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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Members of the Teamsters Union that represents Orange County Transit Authority bus drivers have voted to authorize a strike if current negotiations break down, union officials said Saturday. More than 500 members of Local 952, which represents 1,227 full- and part-time drivers, voted Friday and Saturday to authorize union leadership to call a strike, said Patrick Kelly, secretary-treasurer. He said the two sides aren't far apart on key issues of salary and working conditions.
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NATIONAL
April 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
A former federal prosecutor hired by the Teamsters to investigate union corruption quit with his team Thursday, accusing President James P. Hoffa of resisting the efforts. Hoffa rejected the accusations by Edwin H. Stier, who was hired nearly five years ago to run the union's internal anticrime program. Hoffa called the charges about the union's commitment to fighting organized crime "reckless and false allegations."
BUSINESS
March 30, 2004 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Union officials charged Monday that Costco Wholesale Corp. is violating state law by requiring employees to man tables soliciting signatures for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's workers' compensation reform initiative. In a letter to Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, California officials of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters accused Costco of coercing its workers "to engage in political activity on behalf of an employer."
BUSINESS
December 20, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Talks aimed at ending the Southland supermarket strike abruptly broke off late Friday after the union offered what it called substantial concessions on health benefits. The proposal was rejected and both sides called off negotiations until after the New Year, a union leader said. In a second blow to the United Food and Commercial Workers, the Teamsters said its members would return to work Monday at warehouses owned by the three grocery chains in the dispute.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2003 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Supplies at Southland supermarkets appeared to be a mixed bag Friday, with some Ralphs stores boasting nearly full shelves even though Teamsters are now honoring United Food and Commercial Workers union picket lines at warehouses. Perishables such as fruit and vegetables were considerably scarcer at Vons and Albertsons, according to a spot-check of several stores.
OPINION
November 26, 2003
The Teamsters' announcement that they will refuse to deliver to the grocery stores beginning a few days before Thanksgiving is a classic example of why unions lack public support (Nov. 25). Their disregard for the effects of their actions on others reinforces my perception of unions as groups of aloof, self-centered bullies. I have been asked to forgo convenience and choice for the last two months; now I am expected to accept a holiday food shortage for the purpose of gaining an attractive benefit package for grocery workers.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2003 | James F. Peltz and Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writers
The Teamsters' support for striking grocery clerks created a delivery-truck bottleneck at warehouses in Southern California on Tuesday, but supermarket chains said they continued to ship goods to stores without major interruption. The Teamsters' action also didn't appear to have an immediate effect on shoppers buying groceries for Thanksgiving, though supplies varied from store to store. The three supermarket companies -- Safeway Inc., which owns Vons and Pavilions, Kroger Co.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Giving a boost to striking supermarket clerks, the Teamsters union Monday ordered its drivers and warehouse workers to honor picket lines at grocery distribution centers in Southern California, disrupting food deliveries during one of the busiest shopping weeks of the year.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2003 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
The Teamsters union is expected to endorse the presidential candidacy of Missouri Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, sources said Thursday, support that would give a well-timed boost to his bid for the Democratic nomination. The executive board of the Teamsters, which, with 1.3 million members, is one of the nation's largest unions, planned to confirm its choice in a telephone conference call today, according to the sources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2003 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
Leamon Lee Kearney, who rose from poverty to become one of California's most powerful labor leaders, has died. He was 89. Kearney died Thursday of complications from pneumonia at his home in Orange. In 1949, Kearney cofounded a new Teamsters local in growing postwar Orange County, and served as its secretary-treasurer for 33 years until his retirement.
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