August 27, 2013 |
At least 15 port truck drivers with a Carson-based trucking firm went on a 24-hour strike scheduled to culminate in a Tuesday rally, alleging their employer is trying to thwart their efforts to unionize. The action against the company, Green Fleet Systems, began late Monday when truck drivers and their supporters picketed outside the company's Carson facility. Truckers contend that company supervisors have been illegally dissuading them from joining a union -- an allegation Green Fleet denied.
August 27, 2013 |
At least 15 port truck drivers seeking to unionize at a Carson-based firm went on strike Monday night, kicking off a week's worth of planned labor actions. Labor groups organizing strikes and rallies are aiming to draw attention to low-wage workers in industries including fast food and logistics. On Monday, port truck drivers picketed outside Green Fleet Systems' Carson facility. They allege their employer has tried intimidating workers in an effort to discourage them from organizing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 |
For generations of children, it is the pleasing sound of summer: the tinny, high-pitched rendering of "La Cucaracha" and "It's a Small World" coming from ice cream trucks trudging through their neighborhood. The music sparks Pavlovian desires for Popsicles, Bomb Pops, 50/50 bars and ice cream sandwiches. For some residents of Long Beach, though, the repetitive - and sometimes competitive - warbling has become an annoying nuisance, more like nails on a blackboard. The City Council this week took a step toward reining it in, drafting an ordinance that would require ice cream truck drivers to turn off the music when they are serving customers.
May 15, 2013 |
Two truck drivers have sued one of Southern California's largest trucking companies, alleging they were denied breaks, lunch hours and overtime because they were treated as independent contractors rather than employees of Harbor Express Inc. The lawsuit filed this week is one of several complaints lodged against trucking companies in recent years and is seeking class-action status. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said it could affect as many as 400 truck drivers who worked for the Wilmington-based company since May 2009.
HOME & GARDEN
April 20, 2013 |
From the well-lighted Argentine restaurant -- my suggestion via Yelp -- to the 70-degree night, all is well on this second date. As Dylan tactfully yanks shrimp from their shells, he tells me about his Japanese father, who strictly regulated all behavior in his mixed-race Kentucky home, from TV viewing to bowel movements. How disturbing and interesting. Go on, I tell him with nods and eye contact. "We couldn't swear -- ever," he says. "Not even d-a-m-n. " He still tries not to curse.
February 28, 2013 |
The hand that once wrote about daily NBA schedules on a greaseboard in the Lakers' locker room now composes daily specials on a surfboard propped against a sunset-colored truck. Kona Sunset Shrimp Tacos, two for $7. The distinctive voice that once boomed through the halls of Staples Center now is heard from underneath a tiny window; instead of ordering Lakers players into their uniforms, it is now taking office workers' orders for lunch. Welcome to Sam Choy's Pineapple Express, may I help you?
December 7, 2012 |
In the wake of last month's deadly Texas train crash, the Midland Police Department does not plan to file charges against the man who drove a parade float carrying 12 veterans and their wives onto railroad tracks, a city spokeswoman said Friday. The Nov. 15 crash in the West Texas town killed four veterans and seriously wounded five other people. The driver, Dale Andrew Hayden, was not physically injured in the crash. “We don't have any plans to file against the driver,” spokeswoman Sara Higgins told the Los Angeles Times.
November 20, 2012 |
BUENOS AIRES -- Strikes called by two Argentine unions pressing for reduced taxes and better social benefits paralyzed Buenos Aires and much of the country, the latest signs of an upswell in opposition to President Cristina Fernandez and her policies. Truck drivers, garbage collectors, train conductors and airport employees observed the strike called by the General Workers Confederation and Argentinian Workers Central -- unions that combined have about 500,000 members. An estimated 2,000 trucks blocked bridges and arterial roads in Buenos Aires as well as those leading to provincial capitals, bringing commerce to a halt.
September 27, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Last month, it was South African platinum miners out on strike. This month they have been followed by other platinum miners, gold miners, coal miners and truck drivers, as workers race to match last week's 22% wage gain won by Lonmin platinum workers after a wildcat strike at the company's Marikana facility. Analysts warned Wednesday of more rogue strikes, increasing union militancy and pressure for matching wage gains, with workers abandoning existing wage agreements and their unions, as the Lonmin miners did. Every year, South Africa's "strike season" sees millions of working days lost, usually shrugged off by international investors as the price of doing business here.