Kevin Smith, Pasadena Star News

Kevin Smith

Pasadena Star News

Southern California, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Kevin:

California economy: A soft landing, or a mild recession?

Recent layoffs at such tech giants as Twitter, Google and Salesforce will obviously skew numbers in the technology sector, but that data is not yet reflected in the report. → Read More

Coalition gathers signatures to stall fast-food labor law

Fast-food workers and union members say corporations and billionaires can buy their way onto the ballot by using unlimited amounts of money. → Read More

Workers at Tarzana medical center vote yes on strike

Caregivers say many of the concerns they’ve raised at the bargaining table have not been resolved. As contract negotiations enter their sixth month, workers say they may have no other option … → Read More

Fountain Valley Regional Hospital nurses OK contract boosting wages up to 41%

The three-year agreement also includes measures to address severe understaffing. → Read More

Cedars-Sinai workers rally for higher wages, increased staffing

The 400 workers — including surgical technicians, dietitians, lab assistants, nursing assistants, pharmacists and others — are demanding Cedars boost wages and add more staffing. → Read More

Kaiser nurses at Los Angeles Medical Center approve labor contract

One provision of the contract will ensure nurses get quality personal protective equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including a requirement to maintain a three-month stockpile of needed supplies → Read More

5 things to know about Black Friday shopping — all week

Who’s hitting the mall and keyboards? says 53% of Americans are shopping pre-holiday sales in addition to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. → Read More

Southern California Starbucks workers walk off the job in ‘Red Cup Rebellion’

The one-day walkout prompted the closure of stores in Anaheim, L.A., Long Beach, Lakewood and Barstow. → Read More

Sprouts Farmers Market opening this week in Fountain Valley

From Friday through Sunday, customers who text “FOUNTAIN” to 777-688 will receive 20% off their purchase when they scan their account barcode at checkout. → Read More

Workers protest Stop AB 257 at Chipotle, Del Taco and El Pollo Loco HQs

About 200 people gathered Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Chipotle Mexican Grill headquarters in Newport Beach. Other stops on the protest route included the headquarters for Del Taco in Lake Forest and El… → Read More

UCLA doctors to hold ‘Unity Break’ for fair wages, benefits

Doctors at UC facilities in Los Los Angeles and the Bay area are negotiating for a larger housing stipend so they can afford to live close enough to get to the hospital during emergencies and for o… → Read More

Fast-food workers to stage protest over opposition to new labor law

A report from the UC Berkeley Labor Center shows that people working fast-food jobs are more likely to live in or near poverty. → Read More

Food banks for Fido? Pet owners feeling inflation’s squeeze, too – San Bernardino Sun

The survey also shows that 35% of pet owners have reduced pet-grooming visits, 46% have had to delay or forego veterinary procedures or treatments for their pet and 22% have appli… → Read More

Medieval Times workers vote to join American Guild of Variety Artists

In a 27-18 vote Thursday, Nov. 11, the majority of workers opted to join the union, which has vowed to get wages boosted and improve working conditions at the Buena Park dinner theater. → Read More

Northridge Lumber selling its business to Ganahl Lumber in Anaheim

Ganahl plans to retain all of the 20-plus Northridge Lumber workers when the sale is finalized. → Read More

Employer challenges North Hollywood strippers’ vote to unionize

Actors’ Equity, which represents more than 51,000 actors and stage managers in live entertainment, filed a union petition with the National Labor Relations Board in August and the board condu… → Read More

Medieval Times employees set to vote on unionizing

The NLRB’s decision means the bargaining unit will consist of all full- and part-time employees within the knights, squires, show cast and stables departments. → Read More

Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana employees to stage picket

The 700 employees are represented by SEIU Local 121RN and have been in negotiations with the hospital since June; their contract expired Sept. 30. → Read More

Terran Orbital will use $100M from Lockheed to expand Irvine aerospace hub

The two aerospace firms also entered into an agreement running through 2035 that will allow Terran to pursue a wider variety of opportunities with Lockheed. → Read More

Yaamava Resort & Casino to hire hundreds of workers

Job seekers who attend Friday’s hiring event can meet with recruiters, learn about various positions, interview with hiring managers and may receive on-the-spot job offers. → Read More