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April 28, 1989
Why are unions good in Poland--and bad in the United States? ROGER McKENZIE Paso Robles
April 10, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A South Bay schools superintendent who attracted scrutiny for his $674,559 pay was placed on administrative leave this week, pending an internal investigation. The Centinela Valley Union High School District board voted 5-0 to suspend Supt. Jose Fernandez during an abruptly called, closed-door meeting at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale on Wednesday evening. Fernandez's earnings last year surpassed the compensation of those leading the nation's largest school systems.
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.
April 3, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
The union that represents Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has gone from two presidents to none. A judge has stepped into the battle for control of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, ruling that it will have no leader until a court hearing April 17. Instead, decisions will be made by a three-person committee, including one member from each of the union's competing factions and a longtime staffer considered relatively neutral. Last month, newly elected president Armando Macias was ousted and a different president installed.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang and Robert Faturechi
A high-stakes power struggle at the union representing Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has left members with two presidents, two boards of directors, two "official" websites and, for many, too much drama. Trouble at the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs came to light last month when the board ousted Armando Macias, its newly elected president, citing his poor attendance. The board installed a new president, but Macias is refusing to recognize the ouster. Now the two sides are accusing each other of illegitimate power grabs and misusing union funds.
March 31, 2014 | By Howard Blume
New York City Chancellor Carmen Farina oversees more than a million students, 1,700 schools and a budget the size of many states. Her pay: $412,193. Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy has half a million students, 1,000-plus schools, a $7-billion budget - and made $393,106 last year. Supt. Jose Fernandez's South Bay school district has just 6,600 students, five high schools and a $70-million budget. His earnings: $674,559 last year. "I don't know of anybody, in any major city, who makes anything close to that, even with extra bonuses or compensation," said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, based in Washington.
March 29, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Two opposing forces squared off last week in the latest round of a long-running battle over a $40-million mystery. In one corner was one of the most powerful heavyweights in the history of local politics: Brian D'Arcy of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18. On the other side was a wonkish, nerdy newcomer on the political scene: City Controller Ron Galperin. And the pipsqueak knocked out the bully. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled that Galperin has every right to issue subpoenas and audit two nonprofit trusts under the joint control of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and D'Arcy, who has refused to comply with requests for more information on how $40 million of ratepayer money that went to the trusts was spent.
March 29, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
RIDGELAND, Miss. - Over the bass beat coming from the band, the Rev. Charles Miller is leading his congregation in boisterous prayer. As his voice rings out, blessing the community and the oppressed, the congregation affirming each line, he names a new group that he says deserves God's attention. "We pray for the employees who are working at Nissan," Miller says, and the dozens of women and men in the pews say amen to that, too. "We pray you wake up the conscience of those that are oppressing them," he says.
March 28, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
University officials and the NCAA have been reluctant to acknowledge that top-tier college football programs are run these days less as athletic programs than as businesses. But a labor administrator's decision Wednesday that Northwestern University's scholarship football players are, in fact, employees with the right to unionize should get their attention. This issue has been bubbling for decades as major sports programs evolved from important but ancillary parts of a college's mission into powerful businesses enriched by multimillion-dollar TV contracts and merchandising revenue, all built on the labor of student-athletes who received no compensation beyond scholarships.
March 27, 2014 | Diana Marcum
The audience members stepped off buses waving red UFW flags. Some came straight from the fields. Those from Salinas and Madera and farther away had given up a day's wages to attend. The first feature film about Cesar Chavez had been screened in Los Angeles and at the White House. On Tuesday evening, "Cesar Chavez" played outdoors and in Spanish for the farmworkers Chavez represented. "From the beginning, we said we have to go back and give it to the people," director Diego Luna said.
July 23, 2009 | Phil Willon
A coalition of Los Angeles public employee unions announced Wednesday it has ratified a concession agreement that postpones cost-of-living increases for two years and offers an early retirement program, forestalling the need for widespread layoffs and furloughs. The concessions were a critical component of the effort by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council to close a $530-million budget shortfall.
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - There is a good chance the NFL will expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, and the change could come as early as the upcoming season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's annual meetings, said there was a "full discussion" on the topic among team owners and executives this week. "I think there's a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support, but there are also things we still want to make sure we do it right," Goodell said.
March 26, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Northwestern University football players have the right to form a union, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday, setting the stage for potential dramatic change to the college sports landscape. Peter Sung Ohr, in Chicago, ruled that "players receiving scholarships from the employer are 'employees'" and ordered that an election be conducted to determine whether Northwestern players wanted representation by the College Athletes Players Assn. for the purposes of collective bargaining.
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