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WORLD
November 13, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would restrict workers' rights to strike and relax hiring and firing rules for businesses. The bill - passed after weeks of drama and debate - does not contain some of the original language that sought to reform the country's notoriously sclerotic unions. Those measures were stripped out by members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, whose presidential candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto, won this year after promoting himself as a serious reformer, a claim his opponents now doubt more than ever.
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OPINION
September 23, 2012
Re "Homer Simpson for president," Opinion, Sept. 20 Michael Kinsley has a point about the cartoonish demonizing of the other side by both presidential candidates. However, like the characters in "The Simpsons," the President Obama and Mitt Romney figures are not equivalent. Here is Lisa, for example: "I will iron your sheets when you iron out the inequities in your labor laws. " And here is Mr. Burns, after being told he's very wealthy: "Yes, but I'd trade it all for a little more.
SPORTS
September 10, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges, who asserted that the NHL owners are treating a lockout as a "preferred option," said Monday that the players' union believes such a move would violate Canadian labor laws. To that end, there are legal maneuvers going on in two Canadian provinces, Quebec and Alberta. Last week, the National Hockey League Players Assn.  submitted a challenge at the Alberta Labor Relations Board in an attempt to prevent a lockout of the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
California labor regulators are seeking $635,000 in back wages, penalties and damages from a San Joaquin County farm-labor contractor. Labor Commissioner Julie Su said Tuesday she is filing a lawsuit in Fresno County Superior Court against Javier Diaz and his company, Diaz Contracting, for alleged multiple wage-and-hour violations, including failure to pay minimum wage and overtime to 129 employees. The lawsuit is the result of an extensive investigation, according to Su's office, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement at the California Department of Industrial Relations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
An obscure legal doctrine leaves whistle-blowers at the San Onofre nuclear plant with less legal protection than other California workers, including employees at the state's only other nuclear plant. San Onofre is majority owned and operated by Southern California Edison, a private company, but it sits on land leased from the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base. That puts the plant in a so-called federal enclave, where courts have held that many California laws, including labor laws intended to protect whistle-blowers, do not apply.
WORLD
March 29, 2012 | By Lauren Frayer, Los Angeles Times
MADRID - Millions of Spaniards stayed off the job Thursday to protest new labor laws that allow companies to opt out of collective bargaining pacts, reduce wages and fire workers more easily. The general strike stalled public transportation and shut factories and schools across the country. Angry confrontations erupted between hordes of protesters and riot police officers, but no major violence was reported. It was the first such large-scale labor action against the policies of conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the strongest public rebuke yet of his austerity measures.
NATIONAL
December 15, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
President Obama circumvented Congress and moved Thursday to require that home-care aides be paid minimum wage and overtime, giving the fast-growing workforce long-sought assistance. Home-care workers, who now number close to 2 million people, have been exempted from federal labor law since 1974. And although many states, including California, Illinois and Maryland, have rules guaranteeing home-care workers minimum wage, overtime, or both, 29 states do not offer these protections.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
November 22, 2011
It isn't just that some of the candidates for the GOP presidential nomination occasionally seem divorced from modern reality; it's that they're determined to re-fight battles that most of us thought had ended roughly a century ago. A case in point is newly inaugurated front-runner Newt Gingrich, who in a talk Monday at Harvard University denigrated federal child labor laws that date back to the 1930s. "It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods in trapping children … in child laws which are truly stupid," Gingrich said.
NEWS
November 21, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Promising “extraordinarily radical proposals to fundamentally change the culture of poverty in America,” Newt Gingrich said Friday that he would fire school janitors and pay students to clean schools instead. Speaking at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the Republican presidential candidate and former speaker of the House challenged laws that prevent children from working certain jobs before their mid-teens. Gingrich blames “the core policies of protecting unionization and bureaucratization" for “crippling” children.
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