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December 1, 2010 | By Richard Winton and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
To hear him tell his story, John Wesley Ewell was the victim of an overly harsh criminal justice system. The South Los Angeles hairstylist complained to journalists over the last decade about the unfairness of the state's tough three-strikes law, saying he lived in fear that even a small offense would land him back in prison for life. He even appeared on the "The Montel Williams Show" to argue the case against three strikes. A caption that flashed on the screen when Ewell spoke read: "Afraid to leave his house because he has 2 'Strikes.
July 14, 1989 | From Reuters
Thousands of bus drivers, nurses and teachers stayed away from work Thursday in the latest wave of labor unrest to hit Portugal.
May 8, 1988 | From Reuters
Pope John Paul II on Saturday expressed approval of workers' strikes in his native Poland and called for reforms there. "Certainly, strikes are a justified method to defend justice in the social and socioeconomic and sociopolitical fields," the Pope said, when asked about strikes in Gdansk and Nowa Huta. He said the "heart" of the problem in Poland is "lack of a true democracy."
June 3, 1992 | Reuters
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, fearing that strikes could shatter his reforms, delivered billions of rubles in back wages to industrial hot spots Tuesday and urged oil workers to hold out despite hardship. "We all must make sacrifices, but there is a sense to it," Yeltsin said in an appeal to energy workers. "If we hold out, we can stabilize the economy." Russian Television said that Moscow eased the strike threat in Siberia's Kuzbass coal fields by delivering 4 billion rubles in wages.
April 28, 1992 | Associated Press
A rich society used to precision and order stood aghast Monday as garbage piled up in streets, mail delivery halted and transportation collapsed so dramatically that even bike paths were marred by traffic jams. Germany's public employees, demanding higher wages to cope with the costs of unification, opened what they said would be a week of unprecedented walkouts by idling buses, streetcars and trains throughout the western portion of the nation.
July 13, 1989
Strikes paralyzed Britain's rail network, the London subway, the port of London, 41 other British ports and local government services across the nation. The 24-hour national rail strike by the National Union of Railwaymen was its fourth stoppage in four weeks; the daylong strike by London subway drivers was their 10th since April 5. The rail strike followed the breakdown of 12 hours of wage talks between British Rail managers and rail unions.
February 19, 1991
Workers at Alliant Techsystems, a Minneapolis munitions maker, ended a weeklong strike Sunday. While there was no discussion of federal intervention, there are laws governing strikes in crucial industries during war. Among the provisions: * The President has the power during national emergencies to try to stop a strike or lockout if it threatens the nation's safety.
March 20, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
Continental Airlines' flight attendants will strike the company at airports around the country starting at 7 a.m. PST today, the president of the Continental flight attendants union disclosed in an interview Sunday night. The strike is likely to create further problems for beleaguered Texas Air Corp.
June 17, 2002 | Reuters
German construction workers are set to strike for the first time in post-war history today in a pay dispute that marks the latest round of labor unrest in a turbulent election year. The strike in the building sector comes at an awkward moment for Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who is fighting an uphill battle to win re-election in September and only recently began closing the gap in surveys on his challenger Edmund Stoiber.
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