BEIRUT (AP) — Long before the pandemic struck, they lived and worked in conditions that rights groups called exploitative — low wages, long hours, no labor law protections.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Police in Istanbul detained at least 15 people, including trade union leaders who tried to stage a May Day march in defiance of coronavirus lockdown rules and a ban on...
NEW YORK (AP) — Before the coronavirus outbreak, furniture deliveries at Sunnyland Outdoor Living meant two employees sitting side-by-side in a truck. Now, one will be driving the truck while the...
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — May Day usually brings both protest rallies and celebrations rallies marking international Labor Day. This year, many in Asia are shut up at home, riding out the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Essential workers will strike nationwide on May Day to demand safer conditions during the coronavirus outbreak, while other groups plan rallies against tight stay-at-home orders...
PARIS (AP) — A French court has ordered Amazon to stop selling, receiving or delivering non-essential goods for the next month to protect its employees from the virus.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A survey of factory owners in Bangladesh found that major fashion retailers that are closing shops and laying off workers in Europe and the U.S. are also canceling their...
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that supporters said would help working families, the Democratic-controlled House has approved a bill that would make it easier for workers to form unions and bargain...
BOSTON (AP) — Workers' rights attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan announced Friday that she is ending her primary challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar abolished exit visa requirements for virtually all migrant workers on Thursday in a move the U.N. labor organization said was a “milestone” in reform...
BOSTON (AP) — With the start of the new year, Democratic political rivals Edward Markey and Joe Kennedy III are ramping up their campaigns with Markey's Senate seat hanging in the balance....
Jaribu Hill didn't opt for law school until her early 40s. She'd been a singer, actress, teacher and labor organizer before learning a college classmate had become head of a group for black female...
BOSTON (AP) — A business executive who spent his childhood in what he calls unstable, cruel and at times violent foster homes announced a primary challenge Tuesday to Democratic Massachusetts U.S....
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The sun hasn't even risen and the clang of metal is reverberating through a gym near Mexico City. On a frantic mission to sculpt his body, Carlos Suárez powers through another...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The windows where scantily clad sex workers stand to attract customers in Amsterdam could be closing for good.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents working for companies like Lyft and Uber would get the rights of employees entitled to a minimum wage and workers compensation under a law the state...
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and Democratic primary challenger Shannon Liss-Riordan are staking out different stances on impeachment following a public statement by special counsel Robert...
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is facing a challenger in next year's Democratic primary in Massachusetts.
Shannon Liss-Riordan, a workers' rights lawyer, announced her intention...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Advancing his anti-abortion agenda, President Donald Trump moved Thursday to protect health care workers who object to procedures like abortion on moral or religious...
SEATTLE (AP) — Marchers and protesters took to the streets for peaceful May Day events in Seattle, Portland, Oregon, and other Northwest cities, largely rallying for workers' and immigrants'...
BERLIN (AP) — Higher salaries, better working conditions, maternity leave, minimum wage and an end to discrimination against temporary or foreign workers: These were among the concerns as hundreds...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Half a dozen Democratic presidential candidates declared unions to be a lifeline for the American middle class and pledged Saturday to strengthen workers' rights to strike and...
WARREN, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has brought his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination to Ohio, focusing on workers' rights among other issues.
DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — The issue of workers' rights is a focus this weekend for some of the Democrats running for president.
At a rally in Warren, Michigan, where General Motors is closing a...
NEW YORK (AP) — A debate over whether New York City should make a pioneering move to require paid vacation has both sides saying: Give me a break.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A construction subcontractor has been ordered to pay nearly $12 million for allegedly cheating more than 1,000 Southern California workers out of minimum wage, overtime and rest breaks.
The state's labor commissioner said Monday that RDV Construction violated workers' rights on 35 construction sites across Los Angeles. Regulators call it California's largest wage-theft case involving private construction.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to win support for her European Union divorce deal by promising that her government won't try to water down environmental standards and workers' rights after Brexit.
The commitment is an attempt to gain backing from opposition Labour Party lawmakers, who suspect the government plans to reduce the protections after Britain leaves the EU.
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May made a frantic last push Monday to swing lawmakers' support behind her seemingly doomed Brexit deal, warning that its defeat risked scuttling the U.K.'s departure from the European Union and "betraying the vote of the British people."
"The Widows: a Novel" (Minotaur), by Jess Montgomery
The atmosphere of an old-fashioned Western permeates this intriguing debut that mixes workers' rights, corruption, Prohibition and women's rights set in the harshly stark Appalachian Ohio coal-mining country during 1925.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Union leaders in Hungary called on Saturday for a national strike and protests on Jan. 19 to oppose labor code changes they see as a "slave law" harmful to workers.
A crowd of at least 10,000 people gathered outside the Hungarian parliament building to protest a law approved in December that allows employers to request up to 400 hours of overtime a year from employees.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats said in a report Wednesday that Congress should take an active role in addressing harassment and discrimination in the American workplace, and cited fear of retaliation as the leading cause for claims going unreported.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers will consider making it illegal for businesses to fire employees who flunk drug tests for using marijuana off the clock, reviving a workers' rights campaign that failed in the statehouse last year.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Several thousand people marched through Hungary's capital Sunday in a fourth day of demonstrations against new laws that critics say restrict workers' rights and undermine democracy.
Protesters chanted anti-government slogans amid sub-zero temperatures outside parliament as speakers denounced revised overtime rules that lawmakers approved Wednesday.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thugs broke up an attempt to certify a new, more independent union at a Finnish-owned automotive wiring plant a day before leaders of the U.S., Mexico and Canada signed a new trade pact requiring Mexico to better protect workers' rights, a union charged Friday.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An institute founded by relatives of Vermont's independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is hosting a conference of like-minded thinkers in Burlington that will focus on issues like health care, the climate and workers' rights.
The three-day conference hosted by the Sanders Institute will be held in Burlington from Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
Some of the people expected to attend include New York Mayor Bill deBlasio, environmentalist Bill McKibben, and Sanders.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Google employee walkout (all times local):
About 1,000 Google workers in San Francisco have swarmed into a plaza in front of the city's historic Ferry Building.
It's part of a worldwide protest employees are staging to complain about Google's handling of sexual-misconduct claims. Other Google protests took place in London, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's main opposition Labour Party announced Tuesday it will reject Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed divorce deal with the European Union if it comes to a vote in Parliament and might even support a new Brexit referendum.
The party's chief Brexit spokesman accused May's government of offering the country a choice between "really bad and even worse."
NEW YORK (AP) — When a 41-year-old escort who goes by the name Lana Marciano went from apartment to apartment in Brooklyn as part of a push for sex workers' rights, she seemed pleased that no one slammed a door in her face.
Marciano was among 35 sex workers and their allies who recently campaigned for a legislative candidate seeking to decriminalize prostitution, the latest example of activism in a community that includes escorts, adult film stars, strippers and phone sex operators.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the ratification of a contract covering unionized workers of Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas (all times local):
Twelve-thousand unionized workers at the casino-resorts operated by Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas have a new contract.
Housekeepers, food servers, bartenders, cooks and other members of the Culinary Union on Thursday approved the new five-year agreement in two voting sessions.
PARIS (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron have discussed a renewed economic partnership to boost growth, jobs and investments in their two countries.
In a joint news conference in Paris, Trudeau praised the "benefits" of a trade deal between Canada and the European Union that came largely into effect last September.
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A group of dining hall workers at Tufts University announced Tuesday that they are joining a labor union.
A delegation went to the offices of university administration to present a photo petition of workers holding a banner with signatures pledging to unionize. They said they are joining UNITE HERE Local 26 and demanded that the university recognize the union.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legal settlement has been reached to shore up New Mexico's enforcement of laws against wage theft by employers who fail to pay or fully pay workers, a coalition of workers' rights groups announced on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court opened a high-profile term Monday with a case about employees' rights that could affect an estimated 25 million workers.
Justice Neil Gorsuch, in his first full term on the bench, was silent during an otherwise lively argument in which the justices seemed closely divided.
The case is of considerable importance to employers and their workers because it involves how employees can complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several hundred people marched through Providence on Labor Day to protest racism and promote workers' rights.
The Providence Journal reports that more than 350 participated in the march to the State House on Monday afternoon.
Groups that organized the event include Jobs with Justice, Teamsters Local 251 and the Providence chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to be giving Labor Day speeches in New Hampshire and in his home state of Vermont.
On Monday morning Sanders is scheduled to speak at a breakfast hosted by the New Hampshire AFL-CIO in Manchester and then head to Concord for a rally hosted by the group Rights and Democracy New Hampshire.
In those rallies he's expected to focus on workers' rights and raising the minimum wage.
BERLIN (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday pushed for tighter European Union rules to protect workers in France and other prosperous countries in Western Europe from cheaper labor stemming from the continent's eastern nations, so-called "posted workers."
Macron said after meeting Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern in Salzburg that France and Austria "have the exact same views on this issue."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a new member of the National Labor Relations Board.
Lawyer Marvin Kaplan — a onetime Republican congressional aide — joins the five-member board, and he's moving it closer to a GOP majority.
The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Kaplan by a 50-48 party-line vote on Wednesday.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With a union election scheduled this week, the National Labor Relations Board is newly charging that Nissan Motor Co. violated workers' rights at its Mississippi plant by engaging in anti-union activity.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Union workers at more than 50 mines in Peru have gone on strike to protest parts of a labor reform that they say will harm workers' rights.
Ricardo Juarez is leader of a national federation of miners. He says the strike is "indefinite" and 90 percent of unions have joined.
Juarez argued that laws approved by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski would make it easier for mass layoffs and weaken inspection bodies.