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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterCalifornia's largest union local and a related charity have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by the wife and mother-in-law of the labor organization's president, documents and interviews show. The Los Angeles-based union, which...
Leaders of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists approved a new contract with Hollywood studios that grants actors more money for Internet work -- an issue that sparked a crippling writers' strike earlier this year. AFTRA's board...
Today's topic: Are labor unions a victim or villain in the decline of the Detroit Big Three? Shikha Dalmia and David Madland discuss the state and future of American labor unions. A New Deal-era model is sinking the Big Three Point: Shikha Dalmia A...
Why is this recession so deep, and what can be done to reverse it? Hint: Go back about 50 years, when America's middle class was expanding and the economy was soaring. Paychecks were big enough to allow us to buy all the goods and services we produced....
Times Staff WriterIn the winter of 1977, at the height of his union's power, Cesar Chavez summoned the leaders of the United Farm Workers to a mountain retreat in the Sierra foothills. They found themselves in an ultra-clean compound where recovering drug addicts with...
Tags: Unions, Death, Civil Unrest, Farms, Constitutional Issues
Times Staff WriterFor more than two decades, Lowell Seibert made a living driving piles and erecting machinery across the industrial Midwest. But with mortgage payments, college tuitions and the prospect of retirement looming, Seibert traded in his outdoor job 14 years...
Times Staff WriterMaydeen Tharp wanted a living trust. She wound up buying a $230,000 annuity. Tharp, a widowed homemaker, had invited an insurance man to her home in Upland to get her estate in order. The salesman shifted the conversation to a different subject:...
Tags: Homes, Insurance, Fines, Paul Newman, Collective Contract
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersFour days after Hollywood's first major strike in nearly 20 years began, pressures are mounting to get writers and the major studios back to the bargaining table. On Thursday, leaders from the industry's top five talent agencies met in secret with...
Times Staff WriterRed letters flash inside the famous black eagle, symbol of the United Farm Workers: "Donate," the blinking message urges, to carry on the dreams of Cesar Chavez. Bannered on websites and spread by e-mail, the insistent appeals resonate with a...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersHollywood's striking writers, signaling a possible thaw in the 3-month-old labor dispute, have agreed to drop two demands that studios have long viewed as non-starters. Leaders of the Writers Guild of America told top studio chiefs during a meeting...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersThe strike is over. Hollywood's costly 100-day walkout came to a widely welcomed end Tuesday after members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly to go back to work. More than 90% of the 3,775 writers who cast ballots in Los Angeles and...
Tags: Unions, Strikes, Work Relations, Elections, Television
Today's question: U.S. automakers say the high cost of labor here gives overseas companies an unfair advantage. How much of a problem is Big Labor for Detroit? How much of an advantage -- if at all -- do Honda, Toyota and others have over U.S. companies?...
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