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April 28, 1989
Why are unions good in Poland--and bad in the United States? ROGER McKENZIE Paso Robles
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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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OPINION
July 1, 2012
Re "Union dues and don'ts," Editorial, June 27 "A union can't force nonmembers to pay for its political causes, the Supreme Court rightly reaffirmed. " What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Using the Supreme Court's and the editorial board's logic regarding unions accessing special dues for political reasons, corporations should be required to get an "opt-in" before contributing shareholders' money to a "political campaign they didn't support. " If, as the court majority stated, "This aggressive use of power [by unions]
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...
OPINION
August 23, 2012
Re "A good teacher is hard to keep," Opinion, Aug. 19 Sujata Bhatt describes how too many teachers fail to receive validation or support from their schools or districts. I have organized professional development workshops for more than 2,000 educators. I ask at each workshop if the teachers (usually 60 or more) feel appreciated at their school. One teacher may raise a hand. Administrators could easily validate excellent teachers with brief email messages of support and by honoring those teachers who go the extra mile to attend workshops to become even more effective.
OPINION
September 5, 2012
Re "Union's efforts benefit us all," Column, Sept. 2 Unions have a place in society. However, Michael Hiltzik does not mention the deleterious effects of some union policies. Because unions espouse work rules that protect the least-effective employees, they have made many American and European industries unable to compete in the global economy. Witness the passenger railroad, steel and auto industries in our country. Through their purses and numbers, unions have influenced politicians to implement unaffordable benefits.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In the hours BBC (Before Bill Clinton's big speech), large themes were evoked at the Democratic National Convention here. Corporate and union leaders followed one another onto the platform to invite Americans to their political bromance of business and labor working hand-in-work-glove. On Labor Day itself, as men and women in yellow "Teamsters for Obama" T-shirts were strolling around the hall, I was talking to my colleague Matea Gold, who covers politics and money, about unions being at a soul-searching crossroads.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2013 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The latest snapshot of the U.S. working class shows that unions are in trouble, their ranks thinning amid a backlash against organized labor and a still sputtering economy. But California and a few nearby states in the Southwest are showing a vastly different picture - labor's ranks are on an upswing. The Golden State's union organizers signed up more than 100,000 new members last year, while the nation as a whole shed 400,000, according to data released Wednesday. The reason: Latino workers.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Unions may be declining in most of the country, but California and a few other states in the West are bucking the trend. California added more than 100,000 union member last year, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and 18.4% of the state's workers are represented by a union. The growth comes as low-wage workers such as janitors and fast-food workers try to organize, and as healthcare employees, a booming sector in California, join unions.  Join us for a live video chat at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Employees are typically hesitant to join unions during a recession because they're most concerned about keeping their jobs.
OPINION
May 11, 2010 | Suzan Lowitz
Robert "Mickey" Kaus, author of the May 3 Times Op-Ed article "America's lead weight, should meet director James Cameron, who famously blamed the high cost of movies on the film industry unions. This contention was false then, and it's false now. I would like to invite Kaus to attend a meeting of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. He would see that the conditions of union members in all industries are far from the lives of an "aristocrat at taxpayer expense." We who belong to unions simply attempt to maintain something like an American middle-class lifestyle, with some assurance of a modest pension to supplement Social Security, which may or may not exist several years from now. We hope for sufficient healthcare to assure that we don't die as a result of our hard work.
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.
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.
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 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.
NEWS
June 21, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
The Supreme Court is putting increasing limits on unions' abilities to raise political funds at the same time it is freeing corporations' ability to spend. That's the argument being made by some academics after a Supreme Court decision Thursday that requires that nonmembers opt in to contribute to public employee union political fundraising, rather than opt out if they don't want to give.   “The court clings to the trope that the unions' political spending is somehow extraneous to the core services provided by the union to the represented employees.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
A man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon and police were searching for the gunman after bullets tore through a residential neighborhood in Pico-Union, officials said. A man in his 20s walked up to another man near  Union Avenue and 18th Street, fired several shots at him and ran away, said Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas. Vanegas didn't have information on whether the men knew each other but characterized the shooting as gang-related.
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