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October 14, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- A Bay Area regional transit strike seemed likely late Monday as the clock ticked toward a midnight cutoff of negotiations, with one union leader saying it would take a “Hail Mary” to avert a BART work stoppage. Complicating matters, the union representing workers for the Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District, or AC Transit -- which runs East Bay buses -- issued its own 72-hour strike notice Monday. While options remain to avert or delay the bus strike, if those fail and Bay Area Rapid Transit workers do not accept a deal, the region could face an unprecedented double whammy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
The president of the union representing Los Angeles firefighters on Monday told the mayor that suspending a controversial hiring program is "patently unfair" to candidates on track to be included in future classes. Capt. Frank Lima voiced his concerns in a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti , who announced last week that he was halting the program amid concerns about mismanagement and nepotism.  A class of trainees is underway at the LAFD drill tower in Panorama City, but a class of about 70 additional recruits that was scheduled for the summer has been scrapped . Those recruits were part of pool of several hundred who have passed a written exam, a physical fitness test and oral examinations.    "You are penalizing qualified individuals who had no role in this broken system," Lima told the mayor.
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BUSINESS
September 9, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez and Kate Linthicum
The leader of the nation's largest labor federation denounced several top American corporations and the U.S. Supreme Court for contributing to the erosion of the middle class. In a fiery speech to thousands of union members at the AFL-CIO convention in downtown Los Angeles, President Richard Trumka denounced the "powerful forces in America today who want our country to be run by and for the rich. " He singled out longtime union targets Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and McDonald's Corp., saying "their whole business model is about keeping the people who work for them poor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles teachers union president Warren Fletcher lashed out at the school district Monday for its handling of teachers accused of misconduct, vowing to file federal and state age-discrimination complaints. The basis of the complaints would be data that, according to Fletcher, show that older, higher-earning teachers are the “overwhelming targets” of a disciplinary system officials have defended as necessary to protect students. Fletcher's stand, his most aggressive position yet on this issue, is laid out in a survey of the 10 candidates running for president of United Teachers Los Angeles.
SPORTS
September 29, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
While NBA players were locked out as their leaders tried to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement, their union's executive director, Billy Hunter, was not missing any paydays. Hunter made $3 million in salary this last year, when the NBA played a compacted 66-game season and players missed paychecks during a lengthy lockout. It was a 25% salary increase , according to Bloomberg news service. By comparison, DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Assn. executive director, made $1.38 million this last season, although the players did give him a $1-million bonus after he led negotiations that landed a new 10-year labor deal with the nation's most popular league.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles teachers union president Warren Fletcher lashed out at the school district Monday for its handling of teachers accused of misconduct, vowing to file federal and state age-discrimination complaints. The basis of the complaints would be data that, according to Fletcher, show that older, higher-earning teachers are the “overwhelming targets” of a disciplinary system officials have defended as necessary to protect students. Fletcher's stand, his most aggressive position yet on this issue, is laid out in a survey of the 10 candidates running for president of United Teachers Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
June 14, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Frank Cousins, the burly trade union leader who served two stormy years as Britain's transport minister in the 1960s, died in a hospital of an apparent heart attack Wednesday. Cousins, 81, a former miner and truck driver, served as a member of Parliament and was in Prime Minister Harold Wilson's Labor government from 1964 to 1966. He resigned to protest a government-backed law freezing incomes and prices and outlawing some strikes.
NEWS
July 22, 1990
Josef Bernay, a Hollywood union leader for more than half a century, has died while attending a union convention in Hollywood, Fla. He was 75. Spokesmen for the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees of the United States and Canada said Bernay died Thursday in the Florida city's Memorial Hospital, where he was taken when he suddenly became ill. No cause of death was given.
NEWS
January 16, 1987 | From Reuters
The trade union leader at Japan's oldest coal mine has killed himself two months after the mine was shut after 300 years of operation, police said Thursday. Police said Kiyoshi Yamasaki, 48, secretary general of the Mitsubishi Takashima Mine trade union, hanged himself in a hotel near here.
NEWS
February 14, 1989 | From Times wire services
Peru's top miners union leader was shot to death and a senior union official today accused a right-wing death squad of his murder. The bullet-riddled body of Saul Cantoral, 43, secretary general of the 60,000-strong Peruvian Miners Federation, was found near Lima shortly before midnight, according to press and union accounts. Cantoral led two crippling national strikes last year. Owners said one 55-day stoppage caused $497 million in production losses in copper, zinc and silver mines.
NATIONAL
February 17, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
Union leaders were still reeling three days after their devastating defeat at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, but the leader of the AFL-CIO said labor would keep trying to organize workers in the South - even if it's an uphill battle. "We are committed to helping those workers in the South raise their wages, get better working conditions and get a stronger voice on the job in making decisions that affect their livelihood," Richard Trumka told reporters Monday. Trumka was in Houston to talk about the year ahead with the executive council of his coalition, which represents 56 unions and 12.5 million workers.
SPORTS
December 9, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There might be a perfectly good reason to vote against Marvin Miller for the Hall of Fame. It is long past time for the people casting those votes to explain them. Baseball's longest streak of absurdity continued Monday, when for the sixth time a committee declined to elect Miller to the Hall of Fame. The full and proper name of the Cooperstown shrine is the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Yet, there is a vast emptiness to the place without Miller, the pioneering leader of the players' union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Abby Sewell
Striking social workers took to the picket lines for a second day Friday, with no progress reported in negotiations with Los Angeles County and a probable escalation of work-site actions next week by the county's largest public-employee union. "We intend to ramp it up," said Bob Schoonover, president of SEIU Local 721, which represents 55,000 county employees - including 3,600 social workers and their supervisors - who have been working without a contract for two months. "This is not going to be an easy fight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2013 | Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, the former Mexican oil union boss who rose to control a political empire built on patronage and intimidation but was eventually dethroned by a Mexican president wary of his vast power, died Monday. He was 91. Hernandez, who went by the nickname "La Quina," a play on his first name, died in the port city of Tampico, where he had been hospitalized with an abdominal ailment, according to the news agency Notimex. Both the rise of Hernandez, starting in the 1950s, and his subsequent arrest by former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari in 1989, demonstrated the legacy of the old feudal system that infected Mexican public life long after the country's independence from Spain.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Days after announcing its intention to build its next major jetliner in the Seattle area, aerospace giant Boeing Co. said the decision is not yet final. At issue is a tentative labor agreement with International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union in Washington. A vote is scheduled for Wednesday, but late Thursday the Seattle Times reported that a union leader publicly tore up a copy of the contract and announced his intention to have it withdrawn. There's also hesitancy among Washington state lawmakers to approve a package of bills that includes more than $8 billion in tax savings for Boeing to build the next-generation version of the 777 wide-body jet in Puget Sound.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Paul Pringle
A union leader whose members helped construct Disney Hall, Staples Center and other signature Southern California buildings is under investigation over allegations that he let employers skip payments to workers' health and pension funds, spent dues money on an extramarital affair and retaliated against whistle-blowers. Scott Brain represents about 1,650 workers as head of Cement Masons Union Local 600, based in Bell Gardens. The union is a force in local and state politics as a regular donor to election campaigns.
NEWS
January 29, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The leader of the country's largest labor union--a key presidential ally and an opponent of the Islamic insurgency--was killed along with a bodyguard and another union employee in central Algiers. Hours later, a bomb exploded in a marketplace in Blida, 30 miles south of the capital. The blast killed 15 people and injured at least 30, an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
NEWS
November 29, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The head of a union representing 120,000 city workers in New York is stepping down while the parent union investigates possible corruption. The executive director, Stanley Hill, will take an unpaid leave of absence starting Monday to facilitate the internal inquiry, said Jean Nolan, a spokeswoman for the parent union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - A union leader emerged from talks with Bay Area Rapid Transit leaders to say they are again at an impasse with management and will strike early Friday unless BART's general manager and board reverse themselves. Service Employees International Union President Roxanne Sanchez came out of the California Department of Transportation's headquarters around 3:45 p.m. Thursday to say the unions believe “that we were, we are, extremely near to an agreement on the economic proposals.” She said labor “met the BART board and general manager 100%” on pension and health benefit contributions and were very close on salaries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- A Bay Area regional transit strike seemed likely late Monday as the clock ticked toward a midnight cutoff of negotiations, with one union leader saying it would take a “Hail Mary” to avert a BART work stoppage. Complicating matters, the union representing workers for the Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District, or AC Transit -- which runs East Bay buses -- issued its own 72-hour strike notice Monday. While options remain to avert or delay the bus strike, if those fail and Bay Area Rapid Transit workers do not accept a deal, the region could face an unprecedented double whammy.
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