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November 7, 1992
Paul William Walter, 85, who worked for former U.S. Sen. Robert A. Taft and contributed to the union-limiting Taft-Hartley Act. Walter steered the northern Ohio senatorial campaigns for Taft in 1938, 1944 and 1950, and helped secure delegates for Taft's unsuccessful 1952 GOP presidential campaign. In Bratenahl, Ohio, on Wednesday of cancer.
August 10, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council on Friday told the federal government to stay out of the labor contract disputes at the port of Los Angeles and other West Coast harbors. The action came in response to reports that the Bush administration may invoke the Taft-Hartley Act to head off work stoppages. The Pacific Maritime Assn., representing the port operators, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing the dock workers, have been negotiating for a new contract since June.
May 29, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Al Hartley, 81, who spent nearly three decades illustrating the "Archie" comic strips and also drew for Marvel Comics, died Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla. He had undergone heart surgery earlier this month. Hartley was a native of Kearny, N.J. His father, Republican Rep. Fred Hartley, co-sponsored the Taft-Hartley Act of 1946, which allows a president to force striking or locked-out workers back to their jobs if the labor impasse is seen as endangering the national security or economy.
November 23, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
Lee C. Shaw, one of the most respected management attorneys in labor law who helped draft the nation's durable guide for employer-employee negotiations, the Taft-Hartley Act, is dead at 86. Shaw, a founding partner of the Chicago-based firm Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson, died Nov. 15 in San Diego, where he had lived in retirement.
September 28, 1987 | from Times Wire Services
Morris Weisberger, leader of the Sailors' Union of the Pacific for 21 years, has died after a long illness, the union reported over the weekend. He was 80. The Cleveland-born Weisberger grew up in an orphanage after his parents died when he was 7. At the age of 17 he went to sea as an seaman apprentice. He survived a fire aboard the steamer Morro Castle when it burned in 1934 off Asbury Park, N.J. The tragedy claimed the lives of 125 people and is listed as one of the worst accidents in U.S.
May 18, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The dockworkers' union and shipping lines said Thursday that they had agreed to early labor contract talks in hopes of reaching an early settlement and avoiding the rancor that had shut down West Coast ports for 11 days in 2002. The joint statement by the Pacific Maritime Assn.
October 1, 2002
By locking out the longshoremen not once but twice (after publicly threatening to do so several times), management has made it clear that it never intended to sit down at the table with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and bargain in good faith (Sept. 30). Rather, its plan all along has been to get the federal government involved in these negotiations in the hope that the feds could succeed in pulling off what it (the Pacific Maritime Assn.) has been unable to do, i.e., break the longshoremen's union.
November 30, 2012 | Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The small band of strikers that has effectively shut down the nation's busiest shipping complex forced two huge cargo ships to head for other ports Thursday and kept at least three others away, hobbling an economic powerhouse in Southern California. The disruption is costing an estimated $1 billion a day at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, on which some 600,000 truckers, dockworkers, trading companies and others depend for their livelihoods. "The longer it goes, the more the impacts increase," said Paul Bingham, an economist with infrastructure consulting firm CDM Smith.
August 18, 1985
The article on the campaign to pay women for doing housework in their own homes ("L.A. Pair Seek Wages for Women's Unpaid Work" by Kathleen Hendrix, July 28) certainly raised some interesting points. However, it left unanswered many practical questions about how the wages-for-housework plan would really operate. For instance, where will the payments come from? From the government, now that it has all that extra money lying around that was formerly used to regulate the phone company?
Talks between the longshore union and shipping line group collapsed Sunday night, and a federal mediator said there was a "good possibility" the Bush administration would invoke the Taft-Hartley Act to reopen West Coast cargo ports. Peter J. Hurgten, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, emerged from a meeting with negotiators from both sides about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, saying there would probably not be further meetings for "a few days."
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