LOS ANGELES, May 1 (Reuters) – Southern California port
truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than
contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on
Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their
cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments.
Several hundred drivers, backed by the Teamsters union,
struck four trucking firms they accuse of defying federal and
state labor enforcement decisions and a court ruling that the
truckers were victims of wage theft through misclassification.
LOS ANGELES, May 1 (Reuters) – Olympic champion and reality
television star Bruce Jenner has been sued for wrongful death by
relatives of the woman killed in a car crash involving the
former athlete on a Malibu highway in February, a Los Angeles
court spokeswoman said on Friday.
Spokeswoman Kathy Roberts said the 16-page lawsuit was
brought by two stepchildren of Kim Howe, who died in the Feb. 7
four-car collision on the Pacific Coast Highway that sheriff’s
deputies said at the time left five other people injured.
LOS ANGELES, April 29 (Reuters) – Striking port truckers
seeking recognition as employees rather than as independent
contractors for their companies picketed a rail yard on
Wednesday as they called again on the mayors of Los Angeles and
Long Beach to weigh in on drivers’ behalf.
Hundreds of drivers launched a strike on Monday against four
trucking firms they accuse of defying federal and state labor
enforcement decisions and a court ruling that found the truckers
had been victims of wage theft through misclassification.
LOS ANGELES, April 28 (Reuters) – Bumble Bee Foods and two
former managers of the San Diego-based tuna fish company have
been charged with criminal safety violations after an employee
burned to death inside a pressurized steam cooker.
The company, along with its former safety manager and
director of plant operations, were each charged with three
counts of willfully violating worker safety rules in a felony
complaint filed on Monday by the Los Angeles County District
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tractor-trailer drivers who haul
freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on
strike against four trucking firms on Monday, demanding
recognition as employees rather than contractors in a move
reviving labor tension around the country’s busiest cargo hub.
Delegations of drivers notified the companies of their
intent to strike at 6 a.m. PDT, with picket lines going up
immediately at the companies’ truck yards, Teamsters spokeswoman
Barb Maynard told reporters on a conference call.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on strike against four ground-shipment companies on Monday, a Teamsters union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation’s busiest cargo hub.
Delegations of drivers planned to notify the companies of their intent to strike at 6 a.m. Pacific time, with picket lines going up immediately at the companies’ truck yards, Teamsters spokeswoman Barb Maynard told Reuters.
LOS ANGELES, April 24 (Reuters) – Truckers who haul freight
from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will vote on
Saturday whether to go on strike, organizers said, in a move
that could revive labor tensions at the nation’s busiest cargo
hub as it recovers from a crippling dockworkers dispute.
Picket lines could go up as early as Monday at various
terminal yards, rail yards and other locations around the twin
ports, said Teamsters union spokeswoman Barb Maynard, whose
group does not represent the drivers but backs their efforts.
LOS ANGELES, April 23 (Reuters) – U.S. government geologists
now recognize much of Oklahoma as earthquake country, accounting
for the bulk of 17 regions newly designated for seismic hazards
attributed to underground disposal of wastewater from fossil
The 17 regions are delineated in the first official map by
the U.S. Geological Survey documenting areas of elevated and
increasing earthquake frequency found to be induced by human
activity, namely deep-well injection of oil and gas wastewater.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The wife of a small-town Southern California mayor shot dead during a domestic dispute in their home has been charged with manslaughter in the slaying and pleaded not guilty on Thursday during her initial court appearance, prosecutors said.
Lyvette Crespo, 43, was arraigned before a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who ordered her held in lieu of $150,000 bail in connection with the Oct. 1 fatal shooting of her husband, Daniel Crespo, 45, who was the mayor of suburban Bell Gardens.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Marshals Service is reviewing an incident after a video posted on the Internet appeared to show one of its deputies snatching away and smashing the cell phone of a woman who was filming police and federal agents making arrests in a Los Angeles suburb.
Video taken by another bystander at Sunday’s confrontation in the South Gate suburb in southeast Los Angeles and posted on YouTube showed the woman standing on a sidewalk aiming her phone at two officers a short distance away.