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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2004 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Unhappy with their union leadership, about 3,500 food-service workers at Disneyland and California Adventure have voted to split from their local and form a new one. The vote comes after allegations of a tainted election and a two-year struggle for power within the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 681, which had about 7,000 members in Orange County and Long Beach.
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BUSINESS
August 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
The main union at Caterpillar Inc. said its members voted Sunday to reject the construction equipment maker's contract proposal, the second time this year the workers have voted against an offer. But the United Auto Workers said its members would report to work as normal today despite the vote. More than 9,000 Caterpillar workers in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Tennessee have been working without a contract since UAW members rejected a previous company proposal April 25.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Neil Silver, who led bus and train mechanics on a five-week strike against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the fall, has been reelected president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1277. Silver drew about 56% of votes cast, a spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Antelope Valley Hospital support workers were unable to decide whether they want to be represented by the Service Employees International Union, the Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union, or neither, according to union elections results released Friday. No winner was declared because no party on the ballot got a majority of 50% plus one vote. About 899 valid ballots were cast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Registered nurses at Little Company of Mary-San Pedro Hospital voted Monday to join the California Nurses Assn. The vote was 72 to 65 in favor of joining the union, with six challenged, uncounted ballots, the hospital said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2003 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Doctors who work for Los Angeles County have voted to part ways with the union that had represented them since 1999, ending an unusual alliance between 800 medical professionals and organized labor. The physicians voted 331 to 229 to leave the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, according to ballots cast in the last few weeks and tallied Thursday. Many doctors complained that they were uncomfortable with the hardball negotiating tactics of labor unions and dissatisfied with the results.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2003 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
Four years ago, doctors working in Los Angeles County's public hospitals and clinics delivered a significant victory for organized labor when they voted to join a union. The county's 800 doctors are once again in the midst of an election -- this time on whether to drop out of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists. The balloting, conducted by mail, ends June 18.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2002 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Writers Guild of America has released a set of proposed changes for determining television and screenwriter credits, some of which have already raised the ire of rank and file union members. The four proposed changes, which must be voted on by the Writers Guild's 12,000 members, were sent out Thursday. Critics say the two most controversial proposals would erode the importance traditionally placed on the first writer of a script.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state labor board Wednesday upheld a judge's decision that the Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura illegally fired a mushroom picker who was engaged in organizing activities for the United Farm Workers union. In a 27-page ruling, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board ordered Pictsweet to offer Fidel Andrade his job back and reimburse him for lost wages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2002 | JAMES BATES and RICHARD VERRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After trouncing fellow 1970s TV star Valerie Harper on Saturday in balloting for president of the Screen Actors Guild, actress Melissa Gilbert now faces the daunting task of trying to heal a union whose bitter election mirrored its chronic infighting. Gilbert, whose election in November was nullified because of alleged election irregularities, received 21,351 votes, or 56.6%, in the rerun election, compared with Harper's 12,613, or 33.4%. The turnout was a record for a SAG presidential race.
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