Latest Labor unions News

Evers vetoes bill increasing eligibility for voucher program

Jun. 18, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed a bill that would have opened the door to more children going to private school using a voucher paid for by taxpayers. The bill Evers vetoed would have raised the income eligibility for the voucher program to three...

Smithfield Foods meatpackers approve new union contract

Jun. 18, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The union representing workers at the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls said Friday its members have voted in favor of a new contract. Union leaders say the new contract sends a message to the meatpacking industry that companies need to...

Union leader killed in Italy when truck forces picket line

Jun. 18, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A labor union leader was killed in northern Italy when a truck apparently broke through a picket line outside a supermarket warehouse facility Friday and struck him. Italian Premier Mario Draghi expressed sorrow for the death of Adil Belakhdim, 37, and said...

Union workers protest Boston's in-person work order

Jun. 18, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A union that represents about 800 Boston city employees who have been working remotely during the pandemic has filed an unfair labor practices claim against acting Mayor Kim Janey’s administration for unilaterally ordering them back to the office. The...

Indiana unions sue over yearly hurdle on teacher union dues

Jun. 17, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three Indiana teachers unions have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block a new state law that would require educators to renew requests every year for automatic paycheck deductions of union dues. Unions representing teachers with the Anderson,...

Spain hopes to jumpstart electric car industry with EU funds

Jun. 16, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Daniel Sánchez is one of the luckier electric car owners in Spain. With a free recharging station less than a kilometer from his home just north of Barcelona, he can keep his Tesla ready to roll. “I cannot imagine stopping at a gas station...

Greece: Public workers strike over new labor law

Jun. 16, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour strike in Greece disrupted transportation and other services as public sector workers walked off the job to protest a new labor law that lawmakers were due to vote on later Wednesday. The strike affected all modes of public...

Ikea fined $1.3 million over spying campaign in France

Jun. 15, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

VERSAILLES, France (AP) — A French court ordered home furnishings giant Ikea to pay some 1.1 million euros ($1.3 million) in fines and damages Tuesday over a campaign to spy on union representatives, employees and some unhappy customers in France. Two former Ikea France...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jun. 15, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. June 14, 2021. Editorial: Congrats, parents, on saving ‘Invest in Kids’ — for now Some poor and working-class parents buttonholed legislators at the Capitol in Springfield. Others pursued lawmakers by phone, frantic to protect...

Order: Union can't limit vote to 87 Tennessee Nissan workers

Jun. 14, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal regulators have denied a union's push to try to organize fewer than 100 employees at the Nissan assembly plant in Tennessee, ruling instead to set a union election of 4,300 plantwide production and maintenance workers that the union says...