| Feb 2, 2007
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to boost the federal minimum wage by $2.10 to $7.25 an hour over two years, but packaged the increase with controversial tax cuts for small businesses and higher taxes for many $1 million-plus...
| Dec 22, 2008
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said he's "thrilled." SEIU President Andy Stern said he's "thrilled." Apparently, everyone who happens to run a labor organization feels that Christmas has come a little early this year with President-elect Barack Obama's...
| Dec 23, 2008
Al Meyerhoff, a prominent environmental and labor lawyer whose landmark cases included the 2002 settlement of a class-action lawsuit against some of America's biggest clothing retailers that alleged sweatshop abuses on the island of Saipan, has died. He...
| Aug 29, 2008
A congressional committee has opened an inquiry into a financial scandal enveloping the Service Employees International Union's biggest California local because of six-figure payments made to firms owned by relatives of its president.
| Sep 12, 2008
| 10:25 PM
The top-ranking Republican on the House labor committee called Friday for immediate hearings on a spending scandal at California's largest union local.
In a statement, Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) suggested that the committee's...
| Sep 17, 2008
Responding to Republican charges of foot-dragging, the Democratic chairman of the House labor panel said Tuesday that it is pursuing its inquiry into a spending scandal at the Service Employees International Union but taking care not to interfere with a...
| Nov 21, 2006
Church Rock Mine, N.M. -- MOST OF THE MINING companies that drilled, dug and blasted for uranium on the Navajo reservation during the Cold War did nothing to repair the environmental damage they left behind. For a time, tribal leaders staked their hopes...
| Jan 10, 2008
| 1:17 PM
John Kerry, the Democratic Party's 2004 standard-bearer, endorsed Barack Obama for president today, dashing the hopes of onetime running mate John Edwards and delivering a blow to his other Senate colleague, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
| Jul 1, 2009
Pretty faces and promising careers tend to flash across our local political firmament with the frequency of shooting stars -- and with about as much effect. But for more than two decades, the most consequential elected official in Southern California...
| Mar 2, 2009
The conundrum of school reform is that you can't expect more accountability without funding, but you also can't add significant new funding without demanding accountability. As the Obama administration gears up to reveal its proposals for revamping the No...
| Apr 1, 2009
Will 'card check' work?
Re “The flaw in ‘card check,’ ” editorial, March 29
Your proposal for a secret ballot for employees would be fine in an ideal world. In the real world, however, the forces of intimidation available to...