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UNM to appeal allowing grad student workers to unionize

Nov. 28, 2021 16:29 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico plans to appeal a ruling that graduate student employees can unionize. The Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday that UNM has filed notice of intent to appeal in 2nd Judicial District Court. ...

Missouri wants to keep outsourcing unemployment call center

Nov. 28, 2021 12:13 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials want to continue having a private company handle calls about jobless benefits in the state even though the unemployment rate has returned to pre-pandemic levels. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the state Department...

Inquiry finds Georgia veterans agency chief harassed workers

Nov. 28, 2021 11:29 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — An investigation finds the now-retired leader of Georgia's veterans agency sexually harassed his secretary, part of a general pattern of demeaning behavior toward women and minorities. The state inspector general's report obtained by The Atlanta...

Essex County sheriff to require employee vaccinations

Nov. 28, 2021 11:10 AM EST

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts sheriff is requiring proof of coronavirus vaccination for all employees, vendors and contractors at the jail his office oversees. Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger, who oversees the Middleton House of Correction, told The Salem...

Shots fired at police, journalists in Martinique COVID riots

Nov. 26, 2021 12:53 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Shots were fired overnight at security forces and journalists on the French Caribbean island of Martinique amid violent protests against COVID-19 restrictions, France's interior minister said on Friday. Several police officers have been injured, Interior...

St. Paul police union sues city over vaccine mandate

Nov. 26, 2021 12:48 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The police union in St. Paul, Minnesota is suing the city in an effort to halt a mandate that requires city employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the year. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced the requirement for nearly 4,000...

Spanish metalworkers call off strike after pay rise deal

Nov. 25, 2021 10:51 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Trade unions representing metalworkers in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz called off a nine-day strike and workers began returning to their jobs Thursday after reaching a pay agreement with employers covering the next three years. Workers had...

Top Indonesia court rules new job law unconstitutional

Nov. 25, 2021 10:48 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s top court ruled Thursday that the country’s widely criticized Job Creation Law is unconstitutional and ordered the government to amend it within two years. The law, passed last year, triggered days of protests in many cities...

Eastern Shore seafood company fined for visa fraud

Nov. 25, 2021 10:19 AM EST

SECRETARY, Md. (AP) — A company that processes seafood and produces ice on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been fined $240,000 for visa fraud related to the employment of temporary workers. The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the owner of Capt. Phip’s Seafood Inc.,...

Lawsuit alleges discrimination at Wilmington Fire Department

Nov. 25, 2021 09:20 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A firefighter in Delaware is accusing the Wilmington Fire Department of years of racial and religious discrimination that he says created a hostile work environment. The News Journal reported Wednesday that the lawsuit was filed in federal court...