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November 29, 2013 | By David Ng
Prosecutors in the case of a Bolshoi Ballet dancer accused of masterminding an acid attack on the company's artistic director want the defendant to serve nine years in a labor camp. A verdict in the Moscow court case is expected on Tuesday. Pavel Dmitrichenko has pleaded not guilty to ordering the January attack on artistic director Sergei Filin, who suffered severe facial burns and damage to his eyes. The attack was allegedly carried out by Yury Zarutsky, who is facing a possible sentence of 10 years, according to reports.
November 28, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Big issues in the workplace - wages, overtime, time off, working conditions - are also major topics in the state Legislature. And this year, lawmakers delivered some tangible changes that will be felt in the pocketbook. At the top of the list, of course, is an increase in the minimum wage that swept through Democrat-dominated Sacramento, despite opposition from powerful business interests. But workers didn't get all of their agenda passed into law. "We were able to improve upon existing protections as well as support workers in a number of new ways, including increasing the minimum wage," said Steve Smith, a spokesman for the California Labor Federation.
November 22, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Michael Weiner, who devoted his adult life to representing Major League Baseball players and rose to become their leader during an era of unprecedented prosperity and labor peace, died Thursday. He was 51. Weiner, who was found to have inoperable brain cancer 15 months ago, died at his New Jersey home, the union said. His casual manner and dress belied his stature as one of the smartest men ever to work in sports. His popularity extended beyond the players and their union to the commissioner's office, and to the very executives against whom he negotiated.
November 22, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- A sleepy party primary campaign ended with a bang Friday when Labor chair Shelly Yachimovich lost the leadership of the party and with it the opposition in parliament. The party elected in her place Isaac Herzog, 53, an experienced politician who is also something of a  political blueblood: the son of former President Chaim Herzog and grandson of a pre-statehood chief rabbi. Herzog's victory speech Friday made clear his aim to unite the party's dueling agendas and camps in hopes of better challenging the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
November 21, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has taken a position as a scholar in residence at Cal Poly Pomona, officials said Thursday.' Solis began this week and will guest lecture in classes, mentor students in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences and help faculty develop curriculum. A particular area of interest will be political science, Cal Poly spokesman Daniel B. Lee said. Solis received a bachelor's degree in the subject from the Pomona campus in 1979. “I look forward to being a part of this great institution, and engaging with both the faculty and students in meaningful discussions about public policy and many other important issues,” Solis said in a statement.
November 21, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Former NBA players' union executive director Billy Hunter has claimed that Lakers star Kobe Bryant and agent Rob Pelinka, acting on behalf of union president Derek Fisher, meddled with his efforts to end the 2011 lockout. In a Los Angeles Superior Court filing Thursday that is part of his wrongful-termination lawsuit, Hunter stated that he received a call from Bryant and Pelinka the night before he was scheduled to meet with league officials in October 2011. According to Hunter, the player and his agent told him to agree to a 50-50 split of basketball-related income.
November 21, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
- Kate Winslet will be the first to admit that the backdrop and framing of her upcoming movie, "Labor Day," is "utterly insane. " The film finds Winslet playing Adele, an emotionally fragile single mother of a 13-year-old son. She meets and then harbors and then falls deeply in love with an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) over the course of five eventful days in a small New England town in 1987. "At the end of the day, the only thing that is 'wrong' about their relationship is that he's just escaped from prison," Winslet says.
November 20, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Some elective surgeries were postponed, some student dining halls were closed and some classes were canceled Wednesday as a one-day labor strike had a noticeable yet uneven impact at UC's medical centers and campuses Wednesday. The walkout by thousands of service workers, patient care employees, student tutors and others was reported to be peaceful with no arrests at the nine campuses and five medical centers from Davis to San Diego. UC Santa Cruz appeared to be the most heavily affected because demonstrators blocked the two campus entrances and, as a result, many operations such as libraries and cafeterias were significantly reduced or closed for the day, officials said.
November 18, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
More than 100 Thai farm workers who alleged that they suffered discrimination working in Hawaii pineapple fields will receive $1.2 million in a settlement with Del Monte Fresh Produce, federal officials announced Monday in Los Angeles. Del Monte's agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission marks the first in a series of forthcoming settlements in what commission officials have called its largest farm labor trafficking case. The case involves a Los Angeles-based labor contractor, six farms and more than 200 Thai workers.
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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