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Push for bilingual contact tracers continues in Virginia

Jul. 18, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — About half of the 2,361 people in Richmond who’ve tested positive for coronavirus are Hispanic, but only 14 workers hired recently to investigate cases and curb the spread of the virus in the city and Henrico County speak Spanish. Public health officials in the city and state...

Lawsuit seeks to designate Uber, Lyft drivers as employees

Jul. 14, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is asking for a court ruling recognizing Uber and Lyft drivers as employees under the state’s wage and hour laws. The lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, challenges the designation of drivers as independent contractors by the ride...

Strikers picket outside the district lodge of Local 6 across from Bath Iron Works, Monday, June 22, 2020, in Bath, Maine. Production workers at one of the Navy's largest shipbuilders overwhelmingly voted to strike, rejecting the company's three-year contract offer Sunday and threatening to further delay delivery of ships. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Shipbuilder files complaint over union threats during strike

Jul. 10, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works on Friday filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing its largest union of threatening workers who cross the picket line during an ongoing strike in Maine. The company accused leaders of Machinists’ Local S6 of threatening so-called scabs with fines...

Crusading Mexican labor lawyer freed, banned from traveling

Jul. 2, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Crusading Mexican labor lawyer Susana Prieto has been released from jail, but said she has been banned from travelling to the border state of Tamaulipas where she led a historic 2019 battle for higher wages. Prieto will be required to live in her registered address in the state of...

Nevada state workers sue governor over coronavirus furloughs

Jun. 26, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A labor union representing more than 6,000 Nevada state workers announced Friday it had filed a formal complaint to the state's labor relations board against Gov. Steve Sisolak. In the complaint, the American Federation of State County Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Nevada branch...

Mexico labor lawyer to be held pending trial on riot charges

Jun. 11, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge has ordered a labor lawyer jailed pending trial on charges that prosecutors say stem from a protest this year and not from her leadership of strikes last year that won higher pay for workers at “maquiladora” assembly plants in the border city of Matamoros. The...

Mexican state arrests border labor lawyer Susana Prieto

Jun. 9, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Border state authorities have arrested a crusading labor lawyer who led a wave of 2019 walkouts for higher wages at border assembly plants known as maquiladoras. Detectives arrested Susana Prieto Monday in the border city Matamoros on charges that included inciting riot, threats and...