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March 12, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Peterson, a former college soccer star, is now playing a bruising game of hardball as a Seattle labor leader. Just ask the heavy hitters at Nordstrom, the opponent he has been clobbering. The tiny Nordstrom chain has portrayed Peterson as a desperate union official who is manipulating the news media to spread irresponsible allegations that it abuses its sales staff. "He'll stop at nothing to defame the company in this fight," said Nordstrom spokeswoman Kellie Tormey.
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BUSINESS
March 12, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Peterson, a former college soccer star, is now playing a bruising game of hardball as a Seattle labor leader. Just ask the heavy hitters at Nordstrom, the opponent he has been clobbering. The tiny Nordstrom chain has portrayed Peterson as a desperate union official who is manipulating the news media to spread irresponsible allegations that it abuses its sales staff. "He'll stop at nothing to defame the company in this fight," said Nordstrom spokeswoman Kellie Tormey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1989
A 19-year-old Vista man was injured Thursday when a military training device he found in a dumpster exploded in his hand. The device, a booby-trap simulator, was clearly marked with the word Caution , but the victim is illiterate, Sheriff's Lt. Bob Trevino said. Michael Joe Peterson was taken to a local hospital and treated for first-degree burns and cuts on his right hand and shoulder. He was later released. Peterson, who is unemployed, apparently was scavenging for aluminum cans when he came across the simulator in a dumpster in the 300 block of Weston Circle in Vista.
BUSINESS
February 4, 1990 | BOB BAKER, TIMES LABOR WRITER
Like many Nordstrom salespeople, Michelle Darby joined the retail chain after falling in love with its tradition of service, a legendary system in which individual "sales associates" operate almost as entrepreneurs, splashing lavish attention on customers and sometimes earning big commissions. Darby, a 42-year-old career woman who has worked for the past 10 months in one of Nordstrom's Southern California stores, says she has been nervous ever since.
NEWS
January 2, 1988
Beginning today, many outdoor types will be going indoors. It has nothing to do with the weather. They'll be attending a show at the Anaheim Convention Center, where more than 600 exhibitors will be touting their wares at a three-in-one show featuring sports activities and equipment, West Coast travel and recreational vehicles. Kay and Joe Peterson, who have lived full time in a recreational vehicle for the last 18 years, will present daily seminars on the RV life style.
BUSINESS
November 7, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Nordstrom department store chain has reached a final settlement with federal officials on six unfair labor practices charges. But a union representing some store employees plans to file new claims charging that Nordstrom is already violating the agreement. Nordstrom's settlement with the National Labor Relations Board marks the latest turn in a bitter 15-month struggle between the Seattle-based retailer and two locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
BUSINESS
February 24, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Nordstrom department store chain, accused of pressuring employees to put in extra hours without pay, said Friday that it is refining its timekeeping procedures to do a better job of tracking how long its sales staff works. But a union official representing nearly 2,000 Nordstrom workers in the Seattle area, where the company is based, said the changes do not go far enough.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1990 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal labor officials on Wednesday supported charges that the Nordstrom department store chain engaged in unlawful efforts to eliminate union representation, including paying employees to attend anti-union rallies. A company official said the Seattle-based chain would move quickly to settle the most recent charges by the National Labor Relations Board in what has become a lengthy and messy workplace dispute.
BUSINESS
March 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
A petition has been filed to decertify the union representing employees at Nordstrom Inc.'s Tacoma store, the retailer said. Nordstrom said Sunday that it was notified of the filing by the National Labor Relations Board. The store has 310 employees represented by Local 367 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. To hold a decertification election, at least 30% of the employees in a bargaining unit must sign the petition.
BUSINESS
May 11, 1990 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nordstrom reported a sharp drop in earnings for the quarter ended April 30, blaming the problem on competitive pricing and expenses that rose, in part, because of a dispute between management and labor. But a union representing some Nordstrom employees contended that the Seattle-based specialty retailer, known for its superior customer service, is suffering from a serious erosion in consumer confidence because of its labor conflicts.
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