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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1988 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
A $5.8-million verdict against a Pomona labor union local for violent picketing has become a central issue in a bitter contest between incumbent Superior Court Judge Burton Bach and his challenger, Deputy Dist. Atty. Lawrence Mason, in a Los Angeles County judicial election next month. Organized labor, unhappy at the jury verdict upheld by Bach last year against Local 1458 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, is strongly supporting Mason.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By James Rainey
With city budget managers intent on limiting new spending and reining in employee benefits, a coalition of union and political groups is fighting back with a report that suggests Los Angeles City Hall is spending too much on Wall Street and not enough on Main Street. The Fix L.A. Coalition, which is made up of union and liberal political groups, plans to release a report Tuesday that suggests the city could substantially reduce the $204 million in bank and money management fees that it paid last year to Wall Street firms.
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NEWS
September 27, 1990 | BOB BAKER, TIMES LABOR WRITER
Liberals regularly gather in the living room of economist and publisher Stanley Sheinbaum's Brentwood home to raise money for "progressive" causes. So why on Earth was the guest of honor on a recent Saturday night the first announced candidate for the presidency of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters? This is, after all, the union that endorsed Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
OPINION
October 20, 2012
Re "Prop. 32's real purpose," Column, Oct. 18 George Skelton calls Proposition 32, which would prohibit unions from making payroll deductions to raise money for political spending, a "self-serving sham. " So should we continue to allow teachers unions to force their members to donate to their leaders' favorite political causes? Why must my wife, a first-grade teacher, contribute to political causes she doesn't like? How would Skelton feel if The Times effectively forced him to support Mitt Romney via a paycheck deduction?
NEWS
February 24, 1998 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate Republican majority began its election-year drive to kill campaign finance reform Monday, confident that the public will neither notice nor care whether Congress leaves election laws unchanged, despite two years of revelations of fund-raising improprieties by both parties. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) offered as the GOP's sole prescription a measure to restrict the use of union dues for political purposes.
NEWS
September 23, 1997 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
When President Clinton recently asked Congress for "fast track" authority in international trade negotiations, the AFL-CIO quickly responded with a million-dollar media campaign denouncing the proposal as a threat to the very lifeblood of its movement. But when Vice President Al Gore showed up here Saturday to speak to the labor federation's national convention, its chieftains couldn't find enough good things to say about him.
BUSINESS
July 21, 1992 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
A few labor delegates to the Democratic convention last week grimaced when Bill Clinton said in accepting the party's nomination that it is "not conservative or liberal, Democratic or Republican. It is (a) new (party)." They were worried because it sounded to them as though the party's right-wing Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)--whose founders include Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore--had finally broken up the party's traditional coalition of liberals, labor and minorities.
NEWS
October 30, 1992 | MATT LAIT and TERRY SPENCER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
City officials said Thursday they are investigating the possible misuse of city resources by the head of the local firefighters union, who apparently used the Fire Department's computer system to exhort members to campaign for candidates endorsed by the union. The memo does not mention any candidate by name, but the union has only endorsed the reelection bids of Mayor Fred Hunter and Councilman William D. Ehrle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angered over City Councilman William D. Ehrle's vote to rescind a citywide utility tax, the head of a municipal employees union has vowed to withdraw the group's political support that has helped him maintain his council seat. "Right now, my employees couldn't be happier if he (Ehrle) was seen hanging from the flagpole," Sharon Ericson, Anaheim Municipal Employees Assn. president, said Thursday. "I'm sorry he's one of the people leading this city."
BUSINESS
July 9, 1991 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
Tony Mazzocchi, veteran union leader and longtime Democrat, talks and writes like an old-fashioned Populist when he furiously charges that giant corporations really call the shots for the Democratic and Republican parties these days. "The bosses have two parties. Working people should have at least one," declares the fiery secretary-treasurer of the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Proposition 32 is stark proof that often you can tell a ballot initiative by its cover. Its promoters call their measure "The Stop Special Interest Money Now Act. " To pilfer an old Lily Tomlin line: No matter how cynical I get, I can't keep up. VOTER GUIDE: 2012 California Propositions Any ballot measure with a handle like that has to be automatically suspect. Even a cursory look at Prop. 32 shows that it's about a covey of special interests from the right attacking a rival interest on the left, organized labor.
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.
OPINION
January 25, 2012
President Obama had two purposes in his State of the Union address on Tuesday: to offer a manifesto for the 2012 campaign and to articulate policy choices to Congress that would benefit the economy. In a speech that was argumentative if not aggressive, he was more successful in achieving the first objective than the second. But overall it was an effective speech. For some time Obama has telegraphed the overarching political themes of the speech - economic fairness and an expansive role for the federal government - and he stuck to that script.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2011 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
Assembly Speaker John Pérez began his career working for a local painters union, then spent more than a decade as a political director of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which recently named him Person of the Year. As one of Sacramento's top Democrats, he's considered a key advocate of organized labor. But as he pushes a plan to disband the troubled city of Vernon, he's finding himself suddenly at odds with those traditional allies. Maria Elena Durazo, head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, is siding with labor groups who argue that disincorporating the heavily industrial city south of downtown could result in major job losses as businesses flee higher taxes and more regulation under another government entity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2008 | David Zahniser, Zahniser is a Times staff writer.
Three years ago, campaign finance experts watched with alarm as one-fifth of the money raised on behalf of Los Angeles mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa came from "independent expenditures," special interests with no limits on how much they could collect and spend. The numbers were even more jaw-dropping for Villaraigosa's opponent, then-Mayor James K. Hahn. Although he lost his bid for a second term, Hahn saw one-third of his financial backing, or $2 million, come from such groups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2006 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
A union president who testified that she does not understand the meaning of "perjury." Workers who move easily between the Legislature and local political campaigns, stopping only to create phony reports so they could draw paychecks from a union. Union leaders who routinely sign, under penalty of perjury, blank forms disclosing their campaign contributions and trust others to fill in the correct data.
BUSINESS
November 12, 1991 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
The stunning upset election victory of Sen. Harris Wofford (D-Penn.) last week has created a rare upbeat mood among delegates to the national AFL-CIO convention that opened here Monday. Today, delegates will be wooed by all six announced Democratic presidential candidates, and echoes of Wofford's populist campaign messages are certain to reverberate through the Democrats' speeches.
NEWS
March 25, 1988 | Henry Weinstein
The Communications Workers of America, one of the nation's most politically active unions, announced Thursday that Dukakis and Jackson have pulled away from the rest of the Democratic field in the latest poll of the union's members. Among CWA members who said they would participate in coming primaries and caucuses, 38% said Dukakis was their first choice and 32% said they preferred Jackson. The other three contenders were far behind, with Gephardt getting 8%, Gore 5% and Simon 3%.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2006 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
The union working with Los Angeles billionaire Ron Burkle to buy 12 newspapers from McClatchy Co. is asking elected officials to lobby the Sacramento company on behalf of labor's effort to acquire the publications. Burkle's Yucaipa Cos., working with the Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, submitted a bid Tuesday on the papers McClatchy is selling as part of its acquisition of Knight Ridder Inc.
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