CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2004 |
The United Farm Workers union agreed late Monday to pay more than $105,000 in back wages to Oxnard strawberry pickers who said they were illegally fired three years ago because they refused to join the union. The money, paid to settle unfair labor practice charges filed with the state's Agricultural Labor Relations Board, will go to about 105 workers who lost their jobs after refusing to pay union dues as a condition of employment at Coastal Berry Co., the nation's largest strawberry grower.
October 16, 2002 |
The Internal Revenue Service is seeking to force at least 70 companies, including Hilton Hotels Corp. and Walt Disney Co., to turn over records as part of an expanded probe into credit card holders who use offshore bank accounts to evade taxes. The tax agency wants judges to order airlines, hotels, car dealerships and sports teams to turn over customer records so investigators can identify holders of credit cards linked to offshore accounts.
February 11, 2002 |
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has dropped accounting firm Andersen amid questions surrounding its audits of energy trader Enron Corp., but other major hotel and gaming clients said they would stay with the firm for now. Andersen acts as auditor for most of the biggest casino operators in Las Vegas, including MGM Mirage, Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and Mandalay Resort Group.
October 16, 1997 |
Reflecting slow progress in their ballyhooed campaign to recruit California's 20,000 strawberry pickers, labor leaders say they won't seek any union representation elections in the industry this year. Instead, they now talk about holding elections beginning in 1998. That marks a retreat from several months ago, when officials of the United Farm Workers vowed to call for government-supervised voting in 1997 to give strawberry pickers the chance to bring in the union.
September 15, 1998 |
Hilton Hotels Corp. on Monday warned Wall Street that its third-quarter earnings will fall below expectations with Asia's continuing financial crises and poor results in its Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos. The Beverly Hills-based company said it expects to report a profit for the quarter ending Sept. 30 in the low 30-cents-a-share range. Most analysts had forecast Hilton to exceed the 35 cents a share--or $91 million--it had generated for the same three-month period last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2000 |
In a decision that could produce a victory for the United Farm Workers union in Ventura County, a state labor judge has recommended that workers at the nation's largest strawberry grower be represented by separate bargaining units in Oxnard and Watsonville. The decision is considered a coup for the UFW, which last June lost a statewide election effort to represent pickers at the Coastal Berry Co. to a rival union, the Coastal Berry of California Farm Workers Committee.
August 15, 1997 |
ITT Corp. on Thursday rejected Hilton Hotels Corp.'s sweetened $11.5-billion offer, leaving Hilton to concentrate on its legal options in the nearly 8-month-old takeover saga. New York-based ITT, which owns the Sheraton hotel chain and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, said its board voted unanimously to recommend that shareholders reject Hilton's bid, which ITT described as inadequate.
January 28, 2003 |
Hilton Hotels Corp. reported a tenfold jump in fourth-quarter profit on Monday, but cautioned that a slow business travel market and jitters over a possible war with Iraq had pushed the Beverly Hills-based firm to lower its 2003 earnings expectations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2004 |
Rekindling a battle over unionization at Southern California's largest mushroom farm, a right-to-work group Tuesday accused the United Farm Workers union of illegally collecting dues and threatening workers at the plant. In charges filed with the state's farm labor board, the National Right to Work Foundation alleges that UFW officials intentionally misled workers at the Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura by telling them they were required to pay full union dues as a condition of employment.
September 5, 1996 |
More than 20 farm workers, including three pregnant women, were treated at hospitals Wednesday for symptoms of pesticide poisoning after a crop-dusting plane apparently missed its mark near Bakersfield and sprinkled the workers with toxic insecticides. Kern County fire and agriculture officials said the plane was spraying a cotton field infested with mites and aphids when the cloud of chemicals began to drift in a slight wind.