October 30, 2003 |
With two ongoing strikes affecting mass transit and the city's major supermarkets, here's a look back at how some lesser-known strikes hit home in Hollywood. The Deepak Chopra Strike of 1989 Length of work stoppage: Three months Synopsis: Was the path to spiritual enlightenment connecting with your Dosha or developing a strong sense of Synchrodestiny? After months of negotiations in his head, Mr. Chopra declared an impasse on this question and briefly walked out on himself.
August 18, 2003
Thank you for David Macaray's Aug. 13 commentary, "Let Unions Operate in a 'Free Market.' " Anyone with eyes to see and a mind to understand has seen the organized labor movement deteriorate within the last 30 years. Complex, top-heavy legislation has created a climate where, on a case-by-case basis, management -- galvanized by the notion that the American worker is too unsophisticated to decode its strategy -- is permitted to connect the dots to compromise contract agreements while union officials look the other way. Each case has weakened organized labor until unions have been reduced to pathetic, toothless "dinosaurs."
October 11, 2002 |
When President Bush invoked a rarely used labor law to force the reopening of West Coast ports this week, he struck a double blow: one against what government lawyers argued was a threat to economic and national security, and a second against what pollsters said could be a threat to Republican political security.
October 9, 2002 |
West Coast ports are set to reopen tonight after a federal court Tuesday granted a temporary injunction ending the lockout that has bottled up ports from San Diego to Seattle, inflicting billions of dollars in damage on an already shaky economy. President Bush requested the emergency order Tuesday after a White House panel informed him that "seeds of distrust" had so poisoned relations between shipping lines and dockworkers that the two sides were unlikely to reach an agreement on their own.
October 8, 2002 |
President Bush set the stage Monday to force the rapid reopening of West Coast ports after federally mediated contract talks between shipping lines and locked-out dockworkers broke off. The president created a three-member board of inquiry that will report to him today on whether there are grounds to seek a court order to reopen the ports under the rarely used Taft-Hartley Act.
October 1, 2002 |
Although the Bush administration moved cautiously Monday to intervene in the West Coast ports shutdown, few observers doubt that the president will act quickly to end the lockout if the two sides can't settle their differences within days. Most administration attention now focuses on the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, which gives the president the power to call for an 80-day cooling-off period.