Labor unions voice support for Colstrip bill
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Labor unions lined up deep Tuesday in support of a Republican bill they hoped would save Colstrip Power Plant, while consumer advocates warned of a boondoggle that would...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill is headed to the governor that would prohibit local governments from enacting right-to-work ordinances that prevent employees from being required to join a union or...
Missouri judge blocks new restrictions on unions
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge on Friday temporarily blocked additional restrictions on public unions from taking effect, as a legal challenge to the new law plays out in...
NY Gov. Cuomo travels to Florida for labor meeting
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making a rare out-of-state trip to Florida to attend a labor union convention.
Cuomo, a Democrat, is attending the winter conference of the...
W.Va. judge strikes down key portions of right-to-work law
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday sided with labor unions in striking down key portions of West Virginia's so-called right-to-work law, including those that allowed workers to stop...
Brown pledges to be most pro-union 2020 candidate if he runs
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Sherrod Brown brought a pro-worker message Saturday to Las Vegas casino workers who are members of what's considered Nevada's most powerful labor union, declaring that if...
The Latest: New Mexico may block right-to-work ordinances
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activity in the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):
The Latest: Wisconsin Democrats sue over lame-duck law
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on labor unions' lawsuit challenging Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck law (all times local):
Community groups call for more scrutiny on Amazon deal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Community organizers, labor unions and a Seattle councilperson say Nashville's deal with Amazon to build a downtown operations hub needs better scrutiny.
During a town hall meeting on Friday, leaders discussed what the company's proposed project could mean for the city.
Seattle Councilwoman Teresa Mosqueda warned income inequality and lack of affordable housing has skyrocketed since Amazon launched its Seattle headquarters.
Labor union: Congressman had racist book displayed in office
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal labor union says some of its members found what it called a "racist book open and on display" in a Republican Georgia congressman's Washington office.
The American Federation of Government Employees said in a news release that its members were visiting the offices of U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson on Monday when a political coordinator for the union says he saw the book "Gen. Robert Edward Lee: Soldier, Citizen, and Christian Patriot" in the lobby of the office.
Proposal would lower union campaign contribution limit
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts campaign finance regulators are considering lowering the amount a labor union can contribute to a political candidate.
Unions can currently donate up to $15,000 to a candidate annually. The Office of Campaign and Political Finance wants to lower that to $1,000.
That would match the amount that an individual can contribute per year. The move would also limit annual contributions to a political action committee at $500 and to a political party at $5,000.
Unions, senator file 3rd lame-duck lawsuit in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A coalition of labor unions and a Democratic lawmaker filed another lawsuit Monday challenging last-minute measures Wisconsin Republicans approved last year to weaken the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, arguing the new laws are illegal and place an "incalculable" financial burden on taxpayers.
Hamburg Airport staff strike forces flight cancellations
BERLIN (AP) — A strike by the ground staff at Germany's Hamburg Airport has caused the cancellation of more than 50 flights.
The ver.di labor union called ground staff out on a one-day strike starting at 3 a.m. Monday. The walkout was announced Sunday evening.
The airport said airlines had canceled 58 of the day's scheduled 388 departures and arrivals at the airport in northern Germany by Monday morning. It said further cancellations and delays couldn't be ruled out.
Union calls ground staff strike Monday at Hamburg Airport
BERLIN (AP) — A labor union in Germany has called on ground staff at Hamburg Airport to walk off the job on Monday over a pay dispute.
German news agency dpa reported that the ver.di union said the strike would begin at 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) and last all day. The international airport said delays and cancelations should be expected, but further details weren't immediately available Sunday night.
New Mexico bill would prohibit right-to-work ordinances
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in New Mexico are supporting a measure that would prohibit local governments from enacting right-to-work ordinances, arguing that the state should have exclusive jurisdiction over the issue.
After an hours-long hearing Tuesday, a House panel voted 6-3 along party lines to advance the legislation .
Elizabeth Warren rallying with airport workers on MLK Day
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to rally with Boston airport workers to highlight the federal government shutdown and other concerns.
The Democrat, who is weighing a run for president, will join labor union leaders, workers and other elected officials Monday at Logan Airport's international terminal.
Organizers say they'll call for President Donald Trump to end the shutdown that's impacting Transportation Security Administration agents and flight traffic controllers.
Socialist lawmaker wants to repeal right-to-work law
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly's self-described socialist member is sponsoring legislation to repeal the state's right-to-work law, which says employees can't be forced to join a labor union.
Del. Lee Carter, a democratic socialist inspired by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, has filed House Bill 1806, which could force workers in Virginia to become union members and pay union dues as a condition of their employment.
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2 state workers seek payback of union fees in lawsuit
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two New Hampshire state workers have filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against the union representing state employees, seeking reimbursement of obligatory union fees.
Patrick Doughty and Randy Severance, who are not union members, sued the State Employees' Association of New Hampshire, SEIU Local 1984, on Monday. They asked a judge to order union officials to refund fees taken from their wages and other New Hampshire public employees.
GOP: FBI should review conflict between Baker, unions
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The leader of the Missouri Republican party says the FBI should review a standoff between Kansas City area labor unions and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, who is chairwoman of the state Democratic party.
Baker and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 42 are in a standoff over contract negotiations. The union represents assistant prosecutors in Baker's office.
Planned strike expands to Frankfurt, other German airports
BERLIN (AP) — A German labor union has expanded a planned strike by security staff at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday to include several other airports, including Hamburg.
News agency dpa reported that the ver.di union on Sunday announced the one-day walkout at Hamburg, two days after calling the strike at Frankfurt, Germany's busiest hub.
Walkouts are also expected Tuesday at the smaller Hannover, Bremen, Leipzig-Halle, Dresden and Erfurt airports.
Security staff to stage strike at Germany’s biggest airport
BERLIN (AP) — A German labor union is calling on security staff at Frankfurt airport to go on strike next week in a dispute over pay.
The ver.di union said Friday that workers should walk out at Germany's biggest airport between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. (0100-1900 GMT) Tuesday.
The union said it couldn't rule out other airports being affected by walkouts.
Ver.di said it is still waiting for employers to put forward a negotiable offer for around 23,000 security staff.
Union calls strike by security staff at 3 German airports
BERLIN (AP) — A German labor union is calling on security staff at three German airports to stage a strike Thursday amid ongoing pay negotiations.
The ver.di union said Wednesday that it's urging workers to join a one-day walkout that is likely to cause disruptions for airline passengers.
The strike will affect airports in Duesseldorf, Koeln-Bonn and Stuttgart.
Broadway actors’ union strikes over developmental labs
NEW YORK (AP) — The labor union representing theatrical performers is demanding that its members no longer participate in any developmental stage work with commercial producers, putting Broadway's pipeline of new musicals and plays under threat.
Union calls strike by security staff at Berlin airports
BERLIN (AP) — A German labor union is calling on security staff at Berlin's two airports to stage a strike Monday amid ongoing pay negotiations.
The ver.di union said Saturday it's urging workers to join a four-hour walkout starting at 5 a.m. (0400 GMT) that is likely to cause disruptions for airline passengers.
The strike will affect both the capital's Tegel and Schoenefeld airports.
Sisolak pledges to hire diverse administration as governor
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gov.-elect Steve Sisolak pledged Friday to install a diverse group of people in his administration that reflects all of Nevada.
"It's not going to be bunch of old white guys with gray hair like me," the Democrat said.
His remarks were met with applause and cheers by labor union supporters, including many people of color and women, who attended a celebration for Sisolak at a labor hall for theatrical stage workers in Las Vegas.
Parts of Lebanon go on strike to protest economic conditions
BEIRUT (AP) — Parts of Lebanon's public and private sectors have gone on strike called for by the country's labor unions to protest worsening economic conditions and months of delay in the formation of a new government.
Friday's strike was called for this week by the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers, with the backing of the new cross-sectarian Sabaa Party.
No deal yet to end six-month National Grid lockout
BOSTON (AP) — National Grid and labor union officials say they have been in "productive" negotiations for days but have not reached an agreement to end a monthslong lockout in Massachusetts.
The utility company and the United Steelworkers union said in a joint statement issued Saturday they were in talks all day Friday before National Grid presented the union with a revised offer at 11:30 p.m.
Hillsboro man embezzled more than $32K as union president
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The former president of a St. Helens-based manufacture's labor union has pleaded guilty to concealing or destroying the union's financial records, particularly receipts of union purchases he made for his personal gain.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 43-year-old John Burgess of Hillsboro entered the pleas Thursday.
Member of Mishawaka council picked for state House seat
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A member of the Mishawaka Common Council has been selected to replace a South Bend lawmaker who resigned from the Indiana House to take a job with a labor union.
German railway workers’ union calls strike over pay
BERLIN (AP) — A labor union representing German railway workers is calling on its members to go on strike Monday after failing to reach a deal on pay.
The EVG union said Sunday that employees of Deutsche Bahn, the country's biggest rail company, will stage a four-hour walkout on the morning of Dec. 10.
Labor strikes are a common tactic during wage negotiations in Germany.
Spaniard convicted for 5 killings arrested in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Spanish man convicted for the 1977 killing of five leftist lawyers in a Madrid trade union office has been taken into custody in Brazil's biggest city, police said Friday.
The head of the Federal Police in Sao Paulo, Disney Rosseti, said at a press conference that Carlos Garcia Julia was arrested Thursday as he was walking down a street in a middle-class neighborhood.
Argentine groups protest acquittal in girl’s death
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Thousands turned out Wednesday to join feminist groups and labor unions protesting a court ruling that acquitted two men accused of sexually abusing and killing a 16-year-old girl.
The groups organizing the protests in several cities are part of "Ni Una Menos," which is an Argentine grassroots movement that has mobilized to fight violence against women and has spread globally.
South Bend Democrat resigns from Legislature
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A South Bend lawmaker is resigning from the Indiana House to take a job with a labor union.
Democratic Rep. Joe Taylor said in a statement Monday that he is stepping down immediately to take a position with the United Auto Workers International Union. He was first elected in 2016.
Taylor said his new job will take his "full attention" and may require him to move out of the state.
Transport disruptions hit Greece as union protests cutbacks
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Train and island ferry services in Greece were suspended Wednesday and most Athens public transport was idle as the country's biggest labor union held a strike against persisting austerity measures.
The transport shutdown prompted Athenians to drive to work, causing major traffic jams in the capital whose center was shut down by two separate strike-related protest marches.
Police said that about 7,000 people in total took part in the peaceful demonstrations to parliament.
24-hour Greek media blackout ahead of broader strike action
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek journalists walked off work for 24 hours Tuesday ahead of a broader nationwide strike that is expected to cripple transport services as austerity-weary labor unions press for salary and pension raises and tax cuts.
No news programs were being broadcast on TV and radio, while newspapers will not be printed on Wednesday, the day of the strike called by GSEE, the country's biggest labor union.
Union clings to GM plant in area where Trump promised jobs
One of the last industrial anchors in what was once Ohio's manufacturing core is now on life support, just a little over a year after President Donald Trump told people not to leave and promised jobs would return to the area.
Top spending Massachusetts PACs linked with labor unions
BOSTON (AP) — Eight of the top ten Massachusetts political action committees that spent thousands in the months leading up to Election Day were representing the interests of labor unions.
The top-spending PAC from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 was the 1199 SEIU MA PAC, associated with the union representing tens of thousands of health care workers throughout the state. The union reported spending more than $428,000 according to the state Office and Campaign and Political Finance.
Union: Workers ratify contract, end Boston hotel strike
BOSTON (AP) — A labor union says a 45-day strike by Marriott hotel workers in Boston is over after workers ratified a new contract agreement.
The Unite Here Local 26 union announced Saturday that workers approved the deal during an afternoon vote. Details were not released, but union officials say the contract addresses wages, job security and other issues.
A Marriott International spokeswoman confirmed the agreement and said Marriott officials look forward to welcoming workers back.
Democrats win US Senate, governor in Nevada ‘blue wave’
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Democratic "blue wave" hit up and down the ballot in Nevada on Tuesday, toppling an incumbent Republican U.S. senator, keeping two open U.S. House seats in the Democratic column and giving the party its first Nevada governor in two decades.
The wins in the battleground state fueled by powerfully organized labor unions and backlash to President Donald Trump also kept the state Legislature in Democratic hands.
Home care aide claims union won’t let her cancel membership
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California mother who cares for her disabled daughter sued a union representing home health care workers, claiming the group won't let her cancel her membership.
Delores Polk said in the lawsuit filed Thursday in Sacramento federal court that a telemarketer with the Service Employees International Union pressured her to join and failed to properly inform her that she could decline membership.
Pelletier resigning as AFL-CIO leader to take new job
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lori Pelletier is resigning as leader of Connecticut's largest labor federation to take a job in Washington, D.C.
The Connecticut AFL-CIO president announced Wednesday she'll leave Nov. 30 to work with American Income Life, an insurance company that offers insurance products to labor unions and credit unions. She will serve as vice president and executive director of the company's labor advisory board.
Court rules against Rauner in AFSCME contract dispute
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appellate court has ruled that a state labor board erred when it declared that Gov. Bruce Rauner's negotiations with a state labor union were at a standstill.
The ruling Tuesday by the Fourth District Appellate Court sends the issue back to the Illinois State Labor Relations Board.
2 lawsuits in Ohio follow Supreme Court ruling on union fees
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled government workers can't be required to contribute to labor unions representing them, a group that helped successfully argue that case has filed two related federal lawsuits on behalf of some government employees in Ohio.
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation says they're aimed at enforcing public employees' rights under the ruling.
Unions call for Dutch probe into Ikea labor policies
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of unions is calling on the Dutch government to investigate Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea over allegations three of its stores in the United States, Ireland and Portugal have infringed workers' rights.
The unions allege Ikea management has "sophisticated strategies to keep workers from joining or establishing labor unions," in breach of guidelines laid out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Argentina’s unions stage nationwide strike to protest crisis
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Unions called a nationwide strike Tuesday to protest Argentina's economic crisis, and walkouts grounded airline flights, paralyzed bus and train lines and forced the closure of the main agricultural port.
Police union says president related to officer in shooting
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee police labor union says its president is related to one of the officers involved in a shooting that left a black man in critical condition.
Walker attacks Evers over union ties as McAuliffe joins fray
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is attacking his Democratic opponent over his support from labor unions, the day after a poll showed Tony Evers is slightly ahead in the race.
The Walker tweets against Evers comes as former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was to campaign with Evers in Madison on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Evers was joined in Milwaukee by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Unions rallying and marching in Boston to mark Labor Day
BOSTON (AP) — Unionized workers from across a number of industries are marching in Boston to mark the Labor Day holiday.
Labor unions representing workers in the education, health care, building trades and hospitality industries say they'll rally and march through Copley Square on Monday evening.
Organizers say the march recognizes the achievements of the broader labor movement that the public holiday is meant to celebrate.