Californians' view of organized labor has soured over the past two and a half years: 45% of those surveyed in a poll released Friday said unions do more harm than good, up from 35% in a March 2011 reading.
The results of the independent Field Poll showed a stark shift in public opinion in California, long a labor union stronghold. Even those who identify as Democrats or have union affiliations reported their views on labor unions taking a turn for the worse.
The poll of 1,002 registered voters was conducted between Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 and also found that recent public transit worker strikes in the Bay Area, which disrupted commuters' workdays, affected the public's opinion.
Statewide, 47% of voters said public transit workers should be allowed to strike versus 44% who said they should not.
"Voters in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area... are more likely than voters elsewhere to oppose public transit workers having the right to strike," pollster Mark DiCamillo said.
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices dropped in November for the third straight month, indicating that inflation remains in check as Federal Reserve officials consider reducing a key stimulus program.
The Labor Department said Friday that its producer price index fell 0.1% from the previous month. The decline, which was in line with analyst expectations, was driven by a 0.4% drop in the price index for energy.
November's drop in wholesale prices followed a 0.2% decline in October and 0.1% in September.
Amid rising enrollment for healthcare insurance in California, industry giant Anthem Blue Cross has seized the early lead with a 30% share of the state's exchange market.
Two major rivals, Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente, aren't far behind in newly released state figures.
Overall, the Covered California exchange said 156,143 people have selected a private health plan through Dec. 7. An additional 179,000 Californians have been deemed eligible for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
The pace of enrollment has escalated sharply ahead of the federal Affordable Care Act's Dec. 23 deadline to get coverage starting Jan. 1.
Consider this: Nearly 31,000 Californians enrolled for health insurance during the month of October. About that same number of people signed up in just two days earlier this week, the state said.
Boeing Co. said the machinists union in Washington has rejected a “best and final” contract proposal that would ensure the aerospace giant would build its next-generation 777X airliner in the state.
The announcement came after the third day of meetings between Boeing and the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751. The talks were the first between the two sides since the union overwhelmingly voted to reject a eight-year contract extension last month.
Since then, Boeing has opened a nationwide sweepstakes asking other states to submit incentive-laden proposals. The company said it received proposals from 22 states, many of which submitted multiple sites for consideration.
Washington is still in the running to build the twin-aisle jet, but it’s unclear whether Boeing will move forward without a deal with the machinists union. It represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers.
"We entered these discussions to address the concerns we were hearing...
California's insurance exchange said 159,000 people have enrolled in private health plans through early December, but very few Latinos are signing up.
In figures released Thursday, the Covered California exchange also said 179,000 people appear likely to qualify for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor.
State officials said early returns this month indicate enrollment continues to accelerate ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to apply if people want coverage in place Jan. 1.
About 7,100 people daily have selected a health plan during the first week of December. The state's overall enrollment had reached 159,004 through Dec. 7.
"Enrollments and applications are surging," said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California. He said the exchange and outside groups assisting with enrollment "are stepping up our game to meet the demand."
One of the weak spots so far in California has been the lackluster turnout among Latinos, even though they make up about half...
Amid debate over safety, air rage and courtesy in the air, the Federal Communications Commission approved the first step in allowing passengers on airplanes to use cellphones in flight.
The “notice of rule making” approved by a 3-2 vote Thursday means the FCC will now take comments from the public and experts before returning at a later date for a vote on lifting the agency’s ban on cellphone use in the air.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who supported lifting the ban, made it clear that the FCC’s decision does not require airlines to allow cellphone calls, even if the agency’s ban is lifted. He said each individual airline must still install technology that will prevent cell calls from disrupting communications with cell towers.
Wheeler said airlines can continue to ban voice service but allow passengers to use their smartphones to send emails and texts and to surf the Web.
“This is a technological rule,” he said. “This is a rule about...
Led by Andreessen Horowitz, the fundraising efforts also included existing investors Union Square Ventures and Ribbit Capital. Chris Dixon of Andreessen and Fred Nixon of Union Square will also join the board of Coinbase.
Bitcoin is a fast growing digital currency that has been championed most prominently by the twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who are best-known for their years-long battle with Mark Zuckerbergover Facebook....
With the majority of college graduates stuck with overwhelming student-loan debt, new parents would be wise to save as early as possible, according to a report by credit.com, a personal finance and credit-card comparison website.
Between 2000 and 2010, the cost of a college education increased 35%, according to the 2011 Digest of Education Statistics. The cost of a private college education is already hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, and will likely increase significantly by the time today's baby enters college.
"That’s a price tag no one should ignore, because the longer you wait to save, the more pressed for cash your child will be when he or she graduates from high school," the website said.
Salcido Tours, a Los Angeles-based bus company that operates in Southern California and Mexico, was among those shut down by federal regulators in a nationwide safety crackdown.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shuttered 52 bus companies after an eight-month investigation partly prompted by a February bus crash near San Bernardino that killed eight people and injured 30 others.
The agency said it pulled 340 unsafe vehicles from the road after investigators found several safety problems among the bus companies it investigated.
Of the more than four dozen companies shut down, only one, Salcido Tours, was based in California.
Salcido Tours' permit to operate was revoked Nov. 19, federal records show, after the company failed to make repairs after violations were found with three of the four coach buses the firm operates.
Federal inspectors over three reviews in August and September found that one bus had several maintenance violations, including an inadequate brake...
The children's SMILA-series lamps were sold in eight designs: blue star, yellow moon, pink flower, white flower, red heart, green bug, blue seashell and orange seahorse. They are 11 inches by 11 inches and have 7-foot electrical cords.
They were sold exclusively at Ikea stores nationwide, in Ikea’s catalog and online from July 1999 through May 2013 for between $10 and $13.
Consumers should "immediately stop using the recalled lamp and contact Ikeafor a free...
The '80s rocker filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Michaels Stores Inc., accusing the retailer of selling T-shirts that infringed on the trademark he holds for "Bad to the Bone," the title of his 1982 smash hit.
Michaels, which operates a chain of arts-and-crafts stores, sells products to make a "Bad to the Bone tee" on its website. Officials with the Texas-based retailer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit alleges that Thorogood asked Michaels to stop using the "Bad to the Bone" trademark, but it has continued to do so. Thorogood seeks a court order barring Michaels from continuing to use the trademark, plus $100,000 in damages, court costs and attorney fees.
Thorogood has marketed a line of clothing, including T-shirts, jackets and hats, using the "Bad to the Bone" trademark, the lawsuit said. He obtained...
Federal regulators shut down 52 bus companies in a nationwide safety crackdown partly prompted by a February bus crash near San Bernardino that killed eight people and injured 30 others.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it pulled 340 unsafe vehicles from the road after investigators found several safety problems among the bus companies it investigated.
"Bus travel is increasingly popular because it is a convenient, inexpensive option for students, groups and families," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. "But it must also be safe. Through Operation Quick Strike and our regular enforcement efforts, we’re shutting down companies that put passengers at risk and educating the public on safe motor coach travel."
More than four dozen investigators began scrutinizing companies with poor safety records in April. The federal agency said that 20 companies were immediately shuttered for violations "posing an imminent hazard to the public."