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May 17, 1994
The Los Angeles County Superior Court system's 380 clerks and judicial assistants have voted to stage a sickout today to protest stalled contract talks with court administrators, union officials said Monday night. While declining to predict how many clerks will not show up for work, J.
March 11, 2014 | By Howard Blume
More than half the teachers at a Compton high school called in sick Tuesday, leaving students unattended and forcing district officials to scramble to bring order to the campus. The Compton Unified School District blamed labor action for the absence of teachers at Dominguez High. District spokesman Ron T. Suazo said 55 of 86 teachers called in sick Tuesday. The lack of student supervision immediately disrupted the campus. Unable to proceed normally, "students remained at school until they were picked up by their parents," Suazo said.  Supt.
September 16, 1997
Forty-one Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who provide security in Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles courthouses called in sick Monday as the union representing deputies urged county officials to resume contract negotiations. A sheriff's spokesman said that the vacancies caused by Monday's sickout were filled by other court services personnel. The job action followed three similar sickouts last week at several Los Angeles County courthouses and jail facilities.
May 10, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - Hundreds of Air India pilots did not report to work Thursday, the fourth day of a sickout to protest their treatment by management, a dispute that so far has resulted in the cancellation of numerous international flights and cost about 45 pilots their jobs. Officials said the Mumbai-based airline was forced to cancel more than 35 international flights this week, including several bound for New York and Frankfurt, because of the protest. India's aviation minister called the sickout illegal, the airline said it had fired some pilots, and a high court called for negotiations.
January 6, 2000 | Associated Press
A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order telling the union representing Northwest Airlines' flight attendants to stop its members from staging a "sickout" over stalled contract negotiations. Judge Donovan Frank said officials of Teamsters Local 2000 must immediately take "all reasonable steps within their power" to prevent flight attendants from falsely calling in sick. Eagan, Minn.
Los Angeles police officers staged Day 2 of their mass sickout Tuesday, causing only minor disruption of public service but exasperating city officials and prompting Mayor Richard Riordan to call for a mediator to step in. In an unusual joint appearance designed to signal the seriousness and solidarity of the city's leadership, Riordan appeared with seven council members standing behind him as he spelled out the city's budget woes.
June 21, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center was forced to divert ambulances away from its emergency room Friday after all 13 of its emergency room nurses called in sick, officials said. The one-day sickout, which union leaders said was organized by the nurses, reflects labor unrest at a county hospital that saw 130 doctors and other health workers dismissed Monday as a cost-cutting measure.
September 25, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Criminal court operations returned to normal Wednesday, after two days of a staged sickout by sheriff's deputies who bus inmates from jails to courthouses. Four deputies called in sick Wednesday morning, compared with 103 on Monday and 93 on Tuesday. The deputies are in negotiations with the county on contracts dealing with pay and benefits. Attorneys and judges across Los Angeles County spent the day catching up on the backlog of cases created by the sickout.
Los Angeles County lawyers filed suit Wednesday seeking to stop sheriff's deputies, many of whom serve as court bailiffs, from calling in sick to protest stalled labor negotiations, and from allegedly harassing county officials with lewd and obscene phone calls. In the last week, hundreds of sworn deputies have not shown up for work at courthouses and jail facilities in an effort to pressure the county into giving them significant pay raises.
November 7, 1997
Inglewood police officers who called in sick to protest a contract dispute over wages and benefits earlier this week returned to work Thursday with union officials saying they were not responsible for the job action and vowing to bargain in good faith with the city. Officers began the sickout Tuesday night after the city presented members of the Inglewood Police Officers Assn. with a contract that included a reduction in pay and benefits of 12% to 20%.
July 3, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Nearly three dozen emergency 911 operators staged a sickout Thursday at two Los Angeles call centers, prompting the LAPD to get administrators and other personnel to work their shifts. The sickout to protest furloughs and pay cuts was confined to operators who field emergency calls for the Los Angeles Police Department, officials said. The Fire Department has its own operators. LAPD Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur said that department officials became aware of a possible work action late Wednesday and prepared plans to cover shifts.
August 16, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
A sickout staged Friday by disgruntled Department of Motor Vehicles workers has shut down at least two offices in Los Angeles County and prompted the department to warn customers of delays at many others. The informal protest is the latest effort by state workers to call attention to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's cutbacks in wages and hours as the state continues to operate without a budget.
July 6, 2004 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
A judge on Monday ordered a halt to a series of sickouts by union nurses at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where specially trained burn unit nurses failed to show up for work on the Fourth of July. County health officials successfully petitioned Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs for the temporary restraining order on a day when courts and county offices were generally closed. County lawyers argued the sickouts were threatening the health and safety of hospital patients.
December 9, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
The union representing hundreds of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who shut down courthouses this fall during an epidemic of "blue flu" agreed Monday to pay $100,000 to settle contempt of court allegations against its members. As part of the settlement, officers of the Assn. for Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies promised to stop deputies from holding illegal sickouts for one year. The wildcat strikes had been geared to protest then-stalled labor negotiations with the county.
October 22, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Ten Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies found themselves on the other side of the law Tuesday when a judge warned that they would face fines and jail if they violated his order to return to work during a monthlong wildcat strike. Orange County Superior Court Judge John M. Watson ordered the 10 deputies plus nine officers of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs to return to court Dec. 8 for a possible trial on whether they should be held in contempt of court.
October 9, 2003 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Calling wildcat sickouts illegal, Los Angeles County supervisors gave Sheriff Lee Baca a legal green light Wednesday to summarily suspend most deputies who call in sick. The action was taken on a day that 222 more deputies called in with the blue flu, leaving at least one South Los Angeles sheriff's station with no day shift. That number is 3% of the total work force, but represents a considerably larger proportion of those on duty at any one time.
March 12, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
More than 120 Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies staged a sickout in courthouses Tuesday over contract negotiations, officials said. The unofficial job action was apparently connected with the breakdown in contract negotiations between the department and the Assn. for Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said.
October 8, 2003 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca vowed to suspend any deputies who are absent without proof of illness after 245 more called in sick Tuesday despite a court order against the "blue flu." "It is a blatantly illegal act," said Baca, who warned that he would not hesitate to ask a judge to jail his own deputies for contempt of court if necessary. "Deputies should not fool around with the law.
October 4, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Two days after a judge ordered them back to work, 67 Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies called in sick Friday in an apparent violation of the court order. Sheriff's officials are investigating whether any or all of those deputies should be disciplined or held in contempt. "We do think it was part of a work action," said Andrew Lamberto of the sheriff's employee relations bureau.
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