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July 29, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Telephone unions opposed to the proposed sale of Puerto Rico's state-owned phone company to GTE Corp. voted overwhelmingly to ratify a contract pact and end a 41-day strike. Two unions representing about 6,200 employees, struck June 18 to stop the government's plan to sell the company. Their concern was job security. GTE originally offered $1.85 billion for Puerto Rico Telephone in a bid that guaranteed jobs for one year.
August 15, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday set the stage for a potentially messy confrontation with the City Council, saying he would refuse to sign a proposed salary deal with the politically potent union representing Department of Water and Power workers. Local 18 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ran a fierce campaign against Garcetti, whose main argument in the mayoral election in May was that he could be trusted to stand up for DWP ratepayers. In a written statement, Garcetti said the union-endorsed contract proposal included cost savings that were worth pursuing.
Labor settlements over the weekend with two big steel companies mark the early fruits of an effort by U.S. unions to exchange short-term wage benefits for long-range corporate influence--by forcing union-picked members on company boards of directors. A strike by more than 15,000 steelworkers was averted Sunday when the United Steelworkers of America tentatively approved a contract with Bethlehem Steel Corp. that will place a union-nominated member on Bethlehem's board, union officials said.
July 12, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Po is getting a union card. Computer graphics artists who work on such Nickelodeon shows as "Monsters vs. Aliens" and "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness" have ratified their first union contract. About 90% of the 70 computer graphic employees at Nickelodeon Animation Studios approved a contract  negotiated this week by the Animation Guild, Local 839 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview The guild has had a contract with Nickelodeon covering traditional animation artists since 2004 but has been trying for several years to extend its agreement to the studio's CG artists as well.
Members of five labor unions at Disneyland have rejected their unions' recommendation and voted down a new three-year contract with the amusement park. The contract covers about 3,000 Disneyland employees: members of the Teamsters, the Food and Commercial Workers, Service Employees, Hotel and Restaurant Employees, and Bakers' unions. That's about a third of the full-time workers at the amusement park.
A bill to shield bus workers' wages and benefits in the event regional bus lines are broken off from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority cleared the state Legislature on Friday and now awaits action by Gov. Gray Davis. The much-disputed legislation, backed strongly by Democrats and labor unions but opposed by Republicans, local officials and San Fernando Valley business leaders, would force new transit zones formed in the areas served by the MTA to assume its union contracts.
July 31, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Arbitrator Rules for Bethlehem Steel in Wage Dispute: The ruling means employee wages and benefits will rise about 3% a year over three years, the company said. The ruling affects 11,000 members of the United Steelworkers union. The union had sought a larger increase. Bethlehem, the nation's second-largest steelmaker, is in the middle of a six-year contract with the union that called for negotiations to reopen on wages and other terms after three years.
July 26, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Communications Workers Sign Pact: Thousand Oaks-based GTE California, a unit of GTE Corp., said it signed a 39-month labor contract with the Communications Workers of America. The agreement, which is effective immediately, calls for general wage increases of about 10% for most of the company's 12,000 hourly employees. Those employees could also receive incentive-based compensation of up to 1.8% in 1995 and 3% in 1996.
September 15, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, John Horn and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Last summer, Tim Dax answered an ad on a casting website to costar in what was described as a desert adventure film. This week, the Los Angeles actor learned that his work on the low-budget "Desert Warrior" had turned into the inflammatory 14-minute trailer for "Innocence of Muslims. " Dax and his "Desert Warrior" costars are at the center of violent outbursts across the Middle East after their work was repurposed into an anti-Muslim movie that caught the world's attention after it appeared in an Arabic-language version on YouTube.
January 12, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Time
If only the bottom line of Hostess Brands were as rich as the calorie count of its Twinkies. The 82-year-old company, which also makes HoHos, DingDongs and Wonder Bread, filed for bankruptcy protection, blaming what it said are onerous union contracts and pension liabilities. Analysts said that despite a cupboard of iconic confections, Hostess has been unable to capitalize on trends that theoretically should fatten its profit. "You can't pick up a paper without reading about obesity in America," said Adam Hanft, chief executive of Hanft Projects, a brand-strategy firm in New York.
October 26, 2011 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
For years, workers at the Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, like those in many of the carwashes that Southern Californians frequent, had a familiar routine. They showed up when the boss told them to — but couldn't clock in until customers arrived. Then, the California attorney general filed a suit last year against the business, demanding $6 million in back wages for workers, as well as fines and penalties. Such exploitative practices, the authorities said, were common in an industry that often pays less than minimum wage and, in some cases, forces workers to live on tips.
May 2, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy and Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Despite complaints by GOP lawmakers that Gov. Jerry Brown did a poor job of negotiating labor contracts with 51,000 public employees, the state Senate approved the agreements Monday. Brown had vowed to save the state $500 million in the course of negotiating the contracts. But he came up $200 million short, prompting several Republicans to call for a return to the negotiating table. Among the workers covered by the contracts are prison guards, who are now positioned for a potential windfall when they retire.
April 25, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
When Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a new state budget in January, he projected saving $515 million in employees' take-home pay through collective bargaining. He didn't come close and is being ripped by critics. He particularly is being slammed for a contract his representatives negotiated with the politically powerful prison guards union. "Union puppet. " "Payoff . " That sort of thing. After all, the guards union — the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn. — did spend nearly $2 million helping him get elected last year.
August 13, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Although tenured faculty usually get the credit and big salaries for scientific discoveries at the University of California, legwork for their breakthroughs is often performed by more anonymous postdoctoral researchers who earn less than $40,000 a year. On Thursday, those 6,500 postdoctoral researchers stepped into the national spotlight with the announcement that they had ratified their first union contract with the UC system. The action came after an organizing and negotiating effort that began four years ago. The pay raises are not huge, but experts say the contract will significantly change the research workplace environment at the 10 UC campuses and potentially across much of American academia.
June 30, 1992 | HELAINE OLEN
For nearly a year, teachers in the Brea-Olinda Unified School District have been without a contract. And with negotiations at a standstill, the dispute between teachers and district officials is beginning to turn nasty. The main issue separating the Brea-Olinda Teachers Assn. (BOTA) and the school board is whether an election should be held to determine whether non-union teachers should be forced to pay fees to the association.
Despite heated objections from Republicans, local officials and San Fernando Valley business leaders, Assembly Democrats on Thursday passed legislation that protects bus workers if regional transit districts are spun off from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
April 3, 2010 | By Phil Willon
Threats this week by Los Angeles' powerful municipal utility to withhold $73 million from the treasury helped reveal a city that has become increasingly dependent on indirect and onetime sources of revenue to pay its bills. Combined with the worst economic decline since the Depression, those dwindling sources of cash have forced city officials to confront a problem they have long tried to ignore -- a steady growth of the city payroll for the last decade. The city's core 35,000-member workforce increased by at least 3,000 between 2000 and 2009.
January 15, 2010 | By Janet Hook and Noam N. Levey
The White House and labor leaders agreed Thursday on a formula to tax high-cost insurance plans, removing one of the last obstacles to President Obama's healthcare overhaul, officials said. Under the agreement, reached after an intense round of negotiations this week, union leaders dropped their opposition to the so-called Cadillac tax in exchange for concessions to limit its scope. Organized labor had bitterly opposed the healthcare tax, arguing that union members had negotiated generous benefits in lieu of pay increases.
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