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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1998
Now that the California Public Employment Relations Board has definitely ruled that the University of California's teaching assistants have every right to unionization (Dec. 15), I hope that the UC administration will not hesitate to re- spect this latest legal decision. If the administration continues to try to delay unionization through endless legal appeals and stonewalling, it will only engender further strikes and squander millions of dollars in taxpayer moneys in the process.
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SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Sunday the National Basketball Players Assn. wants the NBA to bar Clippers owner Donald Sterling from playoff games the rest of this season and impose the maximum penalty allowed under league bylaws if racist remarks purportedly made by Sterling can be verified as his. Johnson, who is assisting the players union in its response to the controversy surrounding Sterling, said the players have asked for...
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MAGAZINE
August 29, 1993
The efforts of Young Shin and the Asian Immigrant Women Advocates ("Labor and Lace," by Sarah Henry, Aug. 1) seem to parallel more the efforts of unionization than they do the fight for workers' rights. There is a difference. In fact, the unpaid wages at Lucky Sewing Co. were never reported to the Department of Labor by Shin and her group, because, unfortunately, a positive response from authorities would have been counterproductive to unionization. In looking at AIWA's effort to crucify Jessica McClintock, I see a desperate labor organization using every union tactic of the past, even though AIWA says unionization is not its intent.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
Los Angeles Metro officials are throwing Union Station a 75 th birthday party on Saturday, May 3, and the public is invited.   Special events , scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., include model train displays from Orange County N'gineers, tours of custom rail cars, architectural tours, children's activities connected with the kids' TV show “Chuggington” and a daylong program of live music that includes Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles (an...
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
Don't look for the union label around USC's or UCLA's football practice facilities any time soon. Football players at both schools are aware that Northwestern players might unionize. But when asked about the issue recently during spring practice, several said they were only casually monitoring the situation. "There has been some small talk around the locker room," said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. "We'll get a lot more information. Obviously, they are starting something. " Northwestern players will vote Friday on whether to unionize.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Allstate Corp., the insurer that's been battling agents over its efforts to boost productivity, said the National Labor Relations Board ruled that agents can't form a union. The board made its ruling following a petition by the Office and Professional Employees International Union, which wanted the board to rule that Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate's agents weren't independent contractors under the National Labor Relations Act.
OPINION
December 29, 1996
Harry Bernstein's attack on the New Otani Hotel & Garden (Commentary, Dec. 19) completely misses the point concerning the "corporate campaign" waged by Local 11 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union against the management of the hotel and the employees who would like to decide the issue of unionization by a federally supervised secret-ballot election. It is the union that seeks to avoid a secret-ballot election and is pressuring management to sign away the rights of the workers without a vote, by attempting to sabotage its business through intimidation of workers and scare tactics directed to potential sources of revenue.
OPINION
October 8, 2006
Re "U.S. Ruling Could Eliminate Union Eligibility for Millions," Oct. 4 As a registered nurse with more than 35 years at the bedside, I applaud the decision that permanent charge nurses have a supervisory role. Contrary to the assertions being made by California Nurses Assn. Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro, this is good for nursing. Why? For too long, charge nurses have had all the responsibilities of a manager without being recognized as such by nurses and hospital administrators alike.
OPINION
September 4, 2009 | Nelson Lichtenstein, Nelson Lichtenstein, a professor of history at UC Santa Barbara, is the author of "The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business."
Is Wal-Mart turning blue -- blue enough to pull President Obama's healthcare chestnuts out of the fire? If the nation's largest employer is signing on to the president's agenda, his efforts to pass healthcare reform will have won an important ally. The company employs 1.4 million "associates," has stores in more than 400 congressional districts and maintains a powerful lobbying operation in Washington. For years, Wal-Mart has been a poster child for low wages, skimpy health insurance and conservative red-state values.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2000 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The song was empty without words, and the band members knew it as they played inside the Santa Ana union hall on Saturday. There was no "pardon me, boy," or "dinner in the diner," but "Chattanooga Choo Choo," somehow still felt right. It was Gordon Lee "Tex" Beneke's signature arrangement--a song for which he earned the first gold record in history when it sold 1.2 million copies.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Members of the American Postal Workers Union are launching protests Thursday in 27 states to decry a partnership between the U.S. Postal Service and office supply company Staples Inc. to run postal counters at its retail stores.   The agreement between the Postal Service and Staples, announced in November, created a pilot program to operate 82 postal counters at Staples locations across the country. The quick-service counters will be staffed by Staples employees.  Organizers plan to demonstrate at a Staples location in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, one of four protests planned in California.
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
Don't look for the union label around USC's or UCLA's football practice facilities any time soon. Football players at both schools are aware that Northwestern players might unionize. But when asked about the issue recently during spring practice, several said they were only casually monitoring the situation. "There has been some small talk around the locker room," said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. "We'll get a lot more information. Obviously, they are starting something. " Northwestern players will vote Friday on whether to unionize.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
Brian D'Arcy, head of the largest union at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, says he will appeal a newly finalized court order requiring him to turn over financial records for two nonprofit trusts that have received more than $40 million from ratepayers. The order, signed Tuesday, gives D'Arcy 10 days to turn the records over to city officials or risk being held in contempt of court, said Rob Wilcox, spokesman for City Atty. Mike Feuer. "We will appeal the judgment," D'Arcy's attorney, D. William Heine, wrote in an emailed statement to The Times.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 100 chanting and placard-waving union members marched to a downtown Sacramento office tower in a staged and futile attempt to serve a $240 million bill on the California Chamber of Commerce. The "invoice," union officials said, represented the amount of unpaid wages awarded by the state labor commissioner's office to workers that went uncollected from 2008 to 2011. The Service Employees International Union is sponsoring a bill aimed at preventing so-called wage theft.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Pilots for JetBlue Airlines, the nation's sixth largest carrier, voted Tuesday to unionize after rejecting two previous union votes. The more than 2,600 pilots, with a vote of about 71%, agreed to join the Air Line Pilots Assn. International, which already represents more than 50,000 pilots at 31 carriers in the U.S. and Canada. Until the vote, JetBlue was the last major airline without union representation. The New York-based airline was founded in 1999. Best airlines, worst airlines: JetBlue tops survey as scores slide “ALPA welcomes the JetBlue pilots,” said Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2014 | By Howard Blume
An embattled South Bay school district leader, under investigation for his high compensation, now has a new issue to deal with: insurance premiums that should have been counted as taxable income, but were not. The Centinela Valley Union High School District is being investigated by federal and state authorities for paying Supt. Jose Fernandez $674,559 last year - a figure derived from Fernandez's own calculations. Now, it turns out that he mistakenly understated his taxable earnings.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2007 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
It wasn't intended to play out this way. There was no master plan. And yet back-to-back fall movie releases are pushing Casey Affleck out of the supporting-sidekick category and into the ranks of leading men, edging him ever closer to seeing the disappearance of the comma that often follows his name before the words "brother of Ben Affleck."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1992
Denis MacShane, in his Column Left ("Workers of the World, Unite!" Sept. 6), laments the fact that Nissan's factory in the United States is a non-union shop. He claims that "the problems that American unions face are due not only to national legislation and court rulings . . . that permit Nissan to run a union-free operation; union problems in the United States also stem from the rapidly increasing internationalization of production, marketing and finance." Is it any wonder that American workers have been turned off by this type of misleading nonsense?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The union representing Hollywood crew members has expressed dismay over plans by the producers of "Midnight Rider" to resume production of the film in Los Angeles, a few months after a train accident in Georgia killed a camera assistant. Michael Miller, international vice president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, told colleagues in an email this week that Unclaimed Freight Productions, the Pasadena-based producer of "Midnight Rider," informed the union that it would resume production of the movie in L.A. in June.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
 Southern California Edison Co. plans to lay off hundreds of employees as part of a management streamlining and outsourcing of some functions such as information technology. The number of workers affected by the cuts will be "in the high hundreds," said Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), chairman of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. "It's pretty disappointing.... [The cuts] are not going to help" the California economy. Padilla was briefed by his committee consultants, who said they were told that the utility expected to cut 500 in-house employees and another 400 to 500 contract workers beginning this summer.
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