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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1998
Regarding the Jan. 25 Orange County Voices column by Eileen Spatz, "Stop Making Our Teachers Scapegoats," I would like to add to her insightful comments about the true source of our public schools' problems. For whatever reason, the powers that be in the teachers unions seem to be in lock-step with the liberal left with regard to directing the teaching methods and philosophies that will be used in our schools. There is no real local control; that is long gone. As soon as these decisions are made and filtered down through the bureaucratic system, there is little room for differing opinions among our teachers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1997 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The massive Los Angeles school bond approved by voters this year has awakened a struggle between trade unions and builders that could affect public works contracting across the state but also could stall school construction in litigation, say school and building industry officials. Since before the Proposition BB bond was approved by voters in April, union leaders have been quietly wooing Los Angeles Unified School District officials to enter an agreement that could require much of the $2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1997 | SCOTT HARRIS
The machinations of Los Angeles politics are seldom a thing of beauty, but they are a source of wonder. Consider how a Little Tokyo labor dispute helped persuade the City Council to provide a reprieve for an endangered plant that grows about 20 miles from downtown. The hotel is the New Otani. The plant is the slender-horned spineflower. It grows almost exclusively in the sandy, rocky Big Tujunga Wash, the latest front in a war between a Japanese conglomerate and a hotel workers union.
NEWS
February 6, 1994
Unlike Kip Dellinger (1/27/94) I can lay no claim to being a California licensed professional for 2 1/2 decades. But adding up many more decades than that, I am a graduate of L.A. Unified, mother of two fellow graduates, have a daughter, sister and sister-in-law who teach in L.A. Unified, Mill Valley and Tustin, respectively. You can well imagine how school talk, as professionals and as parents, has been a mainstay of family conversation about these three widely disparate, but quintessentially Californian, school districts for these many years.
NEWS
September 1, 1993 | HARRY BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Unions may have to settle for a quarter of a loaf from President Clinton as they seek his help to press their program for workers and try to renew their own diminished strength. But, somewhat as the old saying goes, a quarter of a loaf is better than none. Unions fared poorly during the Ronald Reagan and George Bush administrations, so they worked hard to help elect Clinton, who relied heavily on them in his presidential campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON and MARK LANDSBAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
If there has been a decline in the election-year clout of labor unions, there is certainly no evidence of it in Anaheim. From city electrical workers to the police, politicians here have courted their support as they do big campaign dollars from developers. In the past several local elections, hundreds of union workers have been ringing doorbells on behalf of Mayor Fred Hunter and Councilmen William D. Ehrle and Bob D. Simpson.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1992 | KRISTINE McKENNA, Kristine McKenna is a frequent contributor to Calendar. and
In 1977, documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple released a movie called "Harlan County, U.S.A." that chronicled a strike against a power company by coal miners in eastern Kentucky. A longtime advocate of the American labor movement, Kopple shaped the happenings in Harlan County into a stirring David and Goliath story that found her clearly on the side of the workers. Her film won an Academy Award and is regarded as a classic documentary work, so when Kopple showed up in Austin, Minn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1991
Which U.S. labor union has had more than 100 leaders who have been charged with crimes? And four of its last seven presidents indicted? And which has been called the most Mob-controlled in the nation's history? The answer, of course, is the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. But today's Teamsters are no longer what they were. The union doesn't represent only truckers now. Nurses, sheriff's deputies, hospital workers, state troopers, even teachers and librarians count themselves among its 1.
NEWS
February 21, 1991
Looking for the union label may not do the job in Santa Monica, according to Virginia Jimenez, a representative of the local printers' union. She appeared before the City Council this week to complain that someone had fraudulently used the union label on a printing job for the city.
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