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July 26, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter and Debora Vrana, Times Staff Writers
Two of the nation's largest unions Monday officially bolted from the AFL-CIO, deepening a rift over the future of the struggling U.S. labor movement while raising questions about labor's support of the Democratic Party.
July 25, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter and Debora Vrana, Times Staff Writers
Four major unions announced Sunday that they would boycott the AFL-CIO's annual convention here this week, heightening expectations that the unions planned to cut ties with the 50-year-old labor federation. Leaders of the four unions -- the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers, Service Employees International Union and Unite Here, a garment and hotel workers union -- said the decision came after recent talks to prevent the walkout failed. Andrew L.
June 7, 2005 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The Teamsters union ended a two-week strike against Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. on Sunday after approving a five-year contract that called for improvements in health benefits and an 85-cent-an-hour annual pay raise, a union local official said Monday. "It was a good offer. It's a very good package," said Rene Medrano, secretary-general of Local 896 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
June 6, 2005 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Teamsters workers ended a two-week strike against Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. and returned to work Sunday after some members changed their minds and accepted a deal worked out earlier by union negotiators. About 1,650 striking drivers, packers and warehouse workers at the company's seven Los Angeles plants were seeking better wages and healthcare benefits under a proposed five-year contract.
June 3, 2005 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Teamsters production workers at Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. on Thursday rejected a contract deal worked out by union negotiators to end an 11-day strike, and planned to resume picketing today at all seven local plants. The surprising news came after a scheduled ratification vote dragged into a contentious five-hour meeting between union leaders and rank-and-file members.
May 28, 2005 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters launched a boycott against Coca-Cola Co. products late Friday, targeting the traditional Memorial Day kickoff to a thirsty summer. The boycott comes in support of about 1,700 striking union members in Los Angeles. They walked picket lines for the fourth day Friday at all seven Los Angeles-area bottling and distribution plants operated by Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., an Atlanta-based company that distributes most of the nation's Coca-Cola products.
January 2, 2005 | Nancy Cleeland and Alexander Renderos, Special to the Times
Teamsters organizer Jose Gilberto Soto liked to call himself "the voice of the voiceless." In early November, while standing outside his childhood home here, Soto was silenced -- shot in the back by unknown assailants. He died moments later in his sister's arms. The 49-year-old New Jersey resident had planned to meet the next day with truck drivers from El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua -- part of an ambitious, multi-union effort to organize every step of the global shipping system.
December 11, 2004 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Teamster truck drivers probably will strike 99 Cents Only Stores on Monday night, a top local union official said Friday, accusing the City of Commerce-based retailer of stalling in contract negotiations. Paul Kenny, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 630, had pressed the company for a final offer by Thursday. But in a terse e-mail response, 99 Cents Chief Executive Eric Schiffer said the union would have to wait until noon Monday.
December 8, 2004 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Teamster truck drivers at 99 Cents Only Stores voted Tuesday night to authorize a strike after failing to get an initial contract with the City of Commerce- based discount merchant. A strike by the 65 union drivers, which would hit the retailer's 153 stores in Southern California at the peak of the holiday shopping season, could start any day, said Paul Kenny, secretary-treasurer of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 630.
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