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UK government promises to do utmost to help British Steel

May. 21, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government pledged Tuesday to do its utmost to support British Steel amid reports the company is facing bankruptcy. Some 5,000 workers are employed by the company with another 20,000 jobs in the supply chain. Business minister Andrew Stephenson told the House of Commons that the...

Arizona budget deal includes $325M tax cut, school cash

May. 20, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will get the $1 billion rainy-day fund he wants, schools will see an accelerated schedule for restoring program cuts and taxpayers will get more than $325 million in tax breaks under a budget deal he worked out with GOP legislative leaders. The $11.9...

West Virginia lawmakers return, shelve education bills

May. 20, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers reconvened a special session Monday but pushed back debate on education proposals that caused a two-day teacher strike earlier this year. The House of Delegates and the Senate worked instead on budgeting bills or measures that were vetoed for technical...

American Airlines sues unions, accusing workers of slowdown

May. 20, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is accusing its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks, and the airline is asking a federal judge to stop the activity. The airline says mechanics have caused about 900 cancellations or long delays...

NJ contractor, union leader ally, sentenced to 18 months

May. 20, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey electrical contractor and longtime ally of a powerful Philadelphia labor leader indicted earlier this year has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that George Peltz, MJK Electrical Corp. co-owner, was sentenced Monday on earlier pleas to...

Republicans plan to intervene in new union lawsuit

May. 20, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators plan to intervene in a new lawsuit challenging restrictions on public workers' unions. GOP lawmakers passed a law known as Act 10 in 2011 that stripped almost all public workers of their collective bargaining rights. Two chapters of the International Union of...

$15 minimum wage becomes part of 2020 presidential landscape

May. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour. That near-unanimity reflects the success of an unorthodox campaign by the...

Pay, safety negotiated by Bismarck teachers, district

May. 20, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Salary and classroom safety are high on the list of topics for negotiations between the Bismarck school district and its teachers. They'll head back to the bargaining table later this week as they negotiate a 2-year contract. The Bismarck Education Association is seeking a 4 percent...

Swiss voters approve tighter gun laws, lining up with the EU

May. 19, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation's gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners despite the objections of local gun owners, official results showed. The Federal Chancellery said provisional results showed nearly 64% of voters...

The Latest: Walz fires up teachers rally as deadline looms

May. 18, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the Minnesota Legislature's budget fight (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Gov. Tim Walz has given a fiery speech to the union Education Minnesota as hundreds of teachers rallied in the state Capitol rotunda. The Democrat and former high school coach called on the teachers...