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October 29, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Australia-based Qantas Airlines grounded flights across the globe Saturday amid an intensifying labor dispute that is disrupting international travel for thousands of passengers. The company's domestic and international departures were canceled after Qantas announced that it is locking out workers represented by three of its employee unions, including those that represent pilots and baggage handlers. Qantas advised its customers not to go to the airport until further notice and said a full refund will be available to any customer who chooses to cancel a flight.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By David Ng
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra who have been locked out in a contract dispute with management since 2012 have scheduled 10 concerts for 2014 with the possibility of more. The musicians said in an announcement Friday on their website that the concerts would be self-produced with no involvement from orchestra management. The concert series , which begins Jan. 10, will feature prominent soloists, including violinists Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman, and a return visit from conductor Osmo Vänskä, who resigned as music director of the orchestra in October because of the ongoing dispute.
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SPORTS
January 3, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Negotiations between the NHL and the players association resumed Thursday at the league's Manhattan offices following lengthy talks that went past midnight EST and involved a federal mediator for the third time. Although it was widely assumed the league and union would reconvene at 10 a.m., NHLPA representatives had never agreed to that time. They requested time to update members before returning to the bargaining table, which happened shortlly soon after 12:30 p.m. [Updated at 11:35 a.m.: The meeting ended around 11 a.m. PST. It's likely, but not certain, that the sides will meet again later Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2013 | By David Ng
The Minnesota Orchestra, which has been embroiled in a labor dispute for the past 12 months, has lost its music director, Osmo Vänskä. The Finnish conductor announced his resignation Tuesday morning as hopes for a resolution between management and musicians fell through once again. Vänskä, who joined the orchestra in 2003 and whose contract was set to expire in 2015, said in a statement that it was a "very sad day" and that he sends his "deepest thanks to everyone involved for what we have achieved together.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Work on Colombia's biggest-ever construction project, a $6.47-billion refinery called Reficar going up near the coastal city of Cartagena, has ground to a halt amid ongoing labor strife, the latest in a series of setbacks that has contributed to delays and billions in cost overruns on the megaproject.   The strike is only the latest in Colombia's fast-growing energy and mining sectors.  The most notable impacts have been a slowdown this year in the country's oil boom and a possible decline in coal exports for the first time in a decade, both partly the result of labor strikes.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
During the same period that American Airlines struggled through a labor dispute with its pilots, the carrier's on-time performance dropped to 58% in September. The nation's largest airlines arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time an average of 83% of the time, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation. That's an improvement over the 79% on-time performance in August. Fort Worth-based American Airlines had the worst on-time performance of all major airlines in September, according to the data released Thursday.
SPORTS
December 14, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
After two days of federal mediation, a top Obama administration official had something to say about the NHL's prolonged labor dispute. In fact, it happened to be the official at the very top: President Obama. Frank Vascellaro, a reporter for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, had the chance to interview the president and asked about the lockout. He pointed out that Minnesota is known as a hockey state and asked if Obama would be "willing to intervene" in the matter. The president gave a fairly lengthy answer but, unfortunately for hockey fans, it does not appear as though he would be getting involved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2009 | Evelyn Larrubia
As a stay-at-home mother, Vanessa Madrid has the luxury of donating lots of time to her daughter's Covina preschool, preparing lunches, aiding teachers, attending the Head Start program's parent meetings and joining its advisory group. She said she was delighted when the other parents elected her as their representative to the board of Options, a government-funded provider of preschool and after-school care to 9,000 low-income San Gabriel Valley children.
SPORTS
January 9, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
When tensions grew high during the last stage of collective bargaining negotiations between the NHL and the players union and the two sides couldn't sit in the same room, federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh kept the talks alive. Beckenbaugh, deputy director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, shuttled back and forth between the offices of the league and the union, helping broker the tentative deal they reached early Sunday morning. Some grateful fans suggested Beckenbaugh be named the league's MVP this season … and one Ducks season ticket holder from Silver Lake took it a step further.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By David Ng
George Mitchell, the former U.S. senator from Maine, has worked to broker peace in the Middle East and Northern Ireland. He was partnered with Major League Baseball to get to the bottom of its steroid scandal. And now it appears that Mitchell is lending a hand to the world of classical music by serving as a negotiator between the Minnesota Orchestra and its musicians. The Minnesota Star Tribune has cited unnamed sources who said that Mitchell met last week in Washington, D.C., with representatives of management and labor to work out a possible settlement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
All three members of a board that settles labor disputes for Los Angeles County government's 100,000 employees resigned unexpectedly this week, citing concerns that the agency's independence is being eroded. The action by the members of the Employee Relations Commission comes in the midst of contentious labor negotiations between county government and its largest employees union. The commissioners said their resignation was sparked by a recent change in the county's contract with hearing officers who listen to labor grievances and recommend how the commission should decide them.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By David Ng
The Minnesota Orchestra, which has been stuck in limbo due to an intractable labor dispute, has released the results of an independent financial review that showed the orchestra has faced a budget deficit totaling more than $22 million in the past three fiscal years.  Results of the study also showed that the orchestra will continue to face serious financial challenges going forward and is in risk of spending down its endowment if it fails to...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
After the coffee. Before the New York Times comes back online.   The Skinny: Anyone reading "Gone Girl"? I'm apparently late to the psychopathic party. Another reading recommendation: A deep interview with  Paul DePodesta, of "Moneyball" fame, on the Nautilus website. Today's headlines including the continuing dispute between the WGA and Peacock Productions and the New York Times outage. Daily Dose: As of this writing, the New York Times' website is down.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Work on Colombia's biggest-ever construction project, a $6.47-billion refinery called Reficar going up near the coastal city of Cartagena, has ground to a halt amid ongoing labor strife, the latest in a series of setbacks that has contributed to delays and billions in cost overruns on the megaproject.   The strike is only the latest in Colombia's fast-growing energy and mining sectors.  The most notable impacts have been a slowdown this year in the country's oil boom and a possible decline in coal exports for the first time in a decade, both partly the result of labor strikes.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By David Ng
George Mitchell, the former U.S. senator from Maine, has worked to broker peace in the Middle East and Northern Ireland. He was partnered with Major League Baseball to get to the bottom of its steroid scandal. And now it appears that Mitchell is lending a hand to the world of classical music by serving as a negotiator between the Minnesota Orchestra and its musicians. The Minnesota Star Tribune has cited unnamed sources who said that Mitchell met last week in Washington, D.C., with representatives of management and labor to work out a possible settlement.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2013 | By Richard Verrier and Meg James
The producers of the soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are shutting down production earlier than expected, citing a labor dispute. The Online Network said in a statement Wednesday night that it was beginning a long-planned hiatus for both shows Thursday instead of June 17 because of a dispute with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents crew members. "The hiatus is scheduled to end on August 12 pending resolution of this labor issue," TOLN said.
SPORTS
January 7, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss who came out on top after the NHL's extended labor dispute, which appeared to come to an end with a tentative agreement on Sunday. Feel free to join the conversation with a comment of your own. Harvey Fialkov, South Florida Sun Sentinel Although NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the greedy owners got their 50-50 hockey-related revenue split, a 7% percent decrease for the players, NHLPA leader Donald Fehr got the better of the deal on maximum length of contracts, next year's $64.3-million salary cap and a more defined pension plan.
SPORTS
January 19, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
In full-page advertisements this week in newspapers across North America — including this one — the National Hockey League told fans it wanted to "apologize to you for the time we've missed," its quaint spin on the lockout it imposed and the labor dispute that delayed the season's opening. There now, don't you feel better? The ad was signed "The National Hockey League," not "Commissioner Gary Bettman," maybe on the premise fans are more likely to welcome back the league itself than the commissioner who has presided over a lost season and two lockout-shortened versions.
SPORTS
January 10, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
As the clock ticks hurriedly to NHL's opening day on Jan. 19, the Ducks gathered Thursday at Honda Center for an informal practice to gauge their conditioning before the 48-game sprint in this lockout-shortened season. "From what I saw, the guys have taken care of themselves and I think we'll be ready to go," said left wing Matt Beleskey, who spent three months of the layoff playing for the Coventry Blaze in England - the team covering his expenses, the left wing funding hisinsurance.
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