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Acosta exits; Trump's big Cabinet turnover keeps growing

Jul. 12, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adding to the lengthy list of departures from President Donald Trump's Cabinet, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he's stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing underage...

Close the windows? Amsterdam mulls red light district change

Jul. 3, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The windows where scantily clad sex workers stand to attract customers in Amsterdam could be closing for good. The city's mayor proposed fundamental changes Wednesday to the network of narrow alleys and canal side streets that make up Amsterdam's famed red light district. The...

California Assembly votes to tighten rules on contractors

May. 30, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

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 Assembly passed on Wednesday. The sweeping bill, which now goes to the Senate, carries new standards defining...

Rent spikes, gig jobs among bills facing legislative action

May. 26, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature faces key decisions this week, including trying to reign in police use of force, prevent rent spikes, and alter labor laws affecting workers in the gig economy. Friday is the deadline for the Assembly and Senate to pass or reject bills that originated in...

Union files for new vote at Volkswagen's Tennessee plant

May. 22, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union filed a new petition Wednesday seeking to hold a vote on its representation of workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, the same day the National Labor Relations Board dismissed a previous petition on a technicality. Volkswagen has said it is neutral...

FIFA keeps 32 teams for 2022 World Cup, scrapping expansion

May. 22, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World Cup in the region were...

3 senators question delay on Volkswagen Tennessee union vote

May. 21, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Three Democratic U.S. senators are expressing concerns about delays to an election over whether Volkswagen maintenance and production workers in Tennessee should unionize. Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan sent Volkswagen Group of America...

California regulators not taking action against care homes

May. 20, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

Across California, at least 20 companies providing care for the elderly, disabled and mentally ill continue to operate illegally after being cited for failing to pay their workers more than $1.4 million in back wages and penalties. "There's no accountability," said Hina Shah, an associate law professor at Golden...

US Sen. Edward Markey faces Democratic primary challenger

May. 20, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

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 Monday to challenge the one-term senator for the Democratic nomination. Liss-Riordan made the announcement in a video and...

$15 minimum wage becomes part of 2020 presidential landscape

May. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour. That near-unanimity reflects the success of an unorthodox campaign by the...