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.
Workers’ rights are a 2020 campaign focus this weekend
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.
California subcontractor ordered to pay $12M for wage theft
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.
The Latest: May says Brexit won’t see workers’ rights cut
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.
UK leader in frantic final push to win Brexit deal backing
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’ is intriguing debut by Jess Montgomery
"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.
Hungary: Unions call for strike, protests over labor law
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.
Senate Democrats see role for Congress in curbing harassment
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.
Lawmakers revisit worker protections for off duty pot use
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.
Hungary sees 4th day of protests over overtime, other issues
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.
Thugs break up Mexico union vote despite new trade pact
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.
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Sanders Institute to host conference of like-minded thinkers
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.
The Latest: About 1,000 at Google San Francisco protest
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.
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.
UK Labour opposition party vows to reject May’s Brexit deal
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."
Sex workers knock on doors for political candidate
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.
Tufts dining hall workers decide to join union
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.
A U.S. Supreme Court case that will decide the constitutionality of compulsory union dues has drawn strong sentiments on both sides of the union divide. At the heart of this debate is how one defines government workers' rights.
Pennsylvania is one of 22 states where unions for government workers negotiate for members and non-members. Those who opt out of union membership nevertheless must pay a union fair-share fee as a condition of employment.
Dems Rally with Unions As High Court Hears Pivotal Case
By Katie Lannan
State House News Service
BOSTON -- Blasting a Supreme Court case challenging union fees as an attack on the right to organize, labor leaders and elected officials on Monday gathered at the Boston Fire Department headquarters to pledge to continue to promote workers' rights.
I don't send in an article as a teaching moment very often but I would like to today on MLK Day.
He is and was known for civil rights but there were two other causes that he championed. His last was the opposition to the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968 which caused many African Americans to turn their backs on him. But history has proven his approach to it as the best policy that should have been followed!
SEATTLE -- It is protected by Washington state's lopsidedly Democratic political class, which knows who butters its bread. It has been provided with bespoke law, tailored for its comfort. Nevertheless, the Service Employees International Union has been so avaricious in its objectives and so thuggish in its methods that it has been bested by the Freedom Foundation.
New Mexico agrees to strengthen wage-theft enforcement
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.
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin is joining forces with Houston's Rothko Chapel to host the third annual "Frances Tarlton 'Sissy' Farenthold Endowed Lecture in Peace, Social Justice, and Human Rights."
The event is slated for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Eidman Courtroom, Texas Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton St in Austin, 78705.
Supreme Court term begins with case of workers’ rights
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.
Hundreds march on Labor Day in Providence
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.
US Sen. Bernie Sanders to give Labor Day talks in NH and Vt.
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.
It's not easy being blue. Make that, blue collar.
Brett Voorhies, president of the state's AFL-CIO chapter, said fighting for workers' rights is an uphill battle in Indiana.
"We all know we're getting our ass kicked every single day," he said, citing Fort Wayne's decision to rescind city workers' collective bargaining rights as an example.
French leader presses labor rules in central Europe tour
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.
FOG celebrates 30 years of healthful food
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dealing with social justice issues associated with organic farming has been at the core of Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers of Gainesville's work since the group's creation.
Known as FOG, the nonprofit this month will celebrate 30 years of fighting for organic farmers, farm workers' rights and for people on the lower rung of the economic ladder to have access to healthy food.
Both the Gainesville and Alachua County commissions declared July FOG Month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved broad legislation Tuesday to make firing employees easier for the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs, part of an accountability effort urged by President Donald Trump following years of high-profile problems.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate's vote on a VA accountability bill (all times local):
The Senate has passed legislation to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire its employees. It's an effort touted by President Donald Trump to hold the VA accountable after years of problems.
The measure passed by voice vote.
The bipartisan bill would lower the burden of proof required to dismiss VA employees.
BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Robert Massie has officially entered the race for governor in Massachusetts, telling supporters at a campaign kickoff event that he would fight to improve education, protect workers' rights and find solutions for climate change.
Massie is a longtime environmental activist who has been involved in state politics before. He was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 1994 and briefly ran for the U.S. Senate in 2011.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday condemned the actions of protesters after more than two dozen people were arrested a day earlier during a May Day march that turned violent.
The violence and vandalism in Portland and several other Pacific Northwest cities stood out amid largely peaceful marches elsewhere in the U.S. to honor immigrants and support workers' rights.
PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of activists and immigrants marched from the Arizona Capitol to a jail a little over a mile away in support of immigrants and workers' rights on May Day.
Chants of "shut down ICE" erupted as the marchers, led behind a black and white banner depicting Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and the words "END THE CULTURE OF ARPAIO NOW!" flooded the streets.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Hundreds of workers, business owners and families have rallied in five Connecticut cities to support immigrants' rights.
Monday's "Day Without Immigrants" event in Stamford, Danbury, Bridgeport and New Haven was among similar demonstrations held across the country to mark May Day, a traditional day for workers' rights demonstrations.
Some immigrant-owned businesses shut down for the day as part of the protest.
They chanted each other’s slogans, raised each other’s banners, embraced each other’s causes as their own.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on the workers' rights, immigration rally in Milwaukee (all times local):
A couple thousand demonstrators from around Wisconsin marched from Milwaukee's predominantly Hispanic south side to the downtown courthouse, joining their counterparts around the country and world in a May Day support for labor and immigrant rights.