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Oregon state workers could get up to 15% raises

Jul. 17, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Public employee unions representing Oregon state workers have negotiated new contracts that would provide pay increases of up to 15% over the next two-year budget period. The proposed contracts include both step increases and cost of living increases in each of the next two years....

After years of plenty, auto workers want a bigger slice

Jul. 15, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Detroit's three automakers kicked off with the union president departing from the traditionally friendly tone by telling Ford executives that workers want a bigger share of the companies' record profits. While Ford executives talked...

Leaders to look at higher pay for Kansas Legislature's staff

Jul. 12, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of both parties in the Kansas Legislature agree that they need to develop a plan for raising the pay of their full-time employees and part-time staff. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Legislature's seven-member Coordinating Council of its top leaders plans to examine...

California Democrats turn up pressure on gig economy

Jul. 10, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The battle between California lawmakers and ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft heated up Wednesday as Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon offered harsh words laced with expletives for businesses in the gig economy. "They use a lot of really cute words basically to describe...

NY expands pay equity law on day honoring US soccer team

Jul. 10, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state expanded a state law Wednesday that prohibits gender pay discrimination, making it illegal to pay someone less based on characteristics including race, religion, disability or gender identity. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the changes into law in Manhattan, just...

SC public utility gets new CEO at double the previous salary

Jul. 9, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As lawmakers debate if South Carolina's publicly owned utility should continue to exist, the board that runs the company voted Tuesday to hire a new leader and pay him double the salary of its last permanent director. Mark Bonsall started as Santee Cooper's CEO immediately after the...

California to pay $37M to worker paralyzed in highway crash

Jul. 8, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Transportation will pay $37 million to settle a lawsuit by a construction worker left paralyzed when he was struck by a motorist while on a highway job site. The Sacramento Bee reports Monday that Caltrans decided to settle with lawyers representing...

Rochester wage theft case poses test for new state law

Jul. 8, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A group of Rochester-area construction workers are pursuing a wage theft claim, testing a new state law that aims to clamp down on companies that don't pay for labor. Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry officials said the law, which went into effect July 1, doubles the number...

Amazon Minnesota warehouse workers plan 'Prime Day' strike

Jul. 8, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers at an Amazon warehouse in suburban Minneapolis said Monday they'll hit the online retail and entertainment giant with a brief strike next Monday — its heavily touted "Prime Day" — in a continuing push to improve pay and working conditions for the facility's heavily...

State to pay student debt for docs increasing Medi-Cal load

Jul. 5, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will pay off $58.6 million in student loans for 247 physicians who have committed to serve more people covered by Medi-Cal. The doctors agreed to ensure that Medi-Cal patients represent 30 percent of their caseload for five years, the Sacramento Bee reported Friday ....