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March 29, 1990
Bellflower officials have approved a petition that lays the groundwork for an election for blue-collar city workers to decide if they want to be represented by a union. Deputy City Administrator Craig Nealis said that representatives of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees were notified of the petition, which was filed Feb. 6 and approved Tuesday.
February 5, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday reignited a debate after proposing rules that would speed up and streamline union elections, a move business groups immediately opposed. The NLRB, divided along party lines, faces a battle with business groups over the rules, previously proposed in 2011 and invalidated by a court ruling, that would allow for electronic filing of election petitions, include telephone numbers and email addresses in voter lists and consolidate election-related appeals.
February 26, 1999
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board on Thursday authorized a union election for more than 500 of the agency's nonunion workers. The decision to conduct the balloting was made despite the fact that 74% of the workers already have signed cards selecting the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union as their bargaining agent. Mayor Richard Riordan, chairman of the MTA board, urged an immediate count to verify the card signatures, rather than holding an election.
October 21, 2013 | By James Rainey
After twin setbacks in their bid to take control of a local union, dissident building engineers pledged to keep pressing their case -- asking for reconsideration of a judge's ruling and appealing for a re-do of a union election that they lost in August. Members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 501 contend that they lost the election because some workers were intimidated and hundreds of others did not receive ballots. They said they have brought those concerns to the attention of the U.S. Department of Labor, but have been told that the agency would not follow up. Ed Oquendo, a Department of Labor official in Los Angeles, referred questions to a press officer, who said she did not have enough information to comment.
October 3, 1997
Results of a union election held Wednesday at the Miramar Sheraton Hotel were inconclusive because challenges were filed to several ballots, officials said Thursday. James Middleton, field examiner for the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board, said workers cast 106 votes in favor of retaining Local 814 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union as their bargaining agent and 114 votes against the union.
October 8, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
Archbishop Roger Mahony announced Friday that he has directed officials of the Los Angeles Archdiocese to take steps leading to an election among Archdiocese cemetery workers to determine if they want to be represented by a union. Mahony's announcement came one day after he received a letter from the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union requesting that an election be held by an impartial third party to be jointly chosen.
Casual footwear maker Vans Inc., which beat back a union campaign earlier this year, said Friday that it faces a new union election in the wake of a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board that it violated federal labor law while battling a Teamsters representation drive.
July 27, 1989 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
In perhaps the most important union organizing election in the recent history of the American labor movement, 2,400 workers at Nissan's huge U.S. car and truck assembly complex here voted Wednesday on whether to join the United Auto Workers. The voting continued until early this morning to accommodate workers on the plant's late shift, so results were not available. Before the voting, both the company and the union said they were confident of victory.
September 3, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
Jerry Tucker, a veteran union activist who has become a symbol of discontent within the United Auto Workers, was elected to the UAW's executive board Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, culminating a 27-month struggle that badly embarrassed the UAW leadership. Tucker, 49, was elected director of the union's eight-state, 80,000-member Region 5 at a special election held under the auspices of the Labor Department.
His tattooed arms crossed, Charles Poper listened intently as James P. Hoffa, son of the late Teamsters leader, stood in a blue truck pumping his fists in the air and promising to invigorate the nation's largest private-sector union. "I wonder if this is the man who can change things around," said Poper, 49, an Orange County bus driver disenchanted with his local union and the lot of the working man. "At this point, I haven't decided."
October 8, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Leo Reed has been a professional football player, a police officer and bodyguard to Sylvester Stallone. But he is best known in Hollywood as the leader of Teamsters Local 399, the powerful union representing 4,500 studio transportation coordinators, location managers, casting directors, animal wranglers and drivers who haul stars, props and equipment to film and TV sets. Reed, the undisputed leader of Local 399 for nearly 25 years, now faces his first serious challenge in what is widely acknowledged as an unusually close and deeply divisive election to select the next secretary-treasurer of the union.
August 27, 2013 | By James Rainey
Members of a large Los Angeles-based union local that has been torn by internal strife have reelected their leaders in a closely watched election that included accusations that the organization was beset by fraud, racketeering and intimidation tactics. Challengers said they had hoped to strike a blow against national leaders of the International Union of Operating Engineers, who the dissidents alleged had nurtured a culture of corruption. The contest, which included two competing slates of dissidents, was widely followed in labor circles.
August 26, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Writers from more than 20 shows on the NBC and USA networks are leaning on Comcast/NBCU CEO Stephen Burke to honor the results of a recent union election at NBCU-owned Peacock Productions. Peacock produces nonfiction programming, including "Caught on Camera" and "Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda," for basic cable networks. Peacock employees have been working to join the union for more than a year and recently voted to do so. NBCU is seeking to nullify the election results, contending that the workers are supervisors and not entitled to rights under the National Labor Relations Act, the Writers Guild of America said in a statement.
September 25, 2012 | By Matt Garcia
Cesar Chavez died in 1993, but the Mexican American labor leader's prominence continues to grow. Streets in many American cities bear his name; his face appeared on a postage stamp; President Obama embraced Chavez's slogan, " Sí, se puede " ("Yes, it can be done") in his 2008 campaign; and Apple featured the United Farm Workers founder in its "think different" campaign. These honors have all served to heighten public awareness of Chavez, who for a time seemed to be winning the battle to bring justice to the farm fields of California.
December 18, 2009 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
An upstart union challenging the giant Service Employees International Union won a plurality Friday in a disputed and closely watched union vote at a Sonoma County Hospital. But the National Labor Relations Board, which oversaw the vote at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, said it could not declare a winner because the final margin was close and 17 ballots were challenged. "At this point, we don't have a determinative result," said Tim Peck, assistant to the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board.
August 17, 2008 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
The election of a Los Angeles union leader under fire for his labor group's spending practices is the subject of a government review that could force a new vote because of complaints that the contest was unfair to challengers. The U.S. Labor Department is investigating allegations that Tyrone Freeman's union local made it nearly impossible for candidates not on his slate to qualify for the ballot, according to people familiar with the probe. Freeman's local, a chapter of the giant Service Employees International Union, has denied that the election rules were tilted against challengers.
Ten-year police veteran Mitzi Grasso--appointed to a vacant position on the Los Angeles Police Protective League board several months ago--Tuesday became the first woman elected to the board of the historically conservative union. Board President Cliff Ruff, who had said his future as head of the league had depended on how well he balanced tough union boosterism with an outreach to the community at large, was returned to office by almost a 2-1 margin.
Thirty members of a laborers union local from Orange County picketed the union's district office here Thursday over a bitter election they contend was stolen. The national leaders of the Laborers' International Union of North America say they have looked into the complaint of election fraud at Santa Ana's Local 652, found it groundless and rejected an appeal.
February 22, 2008 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
A.J. Duffy won a second term Thursday as president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the city's powerful teachers union. The 64-year-old special education teacher won 58.7% of the vote, and will avoid a runoff. "That's big," Duffy said. "That's an affirmation by the membership that voted. Despite the missteps I might have taken, they acknowledged that I've done a good job. And they acknowledged I've always been there for members."
September 19, 2007 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Members of the Writers Guild of America, West, overwhelmingly reelected Patric M. Verrone as the union's president, giving him and his slate a strong show of support amid contentious contract negotiations with Hollywood studios. Verrone won a second two-year term with 90% of the vote. As expected, he easily defeated lone challenger Kathy Kiernan, a KNX-AM (1070) news writer, who joined the board as a supporter of Verrone's and was not considered a serious challenger.
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