Nearly seven of every 10 Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies called in sick for a second day; state white-collar workers in New Jersey again defied a judge's back-to-work order, and Westinghouse was faced with a major strike after a fourth union rejected a contract offer.
California authorities said 68 percent of Los Angeles County's 4,000 deputies and 20 percent of its 17,600 clerks and secretaries did not show up for work on the second day for a two-day "sickout" over stalled contract negotiations.
Officials obtained a court injunction ordering deputies back to work by 9 p.m., California time, but the judge declined to extend the order to cover other employees.
In New Jersey, striking state workers were on picket lines outside state office buildings for the fourth day despite a court's warning that the State Employes Association would face a $25,000-a-day fine if the employes did not go back to work.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers joined three other big unions who have rejected Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s latest contract offer. The Coordinated Bargaining Committee, which represents 49,000 of the company's 60,000 union workers, said the action opens the way for a strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday.