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November 2, 2002 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
The longshore union and the shipping industry reached a tentative agreement on labor-saving technology -- the stickiest issue in their prolonged dispute -- Friday after all-night talks with three federal mediators and a top AFL-CIO official. No details were released on the deal, which both sides saw as a breakthrough in the stalemate that has disrupted commercial trade at West Coast ports for more than a month.
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BUSINESS
October 22, 2002 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday is camera night at the World Series. There's just one problem: The 57,000 disposable cameras meant to be handed to fans at Game 4 in San Francisco, with "World Series 2002" stamped into every frame, are stuck on a container ship outside the Port of Los Angeles. Unless Mitch Tendler comes up with an angel of his own, he said it means a loss of nearly $250,000 to his Chatsworth-based company, Greeting Camera.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2003 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Supplies at Southland supermarkets appeared to be a mixed bag Friday, with some Ralphs stores boasting nearly full shelves even though Teamsters are now honoring United Food and Commercial Workers union picket lines at warehouses. Perishables such as fruit and vegetables were considerably scarcer at Vons and Albertsons, according to a spot-check of several stores.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2004 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The hotel workers union said Wednesday that it would vote next week to authorize a strike against nine prominent Los Angeles County hotels, further heightening tensions in their protracted contract dispute. A strike authorization in Monday's vote could give the union additional leverage against the hotels, which have a mutual-support pact that requires all of them to lock out union workers if the union strikes just one hotel.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2003 | Susannah Rosenblatt and Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writers
Democratic presidential candidate Richard A. Gephardt joined striking grocery workers on a West Hollywood picket line Wednesday, calling them heroes who were making sacrifices to protect their families' rights. "These folks have been out here for two months, fighting for health care for their families," Rep. Gephardt, of Missouri, said. "I believe that what they're fighting for is a moral issue." Workers struck Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions stores Oct.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2004 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Talks aimed at ending the Central and Southern California supermarket strike and lockout, described as "intense" by the union, continued for a 10th straight day Friday, and one analyst said a settlement could be "only days away." Extending the longest streak of talks since the labor dispute began more than four months ago, negotiators for the United Food and Commercial Workers union and the three grocery chains involved continued meeting under the supervision of federal mediator Peter J.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2004 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 2,000 waiters, housekeepers and other union workers at nine upscale Los Angeles County hotels set the table for a strike, labor leaders said Tuesday, hoping for added leverage in stalled contract negotiations. About 75% of the roughly 2,800 members of the Unite Here union cast ballots Monday, and 83% of them authorized the union to strike. The vote doesn't launch a strike, but it gives union leaders the right to call one should labor talks fail.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland and Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writers
Frustrated that negotiations to end the supermarket strike have stalled, union leader Rick Icaza on Tuesday accused grocery chains and the federal mediator of stonewalling. Icaza, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 in Los Angeles, said he was led to believe that talks with federal mediator Peter J. Hurtgen would resume by today after breaking off last week.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2004 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Nine major Los Angeles hotels, facing a determined union and a protracted contract fight, suggested Tuesday that a federal mediator step in. The move came as the dispute appeared likely to spread to San Francisco, where hotel labor contracts expire Saturday, and Washington, where they run out in mid-September.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2002 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Shipping companies and West Coast dockworkers are set to take up the issue of pension benefits Wednesday when they return to mediated labor negotiations after a weeklong break. By all accounts, it won't be an easy day. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is demanding a major pension increase in exchange for accepting cargo-moving technology that will eliminate hundreds of jobs. Yet the Pacific Maritime Assn.
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