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February 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi filed charges of unfair practices against the California State Automobile Assn. and two other insurers. Garamendi charged the CSAA Inter-Insurance Bureau with unreasonable delays in payment of health insurance claims on 18 separate cases, each of which could be punishable by a $10,000 fine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
October 24, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Yes, Obamacare's website debacle is a problem for the healthcare reform program and for many customers still unable to apply for and secure health insurance. But no, it's not the first time a big government program experienced birth pangs. The go-to source on how to manage the launch of a major federal undertaking, of course, is Franklin D. Roosevelt, who launched dozens of such programs during the New Deal--several of them every bit as revolutionary as the Affordable Care Act. As I mentioned in a just-published interview with the New Republic's Jen Kirby connected with my book about the New Deal , the rollouts of many of these programs were not without glitches.
NEWS
April 25, 1989
The United Mine Workers expanded its strike against the Pittston Coal Group to temporarily include Westmoreland Coal Co. in Cleveland, Va. UMW District 28 President Jackie Stump said union President Richard L. Trumka called the three-day work stoppage at Westmoreland's mines in western Virginia in part because the company is suspected of filling coal orders for Pittston. Some 1,400 Pittston employees in Virginia and 300 in West Virginia went on strike April 5, accusing the company of unfair practices.
REAL ESTATE
July 7, 2002
In "Upside and Downside of YSPs" (June 16), Jack Guttentag examines yield spread premiums and the risks posed in adopting proposals that limit their responsible use. Guttentag is right on the mark in cautioning regulators of the risk of "throwing out the baby with the bathwater" when YSPs can be used to benefit the consumer. The purpose of YSPs is not to deliver "high cost" loans by mortgage brokers. Used as a means to decrease closing costs, YSPs can be beneficial to borrowers with little cash to obtain no-cost mortgages or represent an alternative for those willing to pay a higher rate to reduce upfront fees.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2000 | Reuters
DoubleClick Inc., the leading online advertising company, was hit with separate countersuits filed by L90 Inc. and a subsidiary of 24/7 Media Inc. in a dispute over a patent for technology used in placing ads on Web sites. The federal suit filed by 24/7's Sabela Media Inc. subsidiary is a response to a complaint DoubleClick brought in December.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Yes, Obamacare's website debacle is a problem for the healthcare reform program and for many customers still unable to apply for and secure health insurance. But no, it's not the first time a big government program experienced birth pangs. The go-to source on how to manage the launch of a major federal undertaking, of course, is Franklin D. Roosevelt, who launched dozens of such programs during the New Deal--several of them every bit as revolutionary as the Affordable Care Act. As I mentioned in a just-published interview with the New Republic's Jen Kirby connected with my book about the New Deal , the rollouts of many of these programs were not without glitches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1992 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Canter's delicatessen, an institution on Fairfax Avenue since 1948, faces charges of unfair labor practices arising from a long-running dispute over health insurance and unionization at the 24-hour deli, bakery and restaurant.
NEWS
June 16, 1988
The Writers Guild of America filed an unfair labor practices charge with the National Labor Relations Board against 13 Hollywood companies that it claimed are unlawfully withholding information about writers who are working in violation of the guild's strike rules. Separately, negotiators for the guild and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are scheduled to meet today to consider a formal revised contract proposal from the producers.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2013 | David Lazarus
Michael Barr served as the U.S. Treasury Department's assistant secretary for financial institutions in 2009 and 2010. He oversaw the Obama administration's dealings with Congress in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And he's still smarting from the experience. "The banks fought against the bureau tooth and nail," Barr told me. "They were in an all-out war with the administration over this. " But he makes no effort to hide his satisfaction with how things turned out. "The financial sector lost that fight," Barr said.
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.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
More workers than ever filed complaints this year with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concerning office discrimination, the agency said this week. A total of 99,947 allegations were filed of unfair workplace practices based on race, sex, age, religion, disability or even family medical history, according to the EEOC's annual performance report for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. That's the highest number since the commission was launched through the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
OPINION
June 21, 2011 | By Peter Navarro
The American economy has been in trouble for more than a decade, and no amount of right-wing tax cuts or left-wing fiscal stimuli will solve the primary structural problem underpinning our slow growth and high unemployment. That problem is a massive, persistent trade deficit — most of it with China — that cuts the number of jobs created by nearly the number we need to keep America fully employed. To understand why huge U.S. trade deficits represent the taproot of the nation's economic woes, it's crucial to understand that four factors drive our gross domestic product: consumption, business investment, government spending and net exports.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2008 | From Reuters
Online classifieds leader Craigslist.com filed a countersuit Tuesday against business rival EBay Inc., alleging that EBay had used its minority stake in Craigslist to steal corporate trade secrets. In a lawsuit filed in Superior Court in San Francisco, Craigslist challenged allegations in an EBay suit filed in Delaware state court in April that accused Craigslist of discriminating against EBay as a shareholder.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2000 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The war between the advertising industry and striking actors escalated Tuesday, with ad agencies filing federal unfair labor practice complaints against the actors' union for allegedly threatening to permanently ban from the union any actors who appear in commercials during the strike. The Screen Actors Guild immediately fired back, with its chief negotiator John McGuire calling the allegations "groundless and without merit."
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
December 9, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
The federal government said it was investigating 22 mortgage providers after a national housing group accused them of engaging in unfair lending practices toward borrowers with poor credit scores. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition said Wednesday that the lenders had implemented policies that require borrowers to have scores higher than the minimum established for certain loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees the FHA, said it would investigate the allegations.
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