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May 23, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
The day after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. named a former advisor to President George W. Bush to head its corporate and government affairs division, two activist groups filed complaints accusing the retail behemoth and its suppliers of poor labor practices. In more than 30 allegations of unfair labor practices filed with the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday and Thursday, the Our Walmart advocacy organization accused the chain of trying to silence protesting workers. The complaints claim that the company retaliated against, disciplined, intimidated, surveilled and sometimes terminated employees in six states, including California, after the workers voiced opposition to various Wal-Mart activities.
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April 2, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Twenty picketers were arrested Wednesday for blocking traffic at UC Santa Cruz as unionized teaching assistants and tutors began a strike at two UC campuses. The walkout at Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley is expected to extend for a second day Thursday and include the system's other seven undergraduate campuses as well, union leaders said. The United Auto Workers Local 2865 - which represents about 13,000 teaching assistants, tutors and readers - called the strike to protest what it said were unfair labor practices and intimidation by UC administrators.
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BUSINESS
March 20, 1997 | From Reuters
Boeing Co.'s engineers union said Wednesday that it has filed a charge of unfair labor practices over the aerospace giant's decision to merge its training unit into a new venture with FlightSafety International. The Seattle Professional Engineering Employees Assn., which represents more than 23,000 workers at Seattle-based Boeing, said it filed a complaint asking the National Labor Relations Board to prevent Boeing from completing its deal until the legal issues are resolved.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Port truck drivers from three Carson-based firms went on strike Monday, alleging unfair labor practices by their employers, union organizers said. Truck drivers from Green Fleet Systems allege their employer has in recent months retaliated against them for their efforts in seeking to unionize, organizers said. This is their second strike in less than three months. In late August, truck drivers went on a 24-hour strike that ended with a rally with clergy before returning to work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1999
A union representing Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has filed a complaint against Sheriff Lee Baca alleging that he engaged in unfair labor practices. In a nine-page filing submitted Wednesday to the county Employee Relations Commission, executives for the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs allege that Baca aligned himself with a group of disgruntled deputies trying to dissolve the powerful union. "Between Dec.
NEWS
April 5, 1990 | BOB BAKER, TIMES LABOR WRITER
Binion's Horseshoe, a downtown Las Vegas hotel and casino embroiled in a 10-week-old strike by 600 employees, has engaged in a series of unfair labor practices that ranged from firing workers and spying on their conversations to threatening to shoot one of them, according to a complaint issued by the National Labor Relations Board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Labor Relations Board has issued an unfair labor practices complaint against Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center stemming from a lockout of unionized nurses after a single-day strike in October. The 330-member union, American Federation of Nurses, Service Employees International Union Local 535, staged one-day strikes Sept. 15 and Oct. 23, protesting wages, staffing levels and health and safety issues.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2001 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A workers' advocacy group filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday against the popular teen clothing retailer Forever 21 Inc., alleging it engaged in unfair labor practices by systematically contracting work out to sweatshops. The lawsuit by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center named 19 workers who allegedly sewed, ironed or packed Forever 21 clothing six days a week, sometimes 12 hours a day, for far less than the minimum wage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1991 | SCOTT GRAVES
Ventura County firefighters threatened to charge the county with unfair labor practices Thursday, saying county representatives refused to allow a tape recorder during contract negotiations and walked out of a negotiation meeting last week. The county presented 10 ground rules at the beginning of the Dec. 20 negotiation meeting, most of which were accepted by the firefighters' representatives, said Ken Maffei, president of the Ventura County Professional Firefighters' Assn.
NEWS
November 17, 1990 | BOB BAKER, TIMES LABOR WRITER
Beverly Enterprises, the nation's largest nursing home chain, has been found guilty of unfair labor practices at 35 facilities in 13 states by a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge. The ruling, made in Washington by Judge Martin J. Linsky, was based on a 1987 NLRB staff complaint that the $2-billion-a-year corporation engaged in a nationwide pattern of harassment and assaults against employees who attempted to unionize.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
The day after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. named a former advisor to President George W. Bush to head its corporate and government affairs division, two activist groups filed complaints accusing the retail behemoth and its suppliers of poor labor practices. In more than 30 allegations of unfair labor practices filed with the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday and Thursday, the Our Walmart advocacy organization accused the chain of trying to silence protesting workers. The complaints claim that the company retaliated against, disciplined, intimidated, surveilled and sometimes terminated employees in six states, including California, after the workers voiced opposition to various Wal-Mart activities.
SPORTS
December 15, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
It was only a matter of time before hockey's labor dispute moved from multiple unproductive bargaining sessions to multiple legal filings. The NHL laid the groundwork in not one but two forums Friday, filing a class-action complaint in federal court in New York, aiming to confirm the legality of its lockout. The league also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board targeting a possible union move to dissolve itself. Those moves were anticipated and all about location, location, location.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2012 | By William D'Urso and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
About 20,000 AT&T workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut went on strike Tuesday to protest what their union says is the company's unfair labor practices, including trying to negotiate contracts directly with employees. The strike, set for two days, involves 17,000 customer service, installation and maintenance employees in California and Nevada, and 3,000 employees in Connecticut. The strike came on the same day that AT&T Inc. reached a tentative agreement with other union workers in its land-line business.
SPORTS
May 24, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
NBA players on Tuesday filed an unfair labor practices charge against the league with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging "harsh, inflexible and grossly regressive 'takeaway' demands. " The National Basketball Players Assn. said it's seeking an immediate investigation by the NLRB, plus an injunction to stop the league's threatened lockout of players when the current collective-bargaining agreement expires June 30. The union claims the NBA has violated three sections of the National Labor Relations Act in the months preceding Tuesday's filing.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams
Santa Barbara News-Press journalists fired in a dispute with the publisher over control of the paper's news content lost a round in court Tuesday when a federal appeals panel declined to order them reinstated. The 2-1 decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was a legal victory for News-Press owner and Publisher Wendy McCaw in her ongoing battle with employees who contend her intrusions damage the paper's journalistic integrity. The employees' dispute with McCaw became public in the summer of 2006, when five top editors resigned to protest what she characterized as efforts to correct biased reporting.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Forget about what's happening in a galaxy far, far away. Closer to home in Marin County, George Lucas and his film company are immersed in a labor battle with the union that represents about 100 sound editors and mixers who work at the company's Skywalker Ranch. Lucasfilm Ltd., the producer of the "Star Wars" films, has filed an unfair-labor-practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Local 16 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
NEWS
April 2, 1993 | SHERYL STOLBERG and LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Nearly 12,000 Kaiser Permanente service employees staged a one-day strike Thursday, forcing Southern California's largest health maintenance organization to reschedule patient appointments and deploy top-level administrators as clerks, housekeepers and dishwashers.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
Beer maker Anheuser-Busch Cos. may have to reinstate several employees fired for using illegal drugs at work because the company used hidden cameras without informing the employees' union, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The brewer fired five workers in 1998 after hidden cameras showed them smoking marijuana in an area where employees sometimes take breaks at one of its St. Louis brewing facilities. Four additional workers were suspended for leaving their work areas.
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