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October 20, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
In October, 1987, the Pictsweet division of United Foods Inc. bought three mushroom farms out of bankruptcy, one of them a 50-acre operation on Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. The move saved 350 Ventura County jobs. This month, as United observes the fifth anniversary of its venture into mushrooms, 200 of those who worked on the Ventura farm in 1987 are still there. Overall employment remains at 350, though production is up considerably.
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October 20, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
In October, 1987, the Pictsweet division of United Foods Inc. bought three mushroom farms out of bankruptcy, one of them a 50-acre operation on Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. The move saved 350 Ventura County jobs. This month, as United observes the fifth anniversary of its venture into mushrooms, 200 of those who worked on the Ventura farm in 1987 are still there. Overall employment remains at 350, though production is up considerably.
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August 25, 1987
About 250 food stackers, packers, graders, mechanics and other Teamsters Union employees of United Foods Inc. marched through Salinas to a rally to press their demands for a new contract. They have worked two years without one. Organizer Beverly Lewis said the workers are "fighting for job security." Signs on the march included one that read, "Have You Hugged a Scab Today?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2001
After losing two court battles, Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura has agreed to a judgment ordering it to obey all traffic laws and keep detailed records of its drivers' work hours. The agreement, which follows a civil suit accusing dispatchers of keeping fatigued truck drivers on the road, was announced Tuesday by Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury. Bradbury's consumer protection division filed the lawsuit last year against Pictsweet's parent company, Tennessee-based United Foods Inc.
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November 29, 1998
* The Ventura County Leadership Academy received a $2,500 grant from BankAmerica Foundation. The money will be used to support the academy's community Leadership Development Program, which is sponsored by United Way of Ventura County. The program, in its fourth year, is held between September and May. Graduates have gone on to serve in elected and appointed positions in municipal governments, boards of directors for local nonprofit agencies and through participation in community activities.
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March 14, 2000 | TRACY WILSON
Ventura County prosecutors filed a suit Monday against the owners of a local mushroom farm, alleging that the Tennessee-based company has engaged in unfair and unlawful business practices. The complaint contends that United Foods Inc. violated state law by keeping fatigued truck drivers on the road, threatening worker safety and increasing the public's exposure to potential traffic accidents.
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April 18, 2000
Dozens of mushroom pickers protested outside an Oxnard Pizza Hut on Monday, urging the restaurant chain to push Ventura County's largest mushroom grower to sign a contract with the United Farm Workers union. The UFW in recent months has stepped up a campaign to win a contract at the Ventura-based Pictsweet Mushroom Farm, whose 300 workers have been without union representation for more than a decade.
HEALTH
December 18, 2006 | From Times wire reports
The $22-billion-a-year U.S. dietary supplement industry will be required to report consumer side effects from its products under a bill that Congress passed and President Bush is expected to sign. Supplement manufacturers, including Herbalife Ltd., United Natural Foods Inc., Nature's Sunshine Products Inc. and Usana Health Sciences Inc., will have 15 business days to report adverse events, including death and hospitalization, to the Food and Drug Administration.
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March 30, 2001 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Sen. Gloria Romero will meet with PictSweet mushroom workers today to hear about conditions inside the Ventura farm, and the lawmaker said she may follow up with recommendations to the Senate Labor Committee. Romero (D-Los Angeles) said the meeting could lead to hearings and a full-scale investigation into working conditions and management at the plant.
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July 4, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Seizing on a powerful new weapon aimed at ending contract disputes, the United Farm Workers union requested Thursday that state agricultural officials impose mandatory mediation to resolve a long-running labor fight at Southern California's largest mushroom farm. The filing is the first by the UFW under a new state law that allows agricultural workers or employers to seek mediation in cases where farm-labor negotiations reach an impasse.
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February 18, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
After 17 years of working without a union contract, employees at Southern California's largest mushroom farm have won a three-year pact, the landmark result of a new state law aimed at resolving long-running labor disputes. The new contract at the Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura will bring higher wages, increased job security and a company-paid medical plan to the plant's 300 employees.
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