The Latest: Minimum wage bill advances in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activities at the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):
A proposal to increase the statewide minimum wage in New Mexico from $7.50 an hour gradually to $12 in 2021 has received its first committee endorsement.
The bill advanced Tuesday out of a House panel on labor issues on a 6-3 vote with only Democrats voting in support. It has yet to come to a floor vote in either chamber of the Legislature.
FORESTVILLE, Md. (AP) — Members of the Washington Metro's largest union have voted overwhelmingly to authorize their leader to call for a strike amid an extended labor dispute.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 President Jackie L. Jeter tells news outlets 94 percent of voters approved the potential strike Sunday, though union leaders have not said whether they'll proceed or when it might take place.
MOSCOW (AP) — Workers and activists around the world marked May Day on Tuesday with rallies and other events to press their governments to address labor issues.
International Workers' Day is a public holiday in many countries, though activities are restricted in some places, sometimes leading to confrontations.
Correction: Ferry Service-Labor Issues story
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — In a story Nov. 18 about a group's report about the state ferry system, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the organization. It is the Southeast Conference, not the Southwest Conference.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Report: Management, labor issues complicate ferry service
Oakland workers strike ahead of mayor’s speech
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Building inspectors, sewer workers, librarians and street cleaners were among some 2,000 city workers in Oakland who walked off their jobs in a one-day strike as part of an ongoing contract dispute.
Illinois temporary visa workers help fill gaps
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 1,800 temporary work visas have been certified in Illinois so far this fiscal year.
Most of the Illinois visas went to labor-intensive fruit and vegetable farms, the Chicago Tribune reported. There's no cap on the number of visas that can be issued.
Security workers at Barcelona airport plan 24-hour strike
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Workers handling carry-on baggage checks at Barcelona's airport plan to go on a 24-hour strike at midnight Monday after an effort to prevent more chaos at the busy airport fell through.
Catalonia's regional chief for labor issues, Dolors Bassa, said the security workers voted down the final proposal from their private company on Sunday.
Bassa, who acted as mediator in the conflict, says the sticking point is the workers' demand for higher wages.
Contract would raise pay for Mesa pilots, who fly local United Express flights
Mesa Airlines, which operates United Express flights in Houston, is one step closer to resolving its tense labor issues.
The Phoenix-based airline recently reached a tentative agreement with the pilots union. Its members, including about 350 based in Houston, will vote on the contract between June 26 and July 12.
Greitens picks Missouri labor department director
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens is tapping the Illinois Department of Labor director to head Missouri's labor agency.
The Republican on Thursday announced his pick of Anna Hui to oversee labor issues and workers' rights in Missouri. She served as assistant labor director in Illinois until Gov. Bruce Rauner in February picked her to lead the agency.
If confirmed by the Senate, Greitens says Hui would be Missouri's first Asian American cabinet member.
Iowa GOP’s public sector union bill similar to Wisconsin
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A plan by Republican lawmakers in Iowa to quickly pass a bill that would drastically cut collective bargaining rights for public workers has several similarities to Wisconsin's signature 2011 law that led to massive protests in that state.
The 68-page bill by Iowa GOP lawmakers cleared some procedural votes Wednesday in the state House and Senate. Full chamber debate could happen as early as Monday, less than a week after the legislation was introduced to the public.