Assaulted Uber Driver Edward Caban Quits New Job and is Moving Out of State: Update

Edward Caban's last Uber drive.
UPDATE NO. 5, NOV. 9, 10:21 A.M.: Edward Caban quit his job with Uber to begin a new driving job because he was so distraught over his violent Oct. 30 encounter with customer Benjamin Allen Golden. But Caban remains so distraught that he has reportedly quit his new job and is moving out of state.

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Another Day, Another Strike by Truck Drivers at the Port of Long Beach

Categories: Labor, Long Beach

Fidel Gonzalez, who drives for XPO Logistics, shares his grievances.
One wonders if there is a lonely crate of widgets at the Port of Long Beach that's been waiting to get picked up all year given all the labor unrest there this year.

Oh yeah, if it's Tuesday it must be another strike--what is that, three this year alone?--by truckers who haul stuff to and from cargo ships at one of the busiest ports in the country.

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Rancho Santa Margarita Ranked Third Best City in California to Find a Job

Photo by flickr user Joel Duggan
There's apparently a job at the end of this Rancho Santa Margarita rainbow.
Of all 58 California counties, only Marin, San Mateo and San Francisco bettered Orange County's 4.0 unemployment rate in September, according to state employment data, yet when it comes to individual cities only two in the state are better when it comes to finding jobs than Rancho Santa Margarita, at least according to one source's calculations.

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Healthcare Workers at Chapman Global Medical Center Vote to Join SEIU-UHW

Categories: Labor

courtesy of SEIU-UHW
Healthcare workers give a thumbs up to unionizing

In a surprisingly quick campaign, hundreds of healthcare workers at Chapman Global Medical Center in Orange decided to unionize. The vote to join the Service Employee International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) passed Tuesday by a dominating three-to-one margin. Two-hundred and twenty nurses, cooks, medical records clerks, janitors and others will now experience the benefits of being in a union.

"I'm excited in having a role," says Britney Perez, an emergency room admitting representative. "The goal is just make it a better workplace for everybody and making Chapman the best that it can be."

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Once-Forgotten Citrus War Remembered with Labor Day Unveiling of Monument to Workers

Illustration by Bob Aul/OC Weekly
This means citrus war!
The thrust of the Mexican-in-Chief's 2006--and, if memory serves--award-winning--cover story "Gunkist Oranges" was that few had heard of the historic Citrus War on 1936 in Orange County. A Labor Day celebration and memorial unveiling in Costa Mesa aims to keep us and future generations from forgetting.

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Re-living the Great Disneyland Cast Member Strike of September 1984

This week's feature story, "David Koenig Has Exposed the Disneyland Secrets Mickey Doesn't Want You to Know About," mentions how much the September 1984 strike by cast members was a gut punch to employee morale, resulting in many of the stories that turn up in the author's books.

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Kindred Hospital Westminster Nurses Set to Strike Over Conditions, Not Heebie-Jeebies

Matt Coker/OC Weekly
This little electric car is blocking Kindred Hospital Westminster.
Before my father-in-law passed away recently, he spent several months at Kindred Hospital Westminster, where he was under the care of several amazing nurses. However, he would not be surprised to learn some of those nurses plan to hold a one-day strike on Sept. 3, having once remarked, "This place gives me the heebie-jeebies."

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Hotel Workers at Garden Grove's Hyatt Regency to Rally for Rights

Categories: Labor

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Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove

Heading into Fourth of July weekend, Hyatt Regency hotel workers in Garden Grove want more freedom on the job. A rally is planned this afternoon on the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue bringing together union allies and community members in support.

"The working conditions are very unjust," Hyatt Regency banquet worker Maricela Perez tells the Weekly in Spanish. "There's no respect of the majority of the workers."

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Hyundai Motors America in Fountain Valley Gets Unwelcome Visit by United Auto Workers

Categories: Labor, Ride Me

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Hyundai USA headquarters in Fountain Valley
About 30 United Auto Workers members and supporters marched to Hyundai's North American headquarters in Fountain Valley as their comrades hit 23 dealerships around the country Thursday to deliver a letter addressed to President and CEO David Zuchowski that accuses the South Korean automaker of providing low wages and unsafe work conditions.

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Justice for Janitors Rallies in Irvine at NOON to Mark 25th Anniversary of Defining Protest

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Cops join Justice for Janitor ralliers outside South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on June 5, 2008.
Let us take a look back to the heady days of spring 2000. Just about every social movement arrives in Orange County last, and so it was with Justice for Janitors, which had begun in the late 1980s before our very own version launched on March 31, 2000, with a rally on the sidewalk in front of the Taco Bell corporate headquarters in downtown Irvine. Indeed, the teenagers who now live on Taco Bell ... ahem ... food may not even get the joke inspired by a long gone ad campaign in the headline over Nick Schou's coverage of the blessed event:

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