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Q&A: Abdul-Jabbar talks new documentary, MLK, social justice

Jun. 17, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an NBA legend, but the man known for his trademark skyhook shot has also devoted his life advocating for equality and social justice. Abdul-Jabbar will take another step in his activism walk as an executive producer and...

Pope Francis champions workers' right to organize in unions

Jun. 17, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is championing the right of all workers to unionize, as economic activity is poised to increase when the pandemic threat eases. The pontiff stressed the needs of the most vulnerable workers, including migrants, in a video message Thursday to...

UK to require COVID-19 shots for nursing home workers

Jun. 16, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain will require COVID-19 vaccinations for nursing home workers in England, arguing that the need to protect vulnerable residents outweighed employees' right to choose whether to get the jab. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the new rules...

Greece: Public workers strike over new labor law

Jun. 16, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour strike in Greece disrupted transportation and other services as public sector workers walked off the job to protest a new labor law that lawmakers were due to vote on later Wednesday. The strike affected all modes of public...

Gorilla tactics: Berlin delivery riders take on $1B startup

Jun. 13, 2021 03:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of workers gathered outside of one of Berlin's most-celebrated startups, the grocery delivery company Gorillas, to protest the firing hours earlier of a colleague. “We want Santiago back!” the young riders chanted last week, threatening to...

Labor negotiations escalate at South Dakota pork plant

Jun. 04, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — In a sign of meatpacking workers becoming emboldened by the pandemic's health threats and economic repercussions, the union at a South Dakota pork processing plant that experienced a bad coronavirus outbreak last year has overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer...

State worker union OKs $1 million to fight Newsom recall

Jun. 03, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest state worker union approved a $1 million donation Wednesday to help Gov. Gavin Newsom fight the recall in an emergency vote that some members said would cause friction in the union amid a leadership shakeup. “Gavin Newsom...

State worker union OKs $1 million to fight Newsom recall

Jun. 03, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest state worker union approved a $1 million donation Wednesday to help Gov. Gavin Newsom fight the recall in an emergency vote that some members said would cause friction in the union amid a leadership shakeup. “Gavin Newsom...

Greek labor unions call 24-hour general strike for June 10

Jun. 02, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek labor unions are calling a 24-hour general strike for next week to protest proposed legislation which they say will jeopardize worker rights. Public and private sector unions said they would join the strike set for June 10. The work stoppage...

Major labor unions back California governor in likely recall

Jun. 01, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California labor unions representing workers in manufacturing, retail, grocery stores, hospitality, health care and other businesses announced their support Tuesday for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom as he faces a likely recall election. The...