March 8, 2002 |
The plot features backbiting, conspiracy theories, accusations of cronyism, lies and corruption, even one celebrity calling another "a slug." All the makings of a good Hollywood drama, maybe even a prime-time soap. But this bit of reality TV comes to you via the Screen Actors Guild, Hollywood's biggest and most dysfunctional labor guild. Today, for the second time in five months, it will select a new president.
February 26, 2002 |
Screen Actors Guild presidential candidate Valerie Harper on Monday criticized a tentative deal governing relations between actors and talent agents, saying she is confident members will reject the accord because of potential conflicts of interest.
February 13, 2002 |
Take 2 of the election to decide who will lead the Screen Actors Guild is shaping up as one of the nastiest ever, even at a union where turmoil has been the norm for years. Words like "slug," "hatchet man" and accusations of "hijacking" the election are being hurled by supporters of the leading contenders for the top union posts. Current SAG President Melissa Gilbert broke her silence in an interview Tuesday, accusing opponent Valerie Harper of launching a "brutal" personal campaign.
November 16, 2001 |
James P. Hoffa appeared headed for easy reelection Thursday as president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, fending off a challenge from the leader of a Teamsters local in Oregon. With nearly half the ballots returned by members counted, Hoffa led challenger Tom Leedham by a margin of more than 2 to 1. The ratio was consistent throughout the federally supervised count, which began Tuesday morning and is expected to wrap up by midday today. The union has about 1.
November 5, 2001 |
Taking on one of the most recognizable names in labor can be lonely work. But Tom Leedham is at it again, running his second underdog campaign against Teamsters President James P. Hoffa in a contest to be decided within two weeks. Outspent 7 to 1, backed by only one staffer and a few volunteers and ignored by most media, Leedham nevertheless insists the odds are with him. "I think we're going to win this, I really do," he said during a three-day swing through Los Angeles last week.
October 15, 2001 |
Call it the battle of the network stars, circa 1978. With ballots just mailed, the race for president of the Screen Actors Guild is growing more contentious between actresses Melissa Gilbert and Valerie Harper, two of television's top stars during the 1970s. This week, supporters of each are expected to step up their criticisms as 98,577 actors begin voting in balloting that will last until Oct. 31.
August 25, 2001 |
Workers at DFS North America, a chain of duty-free stores at Los Angeles International Airport, voted to join the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union this week, ending a two-year campaign by the union. The 172 DFS employees at LAX became the first unionized employees in the national chain. The vote is another victory for a multi-union effort to organize the airport that was started three years ago with substantial backing from the AFL-CIO.
July 6, 2001 |
Workers at a Reliant Energy Inc. plant in San Bernardino County voted overwhelmingly this week to reject union representation, but a Utility Workers Union of America official said his organization will file a complaint citing "numerous violations" by the company. The union's chief complaint is that Houston-based Reliant offered a bonus program to workers who meet certain production goals.
June 27, 2001 |
Workers at a San Bernardino power plant bought by Houston-based Reliant Energy Inc. will vote Tuesday on whether to bring back the union that represented them when the facility was owned by Southern California Edison. The rancorous campaign leading up to the vote illustrates one ancillary result of deregulation, which pushed the state's three largest utilities to sell their generating plants.
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August 26, 2000 |
The union representing teachers in the Orange Unified School District says it will let them decide whether to vote on the district's final salary offer or send it back to mediation. The Orange Unified Education Association distributed ballots Friday to its 1,500 members, asking them to say whether they want more information about the district's salary proposal or whether they are ready to vote.