CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1997 |
Some contractors who have received federal earthquake repair loans have repeatedly violated labor laws by underpaying their workers, but most have not been criminally prosecuted, documents and interviews show. Los Angeles housing officials who oversee the federally funded loan program have documented 17 cases of contractors who failed to pay 155 workers the "prevailing wages" required by state and federal labor laws.
August 15, 1993 |
President Clinton leaned only slightly to the left by nominating the moderate Stanford law professor William Gould IV as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Yet his appointment, as non-controversial as it should be, has triggered opposition from some corporate executives and right-wing congressional Republicans, who fear Gould may orchestrate opposition to their attempts to create a "union-free environment" in the United States.
April 10, 1994 |
It is nonsense to say that workers in our democratic country have the freedom to strike without fear of being of fired, when they can be "permanently replaced." Yet top Republicans in the Senate are promising to filibuster to death a bill that would end this absurdity. The measure, titled the Workplace Fairness Act, easily passed the House. A Senate majority supports it, including some Republicans. But even the GOP filibuster, which may well kill it, isn't enough for the union-haters.
June 8, 1996 |
After five years of working with babies on the set of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," nurse Laura Simmons was troubled last month when year-old twins were brought to work on the show at 8 a.m. and didn't go home until 9 p.m. The law required that the babies be on the set for no more than 4 1/2 hours. For a recent cable movie, a mother says that she brought her 3-month-old triplets to work as extras at 10 a.m. and said she was allowed to take them home at 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1992 |
In black panties embellished with gold studs, rhinestones and tiny mirrors, Lexis sashayed down the stage. Soft lights glittered on her matching bra, her gold garter and her gold thigh-high boots. Around the club, a bouncer in a tuxedo picked up a wrapper someone had dropped on the soft carpet. A waitress, wearing a tuxedo-style blouse, solicited drink orders. "No pressure," the waitress said. "No two-drink minimum, nothing like that."
March 10, 1996 |
It was a politically irresistible idea: make Congress abide by the same workplace rules as the rest of the country. Passed overwhelmingly a year ago during the heady early days of the Republican takeover, the Congressional Accountability Act was the first item of the GOP's "contract with America" to become law. Now is the time, its GOP proponents argued, for Congress to get a taste of its own regulatory medicine.
November 26, 2011
The Times' Nov. 23 editorial, "Clueless candidates," which criticized Newt Gingrich for his call to loosen child labor laws and allow kids to work as janitors at their schools, prompted reader Mike Gallagher to write the following defense of the former House speaker's proposal: "I can only assume that the editor did not work as a child, unlike the children of most small-business owners. I've never known a working kid who didn't have time for homework, so long as there wasn't a long transportation requirement.
June 26, 2010 |
Even by reality television standards, the showdown in the Season 1 finale of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" was epic: A furious Teresa Giudice screamed at fellow cast member Danielle Staub that she was a "prostitution whore," then yanked a table into the air, sending dishes crashing to the ground. Watching the drama were Staub's noticeably alarmed daughters, then 11 and 15, whose mother had kept them in the room for the exchange. New Jersey prohibits minors from appearing in entertainment productions dangerous to their "life, limb, health or morals."
February 23, 1994 |
Ludmilla V. Gubareva once belonged to the ranks of Russia's invisible women: the army of long-suffering middle-aged babushkas who scrub, sweep, mop and even shovel snow but get neither good wages nor respect. Now the pleasant, plump, 54-year-old charwoman and her 59-year-old sister are suing the American-managed Radisson Slavayanskaya Hotel for wrongful dismissal. They have astounded their downtrodden countrywomen by demanding $10 million each in damages.
September 21, 2000 |
Self-monitoring by garment manufacturers--once touted by the Department of Labor as a low-cost way of cleaning up the industry--has done little to reduce wage and hour violations, especially in Los Angeles, according to recent state and federal investigations. Only one-third of the clothing makers inspected in Los Angeles this year were in compliance with federal and state labor laws, a slightly poorer showing than the 39% of two years ago.