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May 16, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Kate Linthicum and James Rainey
Union backers of Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel have sent out a new mailer declaring that she would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in L.A., even as Greuel and her allies disputed that she had made such a promise and called for all campaign groups to be "truthful. " The campaign mailer, produced by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, reached voters' mailboxes on Wednesday. On the same day, Greuel and Councilman Jose Huizar specified that she supports a $15 an hour wage specifically for hotel workers, not for every worker in the city.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Hoping to make Los Angeles a national leader in steering trash away from landfills, the City Council is poised to approve a sweeping and controversial transformation of garbage collection for tens of thousands of businesses and apartment buildings. The new system, which tightens city control over the commercial trash-hauling market, is expected to win approval Tuesday. Proponents say that the changes, backed by environmental and labor organizations, will keep more garbage out of landfills, cut down on truck traffic and make the industry safer for workers.
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BUSINESS
June 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
The International Trade Union Confederation, which represents workers in 135 countries, warned pension funds about investing in private equity and hedge funds, calling for greater regulation of the industry. Private equity funds don't generate better long-term returns than other investments, the Brussels-based group asserted in a statement Thursday, citing research by the University of Amsterdam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Representatives of a labor-friendly campaign to improve the wages and working conditions of port truckers asserted Wednesday that the vast majority of drivers are victims of widespread workplace violations by trucking companies. Instead of being treated as employees, thousands of drivers in the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and other harbors across the nation have been illegally classified as independent contractors, advocates said during a media conference call. That designation has lowered wages, prevented drivers from unionizing and denied them the protections of state and federal labor laws, they added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
A former city councilman convicted last month of federal corruption charges has been hired by a labor group to teach computer, math and language skills to low-income residents seeking employment. Ralph Inzunza was hired by the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council shortly after his conviction July 18 of conspiracy, extortion and wire fraud in a scheme to repeal the city's no-touch law at strip clubs. Inzunza, 35, began the teaching job the first week of August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1999
The political arm of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has agreed to pay a $2,000 fine for failing to properly disclose $31,280 it spent on an independent campaign supporting Alex Padilla's candidacy for the 7th City Council District seat this spring, officials said Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2009 | Evelyn Larrubia
U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis has not yet been confirmed as Labor secretary, but the race to replace her is in full swing. This week, candidate Judy Chu, chairwoman of the state Board of Equalization, received a coveted distinction in local politics: a nod from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. "She's got a tremendous labor background," said Ed Rendon, political director for the Teamsters Joint Council in Los Angeles, which is a member of the federation's Committee on Political Education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2003 | Gregg Jones, Dan Morain and James Rainey, Times Staff Writers
Gov. Gray Davis gained ground Monday in his effort to keep other prominent Democrats out of the recall election, as the nation's largest labor organization greeted him with rousing support here, and state labor leaders prepared to warn other party members not to put their names on the ballot. Davis asked the union leaders at a national meeting of political directors from the AFL-CIO to pledge $10 million to his campaign -- half of the $20 million he told them he would need to fight the recall.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2005 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
A labor group that last year forced Unocal Corp. to settle human-rights claims sued Wal-Mart on Tuesday, alleging the world's biggest retailer allowed sweatshop conditions at supplier factories around the world. The case opens a new front in litigation against the retail giant, which is already fighting a mammoth suit alleging it has underpaid female employees as well as efforts by residents and politicians in some communities to block new stores.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2005 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Labor advocates Monday accused some Vons supermarkets of continuing to pay janitors illegally low wages, moments after a federal judge approved the $22.4-million settlement of a class-action lawsuit that had accused Vons and two other grocery chains of such violations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By James Rainey
Promoting its campaign to bring higher wages to Los Angeles workers, a labor group released a study Tuesday that says 810,864 Angelenos live with "poverty" wages of less than $15 an hour. Maria Elena Durazo, chief of the county Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, said that a raise to $15 would not only help low-wage workers but also provide a massive economic stimulus for the entire regional economy. As it released the report from the Economic Roundatable at a news conference near MacArthur Park, the labor group also unveiled billboards, styled after green "city limits" signs, that say: "Los Angeles, City Limited, Poverty Wage Pop. 810,864.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Labor and community advocacy groups staged a brief sit-in outside the office of Los Angeles County's chief executive Friday calling on the county to scrutinize the property tax assessments of a major downtown property owner. The activists from the ReFund LA Coalition say commercial property giant Brookfield Office Properties structured its recent acquisition of four downtown skyscrapers   to take advantage of a tax loophole and avoid having the properties reassessed at fair market value as required by Proposition 13 when a change of ownership occurs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Before Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaves office at the end of June, he's throwing an epic party - with celebrities, an ex-president and a price tag of $265,000. The public event, billed as "The Ultimate L.A. Block Party," hits downtown's Grand Park on Friday night, June 7. Former President Bill Clinton is on the guest list and mariachi legend Pepe Aguilar is slated to perform. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will emcee. The party marks the culmination of this year's "Heritage Month" celebrations, which honor ethnic and other groups, but will also serve as a goodbye to Villaraigosa, who must leave office because he has served the maximum two terms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Laura J. Nelson and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
The most powerful labor organization in Los Angeles refused Friday to back away from a campaign mailer in which it urges voters to support Wendy Greuel for mayor because she "will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. " Even though Greuel has said she supports the higher "living wage" only for workers at large hotels, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor chief Maria Elena Durazo accused the media of "nitpicking" when she was questioned about the accuracy of the mailer, which went to Latino voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Kate Linthicum and James Rainey
Union backers of Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel have sent out a new mailer declaring that she would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in L.A., even as Greuel and her allies disputed that she had made such a promise and called for all campaign groups to be "truthful. " The campaign mailer, produced by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, reached voters' mailboxes on Wednesday. On the same day, Greuel and Councilman Jose Huizar specified that she supports a $15 an hour wage specifically for hotel workers, not for every worker in the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Mitch O'Farrell is probably the only candidate running for Los Angeles City Council who can do a backward handspring, no problem. Before taking a job a decade ago as a field deputy in the office of Councilman Eric Garcetti, O'Farrell, 52, spent years as a restaurant manager, cruise ship dance instructor and competitive gymnast. If his path to politics was roundabout, the one forged by his opponent in next week's race to replace Garcetti in the 13th Council District was uncommonly direct.
NATIONAL
August 31, 2006 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Leaders of the nation's largest labor federation announced Wednesday that they would spend more money this year than ever before to get voters to the polls in a midterm election they hoped would return Democrats to power in Congress. "This Labor Day, it appears that a 'perfect storm' is gathering that may well sweep away Republican control of the Congress this fall," said AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney. Republican voter mobilization efforts were credited with big GOP wins in 2004 and 2002.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2003 | Megan Garvey, Dan Morain and Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writers
California's powerful labor federation voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose the recall of Gov. Gray Davis and, at the same time, recommend that union members cast a vote for the backup candidacy of Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante. The move marked a significant shift in labor's strategy toward the recall. The official vote at the federation's convention in Manhattan Beach occurred with no debate.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The last time Manuel Cardenas fell ill, the 24-year-old single father had no choice but to report for work. His employer, a security contractor, doesn't offer sick pay to part-timers like Cardenas, he said, and he can't afford to lose a day's wages. "I probably shouldn't have, but I had to," said Cardenas, a security guard in San Jose. He is among California workers for whom labor groups and others are fighting to secure paid sick leave. Currently, 4.5 million workers in California, about 40% of the state's workforce, don't have sick-pay benefits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 | By Ben Welsh, Kate Linthicum and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings said Thursday he was pressing ahead with a controversial plan to move dozens of city firefighters from fire engines to ambulances, despite warnings from labor groups that the change would put lives at risk. In the coming days, the chief plans to deploy 11 new ambulances by reassigning one firefighter per shift from 22 firetrucks across the city. Cummings says the department must adjust to fewer fires and a growing number of medical emergencies, and has limited funding to make the change.
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