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EXPLAINER: What to know on Congress' bid to bar rail strike

Nov. 29, 2022 18:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is asking Congress to intervene to avert a potentially crippling freight rail strike before Christmas and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling a vote this week to do so, even if it means handing a defeat to Democratic allies in the labor movement. ...

Ethiopia offers no date for end to blackout in Tigray region

Nov. 29, 2022 10:14 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — There is "no timeline” for restoring internet access to Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region, a senior government official said Tuesday. The restoration of Tigray’s internet service will be carried alongside the resumption of its phone and electricity...

South Korea orders striking cement truckers back to work

Nov. 28, 2022 23:42 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s government issued an order Tuesday for some of the thousands of truck drivers who have been on strike to return to work, insisting that their nationwide walkout over freight fare issues is hurting an already weak economy. Despite facing...

Cricket flourishes among Qatar World Cup migrant laborers

Nov. 25, 2022 11:52 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As dawn broke Friday in Qatar, the laborers who built this energy-rich country's World Cup soccer stadiums, roads and subway filled empty stretches of asphalt and sandlots to play the sport closest to their hearts — cricket. The sport that spread across the...

Dominican sugar imports tied to forced labor rejected by US

Nov. 23, 2022 11:57 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it will detain all imports of sugar and related products made in the Dominican Republic by Central Romana Corporation, Ltd. amid allegations that it uses forced labor. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

Top US diplomat criticizes FIFA armband threat at World Cup

Nov. 22, 2022 08:20 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — America's top diplomat on Tuesday criticized a decision by FIFA to threaten players at the World Cup with yellow cards if they wear armbands supporting inclusion and diversity. Speaking alongside his Qatari counterpart at a news conference, U.S. Secretary of...

Idaho lawmakers working on additional 'ESG' legislation

Nov. 21, 2022 16:52 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Potential new laws intended to limit state investments or contracts with companies that factor in such things as climate change and workers’ rights into their business practices will likely be introduced in the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers said Monday. ...

Judge orders Amazon to stop retaliations against organizers

Nov. 21, 2022 14:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Amazon to stop retaliating against employees engaged in workplace activism, issuing a mixed ruling that also hands a loss to the federal labor agency that sued the company earlier this year. The ruling came in a court case brought by the...

New service union seeks to inspire labor movement in South

Nov. 18, 2022 15:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Over 100 service industry workers gathered Friday in the capital of South Carolina, the state with the country’s lowest unionization rate, to launch a new union and in turn try to boost labor organizing across the South. The Union of Southern Service Workers...

Starbucks workers strike at more than 100 US stores

Nov. 17, 2022 17:49 PM EST

Starbucks workers at more than 100 U.S. stores are on strike Thursday in their largest labor action since a campaign to unionize the company’s stores began late last year. The walkouts coincide with Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day, when the company gives free reusable cups to...