wondering every day what might happen," Ruth Sherman said.
November 3, 1998 |
Reacting to low oil prices and the effects of the sale of nonstrategic assets, Occidental Petroleum Corp. is cutting 80 jobs at its Westwood headquarters and transferring 150 other workers to its recently established Oxy Services subsidiary. The corporate staff will shrink to fewer than 190 after the moves are complete, down from 443 at the beginning of the year, according to a letter sent to headquarters employees last Tuesday by Occidental Petroleum President Dale R. Laurance.
September 27, 1998 |
Faced with child-care emergencies, growing workloads and other demands on their nerves and time, many American workers are resorting to an old ploy: They're playing hooky. The comeback in absenteeism in many American workplaces is reflected in a new survey showing that unscheduled no-shows shot up 25% over the last year, hitting the highest level since 1991.
August 9, 1998 |
The commanding officer of an air squadron involved in the deaths of 20 Italian skiers was relieved of his duties and reassigned, the Marine Corps said Saturday. The military says an EA-6B Prowler from the squadron of Lt. Col. Richard Muegge was flying too low and too fast on a Feb. 3 training mission when it severed two lift cables in the Italian Alps, dropping the gondola carrying the skiers to the ground.
July 20, 1998 |
After 25 mostly happy years as a salesman and manager in the packaging and food industries, Denis A. Leonhardt suffered a bad jolt in 1996 when he was laid off from a $65,000-a-year job. Last month, he finally went back to work--as a $13.50-an-hour computer technician. Leonhardt, 56, who shares a Dana Point apartment with his wife, Diana, said the comedown to a job paying less than half of what he once earned "is hard. Our lifestyle has obviously changed.
June 24, 1998 |
Preferred Credit Corp. is laying off 41 of its approximately 300 workers and transferring 21 others from its Irvine headquarters to Texas. The moves are part of an ongoing restructuring of the mortgage lender by the Minneapolis investment firm NJK Holdings, which acquired Preferred last October. Last month, about 25 workers were dismissed. Under the restructuring, Preferred will focus on the wholesale loan business, while Cashnet Financial Group Inc.
June 21, 1998 |
It wasn't divorce, a husband's death or an independent streak that pushed Hisako Kawaguchi into six years as a single mother. It was company orders. Her husband, Haruo, was shifted by his pharmaceutical company to a provincial branch office, turning the couple and their three children into one of the hundreds of thousands of Japanese families split up by job transfers. "I was so exhausted by the end of the week," said Hisako Kawaguchi, who is a research librarian for the same company.