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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1997 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A newly opened job center in Hollywood where day laborers wait for work is under fire from local contractors, who complain that the center is unfairly promoting the services of unlicensed workers. Citing a flier for the center that advertises roofers, painters and plumbers, contractors complained that the city-funded center gives an advantage to the laborers, most of whom are not licensed by the state.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1997 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two women crouch over the dirty bathtub, sponges in hand. The vacant Los Feliz Hills bungalow is caked with months' accumulation of grimy dust, a tougher house than most of their cleaning jobs. But this assignment comes with a certain edge of pride. Domestic workers Clara Choquin and Sandra Oliva landed this job through a program they're spearheading at a new Hollywood community job center, a worker-driven endeavor that matches employers with qualified housekeepers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1997
A new and unique job center that connects day laborers and domestic workers with local employers will celebrate a grand opening in Hollywood today. The Hollywood Community Jobs Center, located on a lot provided by a nearby Sears store, will have a rain-protected area with chairs and telephones so that employers can come by or call to hire workers.
NEWS
August 31, 1997 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 35 million Americans now hold "nonstandard" jobs--part-timers, independent contractors, temp workers, the self-employed--and represent a distinct, and disadvantaged, class within the U.S. work force, according to a new wage and benefit analysis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1997
Concerned that the city may step up enforcement of an ordinance making it illegal to solicit work on street corners, Pomona Mayor Eddie Cortez and some day laborers are expressing anger at the City Council's failure to approve creation of a day laborer center. Cortez said the city has already started citing day laborers for loitering. More than a year ago, the council approved a statute making it a misdemeanor to solicit work on streets, parking lots or sidewalks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1997
It will soon be against the law for day laborers to seek work on Monrovia's streets, sidewalks and parking lots, and for residents to hire them. The City Council this week approved an ordinance making it a misdemeanor for such workers to gather in public places looking for work and for potential employers to hire them. Fliers in English and Spanish will be distributed and signs will be posted when the law is enacted Aug. 15.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1997
Citing its desire to move people quickly from welfare to work, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a program that directs county departments to give public assistance recipients in its job training program hiring preference for temporary clerical work. Supervisor Gloria Molina said her proposal is designed to show how much the county supports the federal government's overhaul of the welfare system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
To help teens find summer jobs, the Orange County office of the state Employment Development Department is matching prospective workers with businesses seeking temporary help. Students met with potential employers in both the private and public sectors at job fairs over the weekend at several locations across the county. Organizers said the fairs drew hundreds of teens and more than 100 employers. Many students seek summer employment as a way to make some spending money.
BUSINESS
March 31, 1997 | From Bloomberg News
Employment and wages in the U.S. temporary services industry continued to grow in 1996, according to the National Assn. of Temporary and Staffing Services. The number of people on the job as temporary workers averaged 2.311 million a day in 1996, a 6.9% increase over 1995, the industry survey found. Wages paid to those workers last year rose 12.8% from 1995 to $31.461 billion. Temporary workers made up 1.87% of employed workers last year compared with 1.78% in 1995, the survey said.
BUSINESS
February 22, 1997 | EVELYN IRITANI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was another hot, dusty Texas afternoon. Inside the retail warehouse, the temperature was well over 100 degrees. By midafternoon, the crew of temporary workers was clearly fed up with shuffling heavy boxes for a few pennies above the hourly minimum wage. One man vented his frustration by yelling at the manager. Several others began furtively ramming their forklifts into the boxes, causing untold damage to the appliances inside.
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