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Locked Up: The prison labor that built business empires

Sep. 22, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

More than 150 years ago, a prison complex known as the Lone Rock stockade operated at one of the biggest coal mines in Tennessee. It was powered largely by African American men who had been arrested for minor offenses — like stealing a hog — if they committed any crime at all....

BNSF: Rail accident victims should have to use arbitration

Sep. 22, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

BNSF Railway Co. has asked a federal court to require victims of a deadly Amtrak crash in Missouri to pursue settlements through arbitration, rather than lawsuits. BNSF owns the railroad tracks used by Amtrak when a Southwest Chief train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago collided...

Today in History: September 22, Cy Young's last win

Sep. 22, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2022. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 3:20 p.m. EDT. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation...

Home Depot workers petition to form 1st store-wide union

Sep. 21, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot workers in Philadelphia have filed a petition with the federal labor board to form what could be the first store-wide union at the world's largest home improvement retailer. The petition, filed with the National Labor Relations Board this...

Deal that prevented rail strike still needs worker support

Sep. 21, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A last-minute deal prevented a railroad strike for now, but many rail workers remain unhappy with working conditions, including some who protested outside their workplaces Wednesday ahead of votes to approve the new contracts. Handfuls of workers gathered outside...

Strong quake kills 1, knocks house, derails train in Taiwan

Sep. 19, 2022 03:22 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A strong earthquake shook much of Taiwan on Sunday, toppling a three-story building and temporarily trapping four people inside, stranding about 400 tourists on a mountainside, and knocking part of a passenger train off its tracks. One person died and nine...

Tentative labor deal averts threat of nationwide rail strike

Sep. 15, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rail companies and their workers reached a tentative agreement Thursday to avert a nationwide strike that could have shut down the nation's freight trains and devastated the economy less than two months before the midterm elections. President Joe Biden announced...

From carmakers to refiners, industries brace for rail strike

Sep. 15, 2022 15:25 PM EDT

Car buyers might not get the vehicle they want on time, commuter rail lines could see service disrupted, and shipments from everything from oil to livestock feed could be snarled. Those are just a few of the wide-ranging impacts a walkout by U.S. rail workers would have on the...

Commuters dodge headaches as freight-rail strike averted

Sep. 15, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A deal reached Thursday between freight rail companies and their workers has ensured that commuter rail systems that also would have been affected can serve customers unimpeded. That's good news for commuters on the Virginia Railway Express outside the...

Amtrak works to restore routes after rail labor accord

Sep. 15, 2022 13:48 PM EDT

Amtrak on Thursday worked to accommodate travelers whose plans were disrupted this week ahead of a tentative railway labor agreement. Crowds were noticeably smaller at New Jersey stop on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line between Philadelphia and New York hours after the agreement...