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November 28, 2011 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Where a hot dog stand now is the main lunchtime option for city workers in this distressed Bay Area town, soon they'll be able to choose from steel-cut oatmeal, goat cheese empanadas and white bean and kale stew, prepared in a mobile cafe. Its owners will share in the decision-making — and any profits. Richmond Solar has trained needy residents to work as green-energy installers and now aims to transform some into bosses by forming a worker-owned cooperative. The city's first bicycle shop has opened with similar dreams: Young men who have volunteered to learn the repair trade soon may be elevated to co-owners.
September 29, 2002
"Many Southland Workers Fall in Gap Between Income, Rents" [Sept. 19] bemoaned the fact that minimum-wage earners are unable to afford a $1,088-per-month "low-end" apartment in Los Angeles County. Oddly enough, The Times chose to profile a worker who was able to find an acceptable apartment for $325 and who donates more than 40% of his gross income every month to relatives in Mexico. If there are so many minimum-wage workers supporting families in this state, why couldn't The Times find one?
May 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The World Food Program said one of its workers was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in northwestern Kenya. Silence Chirara is the first WFP worker killed in the town of Lokichoggio. Chirara was the agency's logistics coordinator for southern Sudan. Lokichoggio is a hub for agencies working in the region.
March 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A thrift-store worker in Pomona says she didn't think twice about returning $30,000 she found in donated clothing. Barbarita Nunez was sorting clothes Tuesday at the Veterans Thrift Store when she found a small box containing an envelope of cash. Nunez said at first she thought the money was fake. But just in case, she gave it to her supervisor. The money turned out to belong to a woman who had recently died. It was returned to her family, who gave Nunez a cash reward.
July 19, 1992 | Associated Press
Authorities said a man suspected of kidnaping a civilian Navy employee was being questioned after turning himself over to a sheriff's deputy. Clifford Lelikana Parker, 25, flagged down a deputy Friday night and said he knew authorities were seeking him, a Contra Costa County sheriff's official said. Walter John Wainwright, a vending machine money collector for the Alameda Naval Air Station, has been missing since Tuesday.
May 17, 2002 | Bloomberg News
A former Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. employee testified she burned records about tire defects after a supervisor told her a "good employee would make sure they weren't there." The second-largest U.S. tire maker, facing a wrongful-death lawsuit by two boys paralyzed in a 1998 wreck that killed their parents, is accused of instructing workers to destroy the records. Lawyers for the boys, who are seeking $100 million in damages, want the court to penalize Cooper for hiding evidence.
June 8, 1997
Q A co-worker in her 60s consistently goes barefoot at work. At her age, her blue-veined, swollen ankles and feet are most unsightly, whether she is wearing a dress or long pants. She sits at her workstation and walks between other workstations and nearby departments in this manner. This situation has been going on for some years and has been observed by co-workers, her supervisor and others in administrative positions, including the top manager. Apparently nothing has been said to her.
October 29, 2001
Question: I was an employee at a firm for about six months. One day, one of my co-workers who has a bad temper spit in my face during a discussion. I immediately reported the incident to my supervisor, but he did not do anything to rectify the situation. I eventually quit because the situation became unbearable. Do I have any legal recourse from the employer or co-worker? --G.T., Los Angeles * Answer: You certainly could file a civil complaint against the co-worker for such an assault.
January 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge sentenced a former Lutheran Church youth worker to more than 48 years in prison for sex crimes against five minors aged 10 to 16. James Allen Weller, 32, was convicted in November of 27 counts of rape, forced oral copulation, forcible child molestation, oral copulation with a minor and taking pornographic pictures of a minor. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Alan Bollhoffer also ordered Weller to pay $2,600 in fines and restitution within three years.
April 4, 1993
After reading the article "NAFTA Talks Face Critical Test" (March 17), it is insulting to the American worker to think that the proponents of the North American Free Trade Agreement would have us believe that Mexico would be made more prosperous and in turn buy American-made products. Do they really expect us to be duped into believing that on an average wage of $40.55 per week Mexicans would be able to afford American tools cast in Buffalo, refrigerators manufactured in Iowa, computer software developed in the Silicon Valley, etc.?
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