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January 5, 1991 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A banking and credit union debacle similar to Rhode Island's is virtually impossible in California, regulators and industry officials said Friday. That's because strict state rules prohibit credit unions from speculating in risky investments, they said. Credit unions here also are seen as healthier and their insurance methods are considered sounder than those used in many other states.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — A labor union that pushed a pair of ballot measures that would have reined in excessive hospital billing and expanded healthcare for the poor has dropped them — in exchange for an agreement that enlists the hospital industry in the union's organizing efforts. The agreement, announced late Wednesday, ends a months-long public battle between the Service Employees International Union and the California Hospital Assn. Private hospitals had accused the union of using the initiative process as leverage in contract negotiations to expand its membership, a charge the union strongly denied.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2010 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Proponents of the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot won the endorsement Wednesday of the council that oversees the political work of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in California, as well as one of the union's major locals, giving proponents a significant boost to their campaign. They also had hoped to win the endorsement of the California Labor Federation, which met this week in San Diego, but decided not to press for a vote and settled instead on persuading the powerful organization to remain neutral — which it did. "Obviously, I would have liked to have had a full endorsement," said Dan Rush, who oversees special operations for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 5, and has pushed efforts to gain union support for the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2011 | By Nicholas Riccardi and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood wants a $500-million blockbuster out of Sacramento. In the final days of the legislative session, the industry is seeking a five-year extension of a tax credit for producing films and television shows in California. It has assembled a powerful coalition of moguls and unions, who argue that failing to re-up the program risks losing film jobs to states offering even more generous rebates. That is something, advocates argue, that the state with the second-highest jobless rate in the nation cannot afford.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — A labor union that pushed a pair of ballot measures that would have reined in excessive hospital billing and expanded healthcare for the poor has dropped them — in exchange for an agreement that enlists the hospital industry in the union's organizing efforts. The agreement, announced late Wednesday, ends a months-long public battle between the Service Employees International Union and the California Hospital Assn. Private hospitals had accused the union of using the initiative process as leverage in contract negotiations to expand its membership, a charge the union strongly denied.
OPINION
January 27, 2011
Troubled times Re: "U.S. acts 'together, or not at all,' " Jan. 26 President Obama praised the stock market recovery but said nothing of the continuing foreclosures and the enduring crisis in the housing market. He praised corporate profits but said nothing of how they are coming about by companies squeezing employees here and hiring abroad. He said nothing about the nearly 15 million workers who remain unemployed, for whom austerity is already a stark reality. He praised teachers but said nothing of the next round of pink slips that they will soon face.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2010 | By Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein
Labor unions representing California nurses are attacking key parts of a bill that would overhaul the state's system for investigating and disciplining health workers accused of misconduct. The objections by the politically powerful California Nurses Assn., Service Employees International Union and groups for other health professions come days before a state Senate panel is set to vote on moving the bill forward. The Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development must advance the bill Monday or it is dead for this session.
NEWS
May 18, 2000 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a significant blow to Gov. Gray Davis' proposal to end state income taxes for teachers, a major union representing public educators announced Wednesday that it is opposing the tax elimination plan. The California Federation of Teachers, representing 50,000 public school teachers and 50,000 other public school workers, said the money would be better spent on pay raises. "We are willing to pay taxes," Mary Bergan, the federation's president, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
March 20, 1997 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oil industry workers on Wednesday threatened to strike as early as Sunday at three California refineries that Tosco Corp. is buying from Unocal Corp., raising the specter of higher gasoline prices for consumers. The Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union has rejected terms of the contract offered by Tosco that includes plans to cut 15% to 20% of the 900 jobs at refineries in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Maria, said Kelly Quinn, president of OCAW Local 1-675.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2011 | By Nicholas Riccardi and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood wants a $500-million blockbuster out of Sacramento. In the final days of the legislative session, the industry is seeking a five-year extension of a tax credit for producing films and television shows in California. It has assembled a powerful coalition of moguls and unions, who argue that failing to re-up the program risks losing film jobs to states offering even more generous rebates. That is something, advocates argue, that the state with the second-highest jobless rate in the nation cannot afford.
OPINION
January 27, 2011
Troubled times Re: "U.S. acts 'together, or not at all,' " Jan. 26 President Obama praised the stock market recovery but said nothing of the continuing foreclosures and the enduring crisis in the housing market. He praised corporate profits but said nothing of how they are coming about by companies squeezing employees here and hiring abroad. He said nothing about the nearly 15 million workers who remain unemployed, for whom austerity is already a stark reality. He praised teachers but said nothing of the next round of pink slips that they will soon face.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2010 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Proponents of the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot won the endorsement Wednesday of the council that oversees the political work of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in California, as well as one of the union's major locals, giving proponents a significant boost to their campaign. They also had hoped to win the endorsement of the California Labor Federation, which met this week in San Diego, but decided not to press for a vote and settled instead on persuading the powerful organization to remain neutral — which it did. "Obviously, I would have liked to have had a full endorsement," said Dan Rush, who oversees special operations for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 5, and has pushed efforts to gain union support for the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2010 | By Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein
Labor unions representing California nurses are attacking key parts of a bill that would overhaul the state's system for investigating and disciplining health workers accused of misconduct. The objections by the politically powerful California Nurses Assn., Service Employees International Union and groups for other health professions come days before a state Senate panel is set to vote on moving the bill forward. The Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development must advance the bill Monday or it is dead for this session.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2010 | By Jason Song
A large number of California school districts and teachers unions have refused to accept education reforms being pushed by the Obama administration, and that could hamper the state's chances of winning hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants, some officials fear. The money would come from a $4.3-billion set of competitive school-improvement grants that Washington plans to begin awarding to states this spring under the administration's Race to the Top program. California officials are hoping to win up to $700 million of that money.
NEWS
May 18, 2000 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a significant blow to Gov. Gray Davis' proposal to end state income taxes for teachers, a major union representing public educators announced Wednesday that it is opposing the tax elimination plan. The California Federation of Teachers, representing 50,000 public school teachers and 50,000 other public school workers, said the money would be better spent on pay raises. "We are willing to pay taxes," Mary Bergan, the federation's president, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
March 20, 1997 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oil industry workers on Wednesday threatened to strike as early as Sunday at three California refineries that Tosco Corp. is buying from Unocal Corp., raising the specter of higher gasoline prices for consumers. The Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union has rejected terms of the contract offered by Tosco that includes plans to cut 15% to 20% of the 900 jobs at refineries in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Maria, said Kelly Quinn, president of OCAW Local 1-675.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991 | BOB BAKER, TIMES LABOR WRITER
Michael J. Riley, the most powerful Teamster in Southern California, has been accused by a court-appointed investigator of covering up corruption in a Los Angeles Teamsters local, "double-dipping" into a union car-allowance fund and allowing some union staffers to keep their union-paid automobiles upon retirement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2010 | By Jason Song
A large number of California school districts and teachers unions have refused to accept education reforms being pushed by the Obama administration, and that could hamper the state's chances of winning hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants, some officials fear. The money would come from a $4.3-billion set of competitive school-improvement grants that Washington plans to begin awarding to states this spring under the administration's Race to the Top program. California officials are hoping to win up to $700 million of that money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991 | BOB BAKER, TIMES LABOR WRITER
Michael J. Riley, the most powerful Teamster in Southern California, has been accused by a court-appointed investigator of covering up corruption in a Los Angeles Teamsters local, "double-dipping" into a union car-allowance fund and allowing some union staffers to keep their union-paid automobiles upon retirement.
BUSINESS
January 5, 1991 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A banking and credit union debacle similar to Rhode Island's is virtually impossible in California, regulators and industry officials said Friday. That's because strict state rules prohibit credit unions from speculating in risky investments, they said. Credit unions here also are seen as healthier and their insurance methods are considered sounder than those used in many other states.
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