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December 15, 2012 | By Gregory Karp
CHICAGO - After years of divisive negotiations between United Airlines and its pilots, union members on Saturday ratified a new labor agreement, shedding a bankruptcy-era contract for pilots and marking an important step toward fully integrating United and Continental airlines, which officially merged in 2010. The Air Line Pilots Assn., which over the last couple of years has staged pickets about its lack of a contract and had taken a preliminary strike vote, said 67% of its 10,000 members voted over the last several weeks to ratify the deal, with nearly 98% casting votes.
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November 16, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A new labor agreement between BART and its workers has hit a snag after the Bay Area transit agency acknowledged it mistakenly left what it called a costly provision in the tentative contract. The provision called for giving workers up to six weeks of paid leave a year for BART workers to deal with family health problems. Currently, BART workers must use their own vacation or sick days to get that time off with pay. BART officials said they were worried the provision could cost the agency as much as $44 million over four  years.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A new labor agreement between BART and its workers has hit a snag after the Bay Area transit agency acknowledged it mistakenly left what it called a costly provision in the tentative contract. The provision called for giving workers up to six weeks of paid leave a year for BART workers to deal with family health problems. Currently, BART workers must use their own vacation or sick days to get that time off with pay. BART officials said they were worried the provision could cost the agency as much as $44 million over four  years.
OPINION
August 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The labor agreement announced last week by Mayor Eric Garcetti, members of the City Council and representatives of the union representing Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers is the result of talks begun more than a year ago. Those talks came about, months ahead of schedule, because of a conviction by city budget staff that salary, pension and healthcare costs had to be brought under control, and an acknowledgment by the International Brotherhood...
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August 21, 2013 | By David Zahniser, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council have reached a deal on a four-year package of salaries and benefits with the union representing Department of Water and Power workers, said sources close to the negotiations. Garcetti called a news conference for Thursday morning to discuss the proposed contract with the Local 18 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He did so hours after he met privately with the union's top official at a Silver Lake restaurant.
BUSINESS
June 24, 1986
The two sides agreed to a three-month extension of a contract scheduled to expire July 31 for 6,800 United Steelworkers members because little had been accomplished since preliminary bargaining was interrupted in March. The extension allows Armco to assure its customers that there will be no strike before Nov. 1.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2004 | From Bloomberg News/Associated Press
US Airways Group Inc., which sought bankruptcy protection last week, said it would seek court permission Friday to impose new labor contract terms to reduce costs if tentative agreements with unions couldn't be reached. Chief Executive Bruce Lakefield told workers in a message that the company needed to lower costs to preserve cash. The Arlington, Va.-based carrier has sent the requests for relief to all major unions. The Air Line Pilots Assn.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1999 | Washington Post
Mechanics and aircraft cleaners at US Airways have overwhelmingly approved a new five-year labor contract, eliminating a major strike threat at the nation's sixth-largest airline. A spokesman for the International Assn. of Machinists said 74% of the members voting approved the contract, which covers 7,500 workers. IAM members had rejected an earlier contract agreement in July, and there was concern they might reject the latest offer as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Drivers for the county's largest trash disposal company are set to vote tonight on their first labor contract. About 100 drivers for E.J. Harrison & Sons, based in Ventura, would be covered by the three-year pact. Martel Fraser of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1036 said the agreement provides protection for older workers as the company increases the amount of garbage collected per shift and creates a procedure to adjust the added workload.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1987 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Pacific Southwest Airlines has won labor contract modifications from its 45-member Southwest Crew Controllers Assn. that are a prerequisite to its acquisition by USAir, the company said Wednesday. PSA previously won similar contract changes from its 600-member pilots union and a 12-member flight dispatchers' union. However, PSA has yet to conclude negotiations with the Teamsters Union, which represents 3,000 PSA employees.
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August 21, 2013 | By David Zahniser, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council have reached a deal on a four-year package of salaries and benefits with the union representing Department of Water and Power workers, said sources close to the negotiations. Garcetti called a news conference for Thursday morning to discuss the proposed contract with the Local 18 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He did so hours after he met privately with the union's top official at a Silver Lake restaurant.
OPINION
August 16, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It is to Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson's credit that he scheduled a hearing Friday for the public to weigh in on a proposed contract for the union representing most Department of Water and Power employees. That's true even if the negotiations have been completed, the contract is virtually a done deal and the hearings themselves are part of a political tug-of-war between Mayor Eric Garcetti, who correctly demands more union concessions, and the council. A public airing of labor contract terms is rare, to say the least, but it's a good idea to let ratepayers - who are, after all, a party to the deal because they will be paying the bills - get their say. It's a good idea to let the council members hear it so that they will proceed with the public's words in their ears.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013
Join Times reporters Jack Dolan and Michael Finnegan at 9 a.m. Friday for an L.A. Now Live discussion about several issues involving the L.A. Department of Water and Power. Dolan , Finnegan , Times staff writer David Zahniser  and others have been following the DWP closely. In his latest story , Dolan focused on a little-known clause in the union contract of DWP employees that ensures they can work extra hours and collect even higher wages when private contractors are hired to help them get the job done.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
It's no secret Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees are paid well. But a little-known clause in their union contract ensures they can work extra hours and collect even higher wages when private contractors are hired to help them get the job done. The so-called "outsourcing bonus" traces back to a single sentence inserted into the city-owned utility's labor contract nearly two decades ago. Intended partly to discourage use of private companies with lower labor costs, the contract provision requires DWP managers to offer overtime to any employee who could have performed tasks assigned to a contractor - such as engineering, construction or clerical work.
OPINION
July 28, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Labor negotiations take place behind closed doors, and appropriately so. To reach mutually beneficial results, representatives of both management and employee unions must feel free to put their positions and proposals on the table and to discuss them in confidence. That's as true for labor talks in the public sector, such as those currently underway between the city of Los Angeles and the Department of Water and Power, as for those in private business. But there's a point at which discussions move from being merely quiet to being plain sneaky.
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December 15, 2012 | By Gregory Karp
CHICAGO - After years of divisive negotiations between United Airlines and its pilots, union members on Saturday ratified a new labor agreement, shedding a bankruptcy-era contract for pilots and marking an important step toward fully integrating United and Continental airlines, which officially merged in 2010. The Air Line Pilots Assn., which over the last couple of years has staged pickets about its lack of a contract and had taken a preliminary strike vote, said 67% of its 10,000 members voted over the last several weeks to ratify the deal, with nearly 98% casting votes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1988
The RTD's clerical workers reached an agreement with the transit district just before midnight Thursday on a new labor contract, thus assuring that Los Angeles' largest bus system will continue to roll. Details of the agreement were not immediately disclosed "and we are not giving out the results of the vote at this time," said Arthur Garlick, one of the leaders of the clerical workers' union.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Skeletal picket teams of just one or two union members per cargo terminal are maintaining a strike vigil amid sporadic rain showers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Friday morning. Seven of eight container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles remain closed. Three of six container terminals at the Port of Long Beach are also closed. This is mainly a fight pitting the small, roughly 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit against some of the world's largest shipping lines and terminal operators.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2012 | By David Ng
The start of a new season is usually a celebratory time for an orchestra. But for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the past few days have been a major headache for management and ticket holders. Musicians with the orchestra have been on strike since Saturday after contract negotiations fell through. The orchestra said the disagreement centers mostly around wages and employee contributions toward healthcare costs.  Chicago's orchestra joins a number of other classical groups experiencing labor problems.
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