Latest Labor issues News

California adds wage, benefit protections for gig workers

Sep. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Wednesday signed sweeping labor legislation that aims to give wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft and to as many as a million workers across other industries. The closely watched proposal could have national...

The Latest: Union protesters arrested at Tennessee GM plant

Sep. 18, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the United Auto Workers union's strike that has crippled U.S. production at General Motors (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A United Auto Workers official says about seven to nine union picketers were arrested for blocking a roadway at a General Motors plant in Tennessee. Local UAW...

Johnson faces Brexit flak from EU lawmakers and top UK court

Sep. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by European Union officials Wednesday of failing to negotiate seriously and branded the "father of lies" by a lawyer in the U.K. Supreme Court, as his plan to leave the EU in just over six weeks faced hurdles on both sides of the...

Striking workers question whether UAW leaders can be trusted

Sep. 18, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — The strike against General Motors by the United Auto Workers is playing out amid a corruption scandal inside the UAW that has caused distrust of the union leadership among many rank-and-file members. On picket lines at plants across the country, many of the 49,000 workers have...

Tech execs say they're acting faster on extremist content

Sep. 18, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter told Congress on Wednesday that they've gotten better and faster at detecting and removing violent extremist content on their social media platforms in the face of mass shootings fueled by hatred. Questioned at a hearing by the Senate Commerce...

Zimbabwe doctors march as abducted leader is still missing

Sep. 18, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A line of baton-wielding police on Wednesday stopped a march by Zimbabwean doctors protesting the alleged abduction of a union leader as fears grew about government repression — and about his fate. The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association has said its president, Peter...

BA pilots call off planned 24-hour strike, urge 'cool heads'

Sep. 18, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Airways pilots have called off a planned 24-hour strike in their dispute with the airline over pay. Members of the British Airline Pilots' Association were due to walk out on Sept. 27. The union said Wednesday that a 48-hour strike earlier this month had demonstrated the "anger and...

Lebanon PM closes TV channel run by his family over funding

Sep. 18, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister said Wednesday he will temporarily close a TV network owned by his family, following a years-long financial struggle. In a statement, Saad Hariri described the move as a suspension of work until the Future TV network could be re-launched after a financial...

Slow progress reported in talks as GM strike enters 3rd day

Sep. 18, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Union and company bargainers are making progress toward a new contract as a strike by United Auto Workers that brought 33 General Motors factories to a halt continued into its third day. Committees working on thorny issues such as wages, health insurance costs, use of temporary workers, and...

Sri Lankan doctors strike over salary 'injustice'

Sep. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Doctors at state-run hospitals across Sri Lanka began a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, demanding that the government resolve what they say is a salary "injustice." Two years ago, the government gave an unusually high salary increase to legal officers in the government sector,...