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With China rift ongoing, NBA says free speech remains vital

Oct. 8, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China's state broadcaster canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that...

Company making Costco pajamas flagged for forced labor

Oct. 8, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

The Trump Administration is blocking shipments from a Chinese company making baby pajamas sold at Costco warehouses, after the foreign manufacturer was accused of forcing ethnic minorities locked in an internment camp to sew clothes against their will. The government is also blocking rubber gloves sold by...

Greece: Strikes over labor changes halt ferries, services

Oct. 2, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Strikes against Greece's new conservative government halted ferries and transport services Wednesday as labor unions held protest rallies over a bill they argue will undermine collective bargaining rights and the right to strike. Supported by the country's largest labor unions, the...

Lawyers fight for everyday women bringing #MeToo complaints

Sep. 29, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

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 judges. "I can do that, too," she thought. Hill has since become a leading civil rights and workers' rights lawyer in...

Senate confirms Eugene Scalia as Trump's new labor secretary

Sep. 26, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate on Thursday confirmed lawyer Eugene Scalia, a son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as President Donald Trump's new labor secretary. The Senate voted along party lines, 53-44, to approve Scalia's nomination. Republicans said his background in...

Labor Dept. rule aims to extend overtime to more US workers

Sep. 24, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has issued a rule that will make overtime pay available to 1.3 million additional workers, though the proposal replaces a more generous one advanced by former President Barack Obama. The Labor Department said Tuesday that it is raising the salary level that...

Senate panel approves Trump's pick to run Labor Department

Sep. 24, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led Senate committee voted along party lines Tuesday to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department. The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved attorney Eugene Scalia's nomination, 12-11, clearing the way for the full...

Nurses, auto strikes may be signs of awakening US unions

Sep. 20, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Registered nurses staged a one-day strike against Tenet Health hospitals in Florida, California and Arizona on Friday, demanding better working conditions and higher wages as the nation's labor movement has begun flexing muscles weakened by decades of declining membership amid business...

Cambodia gives garment workers 4.4% minimum wage hike

Sep. 20, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's government announced Friday that it is raising the minimum wage for the garment industry, the country's biggest export earner, whose workers make up a powerful political bloc. The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training said starting in January, the minimum wage...

Labor pick will seek ethics advice on brokers conflict rule

Sep. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary sought to quell concerns among Democrats that he's too close to the corporate world, telling lawmakers Thursday that if confirmed he'll ask ethics officials if he can participate in the crafting of a conflict of interest rule for...