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Union vote at Amazon's NY warehouse big step closer

Oct. 25, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board said there was enough interest to form a union at an Amazon distribution center in New York, after union organizers on Monday delivered hundreds of signatures to the agency — a key step in authorizing a vote that could establish the first...

Treasury Department names first counselor for racial equity

Oct. 25, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Treasury Department has hired a former JPMorgan Chase executive to head a new government program aimed at combatting racial inequality issues in banking and other financial-services industries. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Monday that Janis...

Apple once threatened Facebook ban over Mideast maid abuse

Oct. 25, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two years ago, Apple threatened to pull Facebook and Instagram from its app store over concerns about the platform being used as a tool to trade and sell maids in the Mideast. After publicly promising to crack down, Facebook...

Amnesty International to close Hong Kong offices this year

Oct. 25, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The human rights group Amnesty International said Monday it will close its two offices in Hong Kong this year, becoming the latest non-governmental organization to cease operations amid a crackdown on political dissent in the city. The group said its...

UK to increase low-wage workers' pay by more than inflation

Oct. 25, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Millions of low-pay workers in Britain will get an inflation-busting pay increase next year after the government said Monday it will legislate to raise the National Living Wage to 9.50 pounds ($13) an hour from the current rate of 8.91 pounds ($12.25). ...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Oct. 25, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

Detroit News. Oct. 21, 2021. Editorial: Protest exposes Line 5 security risk The protest at a Line 5 pumping station in Michigan’s Thumb appears to have been frivolous — a dozen or so young activists mostly hanging out in a parking lot listening...

Poor People's Campaign rallies at West Virginia Capitol

Oct. 25, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held a rally at the West Virginia Capitol on Sunday to pressure U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to support President Joe Biden's package of social services and climate change strategies, according to a news...

West Virginia ex-sergeant claims hostile work enviornment

Oct. 24, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia sheriff's officer filed a lawsuit Friday afternoon accusing the Wood County sheriff of making derogatory and sexist comments about her and another officer, inappropriately touching a female officer and creating a hostile work environment, The...

Philadelphia-area transit union authorized to call strike

Oct. 24, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Workers for the Philadelphia-area transit system have voted to authorize a strike next month if an agreement isn’t reached on a new contract. The Transport Workers Union Local 234 said a voice vote at a Sunday morning meeting in south Philadelphia...

Husband of detained Iranian-British woman on hunger strike

Oct. 24, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The husband of U.K. charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained for more than five years in Iran, has gone on a hunger strike again after a court decided she has to spend another year in prison. Richard Ratcliffe started his fast on...