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August 16, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has dropped its bid to recruit about 12,000 aircraft mechanics and other personnel at American Airlines, marking the end to what had become a bitter fight between unions. Their battle to wrest control from the Transport Workers Union was marred by accusations of forged signatures and misrepresentations on both sides, and the strange distribution of airplane vomit bags to make a point. The Teamsters cited the recent announcement that the Justice Department will fight a proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways as their reason for dropping the battle.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
In their largest demonstration yet, truck drivers who haul cargo in and out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on a limited strike Monday to protest what they contend are widespread workplace violations. The truck drivers, from some of the region's largest trucking companies, have accused the companies of illegally misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of as employees. That misclassification results in lower wages and denies them protections that employees get under state and federal labor laws, they contend.
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BUSINESS
July 24, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood's drivers and the major studios continued last-ditch contract talks late Friday in an effort to avoid a head-on collision. The local Teamsters branch, which represents drivers who haul equipment to film sets, has been negotiating for a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which bargains on behalf of the major studios. But a major stumbling block has been a dispute over pay rates for more than 3,000 Teamsters drivers. Barring a last-minute compromise, union leaders are expected to seek a strike authorization vote from members Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By James Rainey
A string of actions by state officials and the National Labor Relations Board has strengthened the hand of truck drivers who say they need union representation to improve pay and working conditions for the thousands who transport cargo out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In a settlement this week, one major trucking company agreed to post notices acknowledging the workers' right to organize - not previously a given because drivers were treated as contract workers, who are not subject to unionization.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2011 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
Automaker BMW and the Teamsters union have tentatively agreed to extend the current labor contract at the Ontario parts distribution warehouse for six months as they work on a long-term agreement. The contracts for 68 workers were set to expire at the end of August, and the German automaker had planned to turn over operation of the facility to a third-party logistics firm. "We had a good discussion with the Teamsters, and we intend to extend the contract for six months to provide the time to address the substantive issues facing both of our organizations," said BMW Group spokesman Kenn Sparks.
BUSINESS
April 9, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Members of the Teamsters ratified a new five-year contract with the nation's long-haul trucking companies, the union and an industry association said. The contract, approved by 70% of the voting members, features pension and benefit improvements, a $750 bonus in the first year, and 35-cents-an-hour wage increases over the next four years--so that senior drivers will make $19.86 an hour by the final year.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Performance Transportation Services Inc., the new-car hauler struck Monday by the Teamsters union, said it had lost customers and was "on a quick path to death." The company controlled by billionaire Ron Burkle, the second-largest hauler of new vehicles in the U.S., issued the warning in a court filing Tuesday. It said that none of its workers had crossed picket lines and that it was not hiring replacement drivers. The stakes are high as well for the Teamsters, which called the strike after the company won U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval to cut worker pay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1987
It seems that no matter what the labor movement does these days, it has no short supply of naysayers--even among those who claim to support labor's goals. Harold Meyerson's article criticizing the reaffiliation of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters with the AFL-CIO is a prime example (Op-Ed Page, Nov. 13). Meyerson seems to attribute the bulk of labor's problems to its poor ranking in one public opinion poll and claims that the Teamsters' reaffiliation will do little to improve the image of the movement.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Teamsters President James P. Hoffa unveiled a plan to rid his 1.4-million-member union of any organized crime elements in an attempt to end more than a decade of federal supervision. The strategy calls for the union to complete by next year a report on any organized crime influence and move toward rooting out corruption. It also calls for creation of a conduct code, an ethics board and an internal system to punish abuses. Hoffa announced the plan at a meeting of union council leaders in Chicago.
NEWS
March 7, 1998 | JEFF LEEDS
Unionized Anheuser-Busch workers in contract talks with their employer say they are prepared to strike as early as next week if the negotiations collapse. Eyeing a Sunday evening deadline for the talks, scores of employees at the brewer's sprawling Van Nuys plant walked a makeshift picket line Thursday, with many carrying signs saying they were "just practicing." But a spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 896 said the workers were ready for a real work stoppage.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Leo Reed has been a professional football player, a police officer and bodyguard to Sylvester Stallone. But he is best known in Hollywood as the leader of Teamsters Local 399, the powerful union representing 4,500 studio transportation coordinators, location managers, casting directors, animal wranglers and drivers who haul stars, props and equipment to film and TV sets. Reed, the undisputed leader of Local 399 for nearly 25 years, now faces his first serious challenge in what is widely acknowledged as an unusually close and deeply divisive election to select the next secretary-treasurer of the union.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has dropped its bid to recruit about 12,000 aircraft mechanics and other personnel at American Airlines, marking the end to what had become a bitter fight between unions. Their battle to wrest control from the Transport Workers Union was marred by accusations of forged signatures and misrepresentations on both sides, and the strange distribution of airplane vomit bags to make a point. The Teamsters cited the recent announcement that the Justice Department will fight a proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways as their reason for dropping the battle.
NATIONAL
June 19, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The FBI on Wednesday closed its latest search for the remains of former Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, ending a dig in a rural field near Detroit where investigators failed to find a trace of the man who has been missing for almost 40 years. The latest effort to locate some trace of Hoffa officially ended Wednesday morning, according to Robert Foley, head of the FBI office in Detroit. He made the announcement hours after officials had resumed digging in the field in Oakland Township, the Detroit area where the union boss had his power base and was last seen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Julian Burke, a corporate turnaround expert who brought a steady hand and political savvy to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority when it was teetering financially and facing federal scrutiny for poor bus service across Los Angeles County, died Saturday at his West Hollywood home. He was 85. His death was confirmed by Allan Lipsky, who had worked with him as the MTA's chief operating officer. He had been ill for some time. Burke was recruited to serve as the agency's interim chief executive in 1997 by then-mayor of Los Angeles and MTA Chairman Richard Riordan.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In the hours BBC (Before Bill Clinton's big speech), large themes were evoked at the Democratic National Convention here. Corporate and union leaders followed one another onto the platform to invite Americans to their political bromance of business and labor working hand-in-work-glove. On Labor Day itself, as men and women in yellow "Teamsters for Obama" T-shirts were strolling around the hall, I was talking to my colleague Matea Gold, who covers politics and money, about unions being at a soul-searching crossroads.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Ailing Twinkies maker Hostess Brands Inc. is going toe-to-toe with its workers' unions in a courtroom clash that the company said may lead to its liquidation. Hostess is trying to persuade a federal bankruptcy judge in New York to allow it to reject existing collective bargaining agreements with the Teamsters and bakers' unions. The maker of Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January, three years after emerging from its last bankruptcy.
NEWS
April 28, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
The Teamsters executive board, which only a month ago agreed to a sweeping settlement of a racketeering suit designed to fight criminal elements in the union, has appointed a new member who has two prior convictions for federal labor law violations. George Vitale, 60, president of Teamsters Union Local 283 in Detroit, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the 18-member board at a meeting this week in Palm Springs. In October, 1972, Vitale pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of accepting $500 from Sanron Service Co., a Detroit company whose workers were represented by Vitale's local, in violation of the Taft-Hartley Act. He was fined $2,000 and given two years probation.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Bankrupt Twinkie-maker Hostess  Brands Inc. is going toe-to-toe with its workers' union in a clash that the company said may lead to its own liquidation. A two-day trial began Tuesday in which Hostess will try to convince a federal bankruptcy judge in New York to allow it to reject its existing collective bargaining agreements with the Teamsters and bakers' unions. The Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread maker filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, less than five years after emerging from its last bout of bankruptcy.
NEWS
September 6, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Led by Sarah Palin, the “tea party” movement, which is often accused of promoting incivility, on Tuesday lashed out at Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa and Democrats for using vulgar language and promoting class war. In his introduction of President Obama in Detroit on Monday, Hoffa warmed up the pro-union crowd on Labor Day with an old-fashioned union call to arms. For the Record, 7:31 a.m. Sept. 9: An earlier version of this online article did not include an ellipsis, indicating that additional language had been skipped, in a quote from Jimmy Hoffa.
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