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September 7, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Despite a soft housing market and the layoffs planned by Amgen Inc. and Countrywide Financial Corp., the Ventura County economy is expected to remain stable and those workers who lose their jobs are likely to find other employment in the region, according to a new economic report.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Despite a soft housing market and the layoffs planned by Amgen Inc. and Countrywide Financial Corp., the Ventura County economy is expected to remain stable and those workers who lose their jobs are likely to find other employment in the region, according to a new economic report.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County's unemployment rate dropped to 7.9% in March, down from 8.5% a month before, as farm and construction workers returned to work after being idled by heavy winter rains, labor officials said Monday. Despite the improvement, employers reported that 3,800 fewer jobs exist in Ventura County than a year ago, according to a monthly report released Monday by the state Employment Development Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Farmers, housing advocates and community leaders pledged Thursday to build on momentum surrounding the creation of new farmworker housing in Ventura County, saying the issue is critical to the stability of the county's oldest and most prominent industry.
NEWS
January 18, 1995 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ashamed to seek help from the government, Eliodoro Frutos had never been to an unemployment office before last week. But the farm laborer, out of work indefinitely because of the recent storms, swallowed his pride out of concern for his wife and five children who live in Mexico. Frutos, who has a permit to work in the United States, said his family members rely on the money he sends them to survive. "I haven't been able to send them any money," Frutos said. "They don't have anything."
BUSINESS
February 9, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Ventura County employers to comply with anti-discrimination laws "have to realize that it's no longer acceptable for them to be led primarily by white males," said Dawn Hodson, president of J.D. Hodson & Associates, a Ventura business consulting firm. Because of dramatic changes in Ventura County's ethnic makeup, employers must make special efforts to avoid continually duplicating the "look" of their work force and executive ranks, Hodson said.
NEWS
April 23, 1995 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For many hard years, Juan Santiago Chavez trekked north to California each spring to grub money to feed his family and to save so he could one day build a fine house in the tiny mountaintop village where he was born. But now he works only part-time, sleeps in a new two-story concrete home that is among the largest around and still can hardly believe the turn of events that brought him $35,000 last year.
NEWS
September 13, 1987
A Ventura County Superior Court judge issued an order prohibiting about 300 medical workers from taking part in a strike of Ventura County government employees scheduled to begin Tuesday. Meanwhile, 80 of the county's 100 road and flood-control workers began their strike five days early in a union-sanctioned walkout, forming picket lines at service yard facilities in Moorpark and Oxnard, union spokesman Greg Thayer said. After receiving affidavits from health administrators, Judge Kenneth R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County government's largest labor union approved a tentative contract Friday, potentially ending its most acrimonious salary battle in a decade. Under the agreement, 4,200 general government workers would receive raises averaging 13% over four years. If the contract is quickly ratified, employees will see the pay increase beginning in their Oct. 18 checks, union leaders said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Farmers, housing advocates and community leaders pledged Thursday to build on momentum surrounding the creation of new farmworker housing in Ventura County, saying the issue is critical to the stability of the county's oldest and most prominent industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County government's largest labor union approved a tentative contract Friday, potentially ending its most acrimonious salary battle in a decade. Under the agreement, 4,200 general government workers would receive raises averaging 13% over four years. If the contract is quickly ratified, employees will see the pay increase beginning in their Oct. 18 checks, union leaders said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Business leaders across Ventura County are gearing up to challenge a minimum-wage ordinance that supervisors appear poised to pass at Tuesday's meeting. More than a dozen chamber of commerce members from such areas as Ventura, Oxnard and Simi Valley said they plan to voice opposition to the so-called living wage ordinance that would require companies contracting with the county government to pay employees at least $8 an hour with health benefits, or $10 an hour without benefits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although Monday is Labor Day, a holiday that recognizes workers' contributions to the nation's prosperity, the long weekend should be spent relaxing and having fun. Although most county campground sites are already booked, there's still plenty to do. How about picnicking at a park or barbecuing at the beach? Seen a flick recently?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1997 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United Farm Workers union has kicked off its Ventura County campaign to organize thousands of strawberry pickers as part of a statewide effort to bring 20,000 new members into the rejuvenated union. About half a dozen UFW recruiters talked with pickers and handed out leaflets at three Oxnard-area farms Tuesday and Wednesday, the first flurry of activity in an uphill effort to organize an estimated 2,000 or more local laborers.
NEWS
April 23, 1995 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For many hard years, Juan Santiago Chavez trekked north to California each spring to grub money to feed his family and to save so he could one day build a fine house in the tiny mountaintop village where he was born. But now he works only part-time, sleeps in a new two-story concrete home that is among the largest around and still can hardly believe the turn of events that brought him $35,000 last year.
NEWS
January 18, 1995 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ashamed to seek help from the government, Eliodoro Frutos had never been to an unemployment office before last week. But the farm laborer, out of work indefinitely because of the recent storms, swallowed his pride out of concern for his wife and five children who live in Mexico. Frutos, who has a permit to work in the United States, said his family members rely on the money he sends them to survive. "I haven't been able to send them any money," Frutos said. "They don't have anything."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although Monday is Labor Day, a holiday that recognizes workers' contributions to the nation's prosperity, the long weekend should be spent relaxing and having fun. Although most county campground sites are already booked, there's still plenty to do. How about picnicking at a park or barbecuing at the beach? Seen a flick recently?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Business leaders across Ventura County are gearing up to challenge a minimum-wage ordinance that supervisors appear poised to pass at Tuesday's meeting. More than a dozen chamber of commerce members from such areas as Ventura, Oxnard and Simi Valley said they plan to voice opposition to the so-called living wage ordinance that would require companies contracting with the county government to pay employees at least $8 an hour with health benefits, or $10 an hour without benefits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County's unemployment rate dropped to 7.9% in March, down from 8.5% a month before, as farm and construction workers returned to work after being idled by heavy winter rains, labor officials said Monday. Despite the improvement, employers reported that 3,800 fewer jobs exist in Ventura County than a year ago, according to a monthly report released Monday by the state Employment Development Department.
BUSINESS
February 9, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Ventura County employers to comply with anti-discrimination laws "have to realize that it's no longer acceptable for them to be led primarily by white males," said Dawn Hodson, president of J.D. Hodson & Associates, a Ventura business consulting firm. Because of dramatic changes in Ventura County's ethnic makeup, employers must make special efforts to avoid continually duplicating the "look" of their work force and executive ranks, Hodson said.
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