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September 7, 1992
There doesn't seem to be a single significant organizing drive in the county right now other than the drywall workers, who are ostensibly organizing without the help of a union. Why so little activity? It has a little bit to do with the times, that money's tight with unions just as it is with business. And it takes money to organize. I think that's going to change in the next year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
The general manager of the largest local government union in Orange County has retired, ending his family's 45-year association with the organization. John Sawyer quit the Orange County Employees Assn. last week after six years on the job. In 1998, Sawyer succeeded his father, John H., who had served as general manager since 1959. Sawyer joined the union's staff in 1973.
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BUSINESS
December 13, 1988 | JOHN O'DELL
Daniel A. Johnson, Orange County labor market analyst for the state Employment Development Department, is leaving that post Jan. 9 to take a new position with the department in Sacramento. Johnson, 38, will become special assistant to the chief of the EDD's labor market information section, a job he described as a management-training position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2003 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Unlike typical union-employer conflicts over health care and wage issues, the sparring between Orange County court officials and rank-and-file employees has focused on the amount of money spent on travel by judges and executives. And travel records released to The Times will probably stoke the tension between the two sides.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2000 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reflecting the changing face of union membership in California, the Orange County Central Labor Council has chosen its first minority to head the 80-year-old group--Linda Sanchez, the younger sister of Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove). As the new secretary-treasurer, Sanchez will oversee labor's political programs and lobbying efforts, as well as serve as chief spokesperson for the group that represents more than 80 unions and 106,000 members in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
The general manager of the largest local government union in Orange County has retired, ending his family's 45-year association with the organization. John Sawyer quit the Orange County Employees Assn. last week after six years on the job. In 1998, Sawyer succeeded his father, John H., who had served as general manager since 1959. Sawyer joined the union's staff in 1973.
BUSINESS
July 6, 1989 | JOHN O'DELL
When it comes to job creation, Orange County has posted an enviable track record, with an average of 35,000 jobs added each year for the past decade. And the county also boasts one of the lowest jobless rates in California, with an average of only 3% unemployment over the past two years.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1996
Everyone knows that garment contractors compete in a grimy, cutthroat industry. They're under the thumb of clothing manufacturers, undercut by underground rivals and routinely fined by labor agents. And yet their numbers keep swelling in Orange County. The number of registered sewing operations in the county shot up to 526 last year from 409 in 1994 and 320 in 1990. That's twice the growth rate for the state, home to an estimated 5,000 contractors. (That doesn't include the unregistered shops.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1996 | DON LEE
For all the heartaches caused by Orange County's bankruptcy, there's been a silver lining for the Orange County Central Labor Council. Bill Fogarty, head of the umbrella group for the area's AFL-CIO unions, says the council has enlisted half a dozen locals with 5,000 members in recent months, boosting its total to 50,000. Fogarty says the bankruptcy brought visibility to the labor council because it was active in advocating security for county employees.
BUSINESS
September 4, 1995 | Times Staff Reports
Organized Labor Celebration: Reviving a tradition that has been dormant for more than a decade, union leaders in Orange County will meet today in Anaheim to celebrate Labor Day. Among the speakers expected for the 8 a.m. breakfast gathering at the Inn at the Park hotel are Assemblywoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-Norwalk) and Gaddi H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2001 | DANA PARSONS
We all know (gulp) of marriages that seem to defy logical explanation. How did those two ever hook up? The parties didn't know each other that long, shared no common historic interests and, if truth be told, probably never really trusted each other's intentions. But even those modest obstacles might be surmountable if it weren't for the No. 1 impediment to long-running happy marriages: nosy relatives. Oh, the mischief they can cause.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2000 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reflecting the changing face of union membership in California, the Orange County Central Labor Council has chosen its first minority to head the 80-year-old group--Linda Sanchez, the younger sister of Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove). As the new secretary-treasurer, Sanchez will oversee labor's political programs and lobbying efforts, as well as serve as chief spokesperson for the group that represents more than 80 unions and 106,000 members in Orange County.
BUSINESS
September 3, 1998 | Leslie Earnest, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses and restaurants for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at leslie.earnest@latimes.com
A labor dispute has erupted between Macy's at South Coast Plaza and workers who want to organize. The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint alleging that the department store in Costa Mesa attempted to interfere with workers seeking union representation. A hearing has been set for Feb. 1 before an administrative law judge.
BUSINESS
February 20, 1998 | Russ Stanton
The Teamsters Union on Thursday withdrew a request before the National Labor Relations Board to represent about 60 workers at Bloomingdale's Home Store in Newport Beach, saying it wants to team up with the United Food and Commercial Workers union to organize the store. Officials at the UFCW, which represents more than 100,000 workers at the region's supermarket chains, were angry with the Teamsters for encroaching on what they believe is their turf, namely the retail industry.
BUSINESS
February 10, 1998 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Teamsters union asked federal labor officials to hold an election to determine whether the union can represent about 60 workers at Bloomingdale's Home Store at Fashion Island Newport Beach. A company spokesman said Monday that the department store chain will fight the move, arguing that the store is part of the larger department store nearby rather than a separate location.
NEWS
February 9, 1997 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County, the land of beaches, barbecues and bankruptcy, has slowly and quietly built itself into one of the nation's hottest job markets. Just ask Glenn Coles. The 33-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita resident, an information systems specialist, found himself the object of a bidding war among three companies without so much as sending out a resume.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1990 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They know that counter helpers at fast-food restaurants are in short supply and will continue to be so, but they're no longer all that sure about electronics assemblers. So to find out--and to gauge industry's wants and needs for entry-level, skilled and semiskilled employees in Orange County for the next three years--state and local employment officials are about to launch a countywide job survey.
NEWS
January 1, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than three decades, John H. Sawyer has steered Orange County's largest government employee association on a careful course that marked him as both a loyal defender of workers' rights and a friend of county management. But with the county in financial collapse, Sawyer has suddenly changed his style. The 79-year-old general manager of the Orange County Employees Assn. has moved from his more comfortable role behind the scenes to center stage of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S.
NEWS
May 18, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Refuting claims of lavish paychecks and extravagant perks, a study released Friday comparing public and private-sector compensation concluded that the salaries and benefits paid to county employees are largely on par with those of nongovernment workers. The long-awaited report, funded by the county and prepared over the last four months by an independent consulting firm, found that county workers earned salaries within the "market rate" for more than 70% of the positions compared.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1996 | DIANE SEO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Teamsters plan to stage a rally tonight against a Montana trucking company that is paying its drivers lower wages than local union rates for work on the Santa Ana freeway widening project. "We're concerned because large companies are moving into the area and undermining local companies that are providing their workers decent wages and benefits," said Patrick Kelly, an organizer and business representative for Teamsters Local 952.
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