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  • Seaport battle looms as Israel plans new competition

    May 16, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Israel is betting its economic future on high-tech exports but faces a low-tech bottleneck in state-owned seaports subject to work stoppages and slowdowns because of the enormous strength of their unions.

    All that may be about to change.

    The government, for years unwilling to...

  • European rabbis: Shechitah could come under legislative attack in EU

    August 7, 2012 | 10:37 am

    A prominent European rabbinical group has warned that kosher slaughter could come under further attack this year in European Union countries.

    “Many European Jewish communities are not aware that shechitah could be put in danger,” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the...

  • Israel public sector strike ends

    February 12, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    An Israeli public sector strike that has disrupted public transportation and closed banks, the stock market and government offices ended on Sunday with a new wage package for low-earning contract workers.

    The Finance Ministry announced the deal with the Histadrut labour federation,...

  • Israel public sector strike headed for third day

    February 9, 2012 | 3:03 pm

    Israel’s banks, ports and stock market were closed in the second day of a general strike on Thursday that threatened to drag on for another 24 hours after negotiations between unions and government hit new obstacles.

    The strike called by the Histadrut labor federation, an umbrella...

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  • Israeli workers launch massive strike

    February 8, 2012 | 8:54 am

    Israeli workers launched an open-ended general strike.

    The strike launched Wednesday by the Histadrut, Israel’s main labor union, closed down the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, stopped trains across the country and caused major delays at Ben Gurion Airport. The crippling strike also...

  • Israeli workers strike cut short by court

    November 7, 2011 | 8:18 am

    Israel’s main labor union ended a brief strike that shut down major sectors of the economy on Monday, following a labor court injunction that limited the action to just four hours.

    The Histadrut Labour Federation, the umbrella body for hundreds of thousands of public sector workers,...

  • Israel union goes on strike, court limits scope

    November 6, 2011 | 11:46 pm

    Israel’s main labor union declared a general strike on Monday, shutting down major sectors of the country’s economy, but a labor court intervened issuing an injunction that limited the strike to just four hours, officials said.

    The Histadrut Labour Federation, the umbrella...

  • Wis. governor’s plan threatens workers and Jewish values

    February 28, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    More than 100 Jews from all three Madison synagogues gathered Feb. 25 to celebrate Shabbat with services in the Wisconsin State Capitol. Four Madison rabbis led the services for the community members who had crammed into the North Gallery.

    Below us, the Capitol Rotunda was teeming...

  • I want my $5 back - a heartfelt letter to my bank!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 4, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    Dear Wescom Credit Union Employees:

    I am writing this letter because I just spent 30 minutes on the phone speaking with one of your Imbeciles, please excuse the spelling of that word, the auto-corrector doesn’t have a suggestion for me.

    Anyway, I just wasted 30 minutes of my life...

  • Webcast: Former L.A. DWP chief Nahai defends 30YA amidst union controversy

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 17, 2010 | 12:07 pm

    I caught up with the former L.A. Department of Water & Power chief, H. David Nahai before the 30 Years After (30YA) conference on October 10th before he was to appear on a panel for the conference to get his reactions to the recent controversy 30YA was caught up in with the Hyatt...

  • Extra Extra: How to get a SAG voucher

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 5, 2008 | 5:16 pm

    So I was sitting in “holding” barely shaded by the hot sun in Long Beach where they were filming the TV show Dexter. I had woken up at 5 a.m. again, very tired, when some guy asks the AD (assistant director), “what’s the secret to getting SAG vouchers?” He’s been working...

  • Israel’s teacher strike highlights cracks in the system

    By Michele Chabin

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As much as he's been wanting to complete his master's degree in history, David Graniewitz would rather be standing in front of a classroom, teaching history or English to junior high and high school students.

    Instead Graniewitz, who has taught in Israeli secondary schools for almost...

  • Berries, Pizza and a Smile

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I walked into Trader Joe's last Sunday and spent $54 on a gallon of milk. Truth be told, it was the strawberries, frozen pizza, extra dog treats, new kind of low-fat cheese and that tempting bottle of Prosecco wine that drove up the bill -- none of which I'd intended to buy, and all...
  • Is L.A. in the market for another grocery strike?

    By Naomi Glauberman

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As the Jewish community nears the end of Passover on April 9, the second contract extension between the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and Southern California's major supermarkets -- Supervalu Inc.'s Albertsons, Kroger Co.'s Ralphs and Safeway Inc.'s Vons -- is set to...
  • A night at the homeless shelter

    By Jackie Greenspan

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    545 San Pedro Street is an address I will never forget.

    It is the Union Rescue Mission downtown, inhabited by homeless individuals that reside in their designated corners on Skid Row. My school, Milken Community High School, offered a community service experience for 21 students,...

  • It happened one weekend ... at the Sisterhood

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Something happens," I was told across the "first timers" table Nov. 2 at BJ's Restaurant in Woodland Hills. "When these women get together. I can't explain it, but something happens."

    The get-together was the 46th annual Biennial Assembly of the Women of Reform Judaism's (WRJ)...

  • Arrested development: Young Jewish activists voluntarily go to jail in support of union rights

    By Alex Collins-Shotwell

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sarah Leiber Church and Laura Podolsky had big plans for the evening of Sept. 28 -- getting arrested.
     
    They were part of a protest march that took place along Century Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport aimed at hotels that allegedly have been preventing employees from...
  • United Teachers Los Angeles just says ‘no’ to Israel divestment push by union commitee

    By Marc Ballon

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Under a tidal wave of pressure from the local Jewish community, the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has decided to deny use of its headquarters to a UTLA committee planning to host a meeting to discuss the launch of a local boycott of sanctions against and divestment from Israel....
  • News Briefs from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Technion Gets $25 Million Gift From Californian

    A California philanthropist has donated $25 million to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. The gift from Lorry Lokey, founder and chairman of Business Wire, will be used to create a new combined life sciences and...

  • Nation World Briefs

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ground Troops in Gaza

    Israel sent troops into the Gaza Strip for the first time since it withdrew from the territory. Commandos entered northern Gaza on Monday night and attacked a Palestinian squad about to launch a rocket into Israel. Four suspected terrorists were killed and...

  • Community Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rocking Passover

    Israeli hip-hop act "Hadag Nachash" (Snakefish) thrills the audience at "Let My People Rock," an all-day Passover festival held Sunday, April 16, on the grounds of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley. More than 2,000 people attended Sunday's event, said...

  • Questions Emerge Over School Board Candidate

    By Howard Blume

    March 1, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A leading contender in next week's L.A. school board race is at odds with USC and UCLA over his academic standing, the latest in a series of uncomfortable disclosures for Christopher Arellano.

    Arellano, 33, the candidate endorsed by the powerful Los Angeles teachers union, did not...

  • Acts of Faith

    By Amy Klein

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shabbat Shalom, Los Feliz

    When Rabbi Leibel Korf came to Los Angeles more than seven years ago, he started up a Chabad center in his Los Feliz home's dining room. By October 2000, he moved to a 1,200-square-foot storefront on Vermont Avenue, in a strip mall just north of Hollywood...

  • Activists Strategize on Hotel Contracts

    By Bobbi Murray

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The gala dinner was like many others at the Century Plaza Hotel, featuring festive centerpieces atop crisp tablecloths, well-dressed guests exchanging greetings and servers bustling about offering trays of beverages.

    However, this event wasn't actually inside the hotel. Set in front...

  • Books - ‘Love’ Tries to Solve Mystery of the Heart

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The History of Love" By Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton, $23.95).

    "The History of Love" is the name of a book within Nicole Krauss's remarkable new novel of the same name, "The History of Love" (Norton). The inner novel has had a life of its own, written in Yiddish in Poland and thought...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    This month's Political Journal is a tale of two labor disputes. One is dragging on and on; the other has come to a peaceful conclusion just when it seemed there might be a strike ahead.

    Hotels Battle Continues

    A protracted 11-month debacle continues between UNITE HERE, Local 11,...

  • Your Letters

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Wage Woes

    I was deeply disturbed to read Marc Ballon's article on "Low Wages Force Workers to Struggle" (Jan. 2). Where is the outcry from the community?

    The Jewish Federation should establish a blue-ribbon committee to look into this serious matter. It should be composed of lay...

  • Abel Salgado Keeps the Challah Coming

    By Gustavo Arellano

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Forty years after he first put on a white apron, Abel Salgado remains an anomaly in the Jewish bakery world, but not for reasons one might expect. Sure, when he joined Local 453 of the Hebrew Master Bakers and Confectioners Union in 1963, the Chihuahua native was maybe the second or...

  • Protest for Labor Rights

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For the past four years, the predominantly Latino hospitality and housing employees at the University of Southern California have been fighting for a written guarantee of job security. Now, union leaders representing the workers have turned to Jewish leaders to support what they...
  • ‘They Should Leave as Soon as Possible’

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    What can be done to help Russian Jewry? Loads, according to Simon Frumkin. He should know.

    The road to liberating Russian Jews has been a long and tortured process, and few people know this more than Frumkin, who has spent decades battling to facilitate Jewish flight from Russia....

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