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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2000 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT and RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Nearly all the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's mechanics continued to honor striking bus drivers' picket lines Tuesday, a stinging public rejection of their union president's request that they return to work. Only eight of nearly 2,000 mechanics appear to have heeded their leader's call to resume work during the morning shift. That means the MTA's 2,000 buses and its Metro Rail trains won't roll for at least another few days.
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NEWS
June 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Federal Aviation Administration is trying to determine what caused a Continental Airlines plane to lurch through the wall of a passenger terminal early Wednesday at Newark International Airport. The nose of the plane broke through the terminal wall about 5 a.m. while mechanics performed a routine engine check, said Continental Airlines spokeswoman Catherine Stengel.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2005 | From Reuters
President Bush does not plan to block a threatened strike by mechanics at Northwest Airlines Corp. that could come as early as Saturday, the White House said Monday. The disclosure came as the No. 4 airline and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Assn. resumed talks in Washington on proposed givebacks that are part of the company's plans to cut costs and avert bankruptcy. The negotiations have been bitter, with the union accusing the company of bargaining in bad faith.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2000 | From Reuters
UAL Corp.'s United Airlines is seeking disciplinary action against 36 mechanics after more than 100 workers in Los Angeles called in sick last week, a United spokesman confirmed Monday. As many as 108 of about 400 mechanics working at Los Angeles International Airport were suspended for sick calls on Aug. 13 and 14. The rash of sick calls has been only one of several factors that have caused United to cancel hundreds of flights this month.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Striking mechanics at Northwest Airlines Corp. walked away from contract talks Sunday, refusing to say whether they would return to the bargaining table before Tuesday, when Northwest said it would start hiring permanent replacements. Union officials said they had agreed to wage cuts and layoffs sought by management, but couldn't reach an agreement with the airline on severance packages and work rules. Steve MacFarlane, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Assn.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2003 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to avert a strike, the state attorney general's office is expected to seek a court order today extending labor talks between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its mechanics union. A state lawyer will petition a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to order a 60-day cooling-off period during which the union could not strike and the agency could not lock out its workers. Such petitions are generally granted, observers say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every mechanic knows that a rough idle means trouble. So union President Neil H. Silver knew what to do last week when his get-back-to-work request backfired--leaving some of his 1,860 mechanics, who had been idled by the Los Angeles bus drivers' strike, agitated and fuming. All but a handful of those belonging to Silver's Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1277, refused to follow their leader's request to cross striking Metropolitan Transportation Authority drivers' picket lines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2000 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a love-struck suitor, Kevin Finkel's eyes twinkled as he gazed at the sleek, silver-clad body. "This made up my mind," he said, nodding toward the 1950s-era Lockheed T-33 jet trainer languishing in a mustard-yellow steel airport hangar. "I love getting dirty," Finkel shouted, paying little heed to the deafening whine of a nearby Gulfstream III. Like 150 classmates enrolled at a little-known school at Van Nuys Airport, the 23-year-old Northridge resident said he has discovered his calling.
NEWS
October 3, 2000 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT and RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's supervisors and mechanics broke with striking bus drivers Monday and announced that they will return to work today. It was not immediately clear whether the two groups' return to work will allow the transit agency to resume at least reduced bus and Metro Rail service. During the last public transit walkout, in 1994, supervisors crossed picket lines and managed to keep some buses and Metro Rail trains operating.
NEWS
July 8, 1992 | LYNN SIMROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chatsworth ceramics manufacturer Don Franklin was looking for an auto mechanic to fix his problematic '63 Ford Ranchero when he heard a radio ad for (800) FIX-A-CAR. Although Franklin admits he's skeptical about auto repair shops and 800 numbers, he decided to call because several independent mechanics and two Ford dealers had no success fixing his vehicle. "I found a great dentist like that, through (800) DENTIST, about three years ago," he says.
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