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Connecticut's minimum wage increases from $11 to $12 an hour

Sep. 1, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's minimum wage increased from $11 to $12 an hour on Tuesday, under a new state law designed to gradually raise the rate over several years. The boost in pay is a latest in a series of five increases included in a 2019 state law signed by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont. The...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020 file photo, workers on scaffolding lay blocks on one of the larger buildings at a development site where various residential units and commercial sites are under construction in Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pa.  U.S. productivity rose at a 7.3% rate in the second quarter, the largest quarterly increase since 2009. Labor costs also jumped, rising 12.2%. The Labor Department report Friday, Aug. 14,  is its first estimate of second-quarter productivity and follows the first quarter’s 0.9% decline.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

US productivity rises 7.3% as hours worked are nearly halved

Aug. 14, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. productivity rose at a 7.3% rate in the second quarter as the number of hours worked fell by nearly half, the biggest drop-off since the government started tracking the data more than 70 years ago. The Labor Department said Friday that output decreased 38.9%, also the biggest...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA logo is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is denying allegations by General Motors that FCA used foreign bank accounts to bribe union officials so they would stick GM with higher labor costs. In court papers filed Monday,  Aug. 10, 2020 the Italian-American automaker said GM was using court records to make “defamatory and baseless

Fiat Chrysler calls GM's bribery allegations 'preposterous'

Aug. 10, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Allegations by General Motors that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bribed union officials are “preposterous” and read like a script from a “third-rate spy movie,” FCA lawyers wrote in court documents filed Monday. GM, in a motion last week, alleged that Fiat Chrysler...

United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger gives his final speech to thousands of union members Monday, June 14, 2010 in Detroit. Gettelfinger is denying claims by General Motors that he took bribes paid into foreign bank accounts by Fiat Chrysler in order to stick GM with higher labor costs. Gettelfinger called the company's allegations a “malicious and utterly baseless attack” designed to cause as much harm as possible to the union. “I have never had control over any financial account in any foreign country, nor has any member of my family,

Ex-UAW chief says GM bribery claims are 'utterly baseless'

Aug. 4, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Former United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger is denying claims by General Motors that he took bribes paid into foreign bank accounts by Fiat Chrysler in order to stick GM with higher labor costs. Gettelfinger called the company's allegations a “malicious and utterly baseless...

FILE - Managers inform small groups of workers about new safety devices and measures taken at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plants of Atessa, in Central Italy, in a Monday, April 27, 2020 file photo. General Motors is asking a federal judge to reconsider dismissal of a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler based on new allegations that FCA bribed union and GM officials with millions stashed in secret foreign bank accounts. The allegations were made in a court motion filed Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 by GM.  (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP, File)

GM alleges Fiat Chrysler spent millions to bribe UAW leaders

Aug. 3, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is asking a federal judge to reconsider his dismissal of a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler based on new allegations that FCA bribed union officials and GM employees with millions stashed in secret foreign bank accounts. GM alleges that bribes were paid to former United Auto...

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo Jayln Martin, right, and Dan Villegas stock items in preparation for a holiday sale at a Walmart Supercenter in Las Vegas. On Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the Labor Department reports on wages and benefits for U.S. workers during the Oct.-Dec. quarter. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Wages and benefits grow at slowest pace in 3 years

Jul. 31, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose at the slowest pace in three years in the April-June quarter, a sign that businesses are holding back on pay as well as cutting jobs in the coronavirus recession. Pay and benefits increased 0.5% in the second quarter, according to the government's...