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UN body welcomes 'milestone' in Qatar labor reforms

Jan. 16, 2020 6:46 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar abolished exit visa requirements for virtually all migrant workers on Thursday in a move the U.N. labor organization said was a “milestone” in reform efforts ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The ministerial decree allows nearly all migrant workers in...

The new Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin, 2nd right, with Minister of Education Li Andersson, left, Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni, 2nd left, and Minister of Interior Maria Ohisalo, right, after the first meeting of the new government in Helsinki, Finland on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.  Finland’s parliament chose Sanna Marin as the country's new prime minister Tuesday, making the 34-year-old the world’s youngest sitting head of government. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

NOT REAL NEWS: Finland is not launching 4-day working week

Jan. 7, 2020 12:09 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — The Finnish government on Tuesday squelched a story spreading in international media about the Nordic nation's plans to reduce the average working time for full-time employees to 24 hours a week, or four six-hour days. Newspapers and news sites in Britain, the United States, India,...

FILE - In this June 30, 2018, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., center, poses with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., left, and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., right, during the Rally Against Separation in Boston. With the start of the new year, Democratic political rivals Markey and Kennedy are ramping up their campaigns with Markey's Senate seat hanging in the balance. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

Markey, Kennedy ramping up campaigns with start of new year

Jan. 2, 2020 4:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — With the start of the new year, Democratic political rivals Edward Markey and Joe Kennedy III are ramping up their campaigns with Markey's Senate seat hanging in the balance. Kennedy is opening new campaign offices in Lowell, Worcester and the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston while Markey is...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, dozens of supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors circle the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif. Ride-share company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates sued Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, to block a broad new California law aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to people who work as independent contractors. The lawsuit filed in U.S. court in Los Angeles argues that the law set to take effect Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, violates federal and state constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Uber, Postmates sue to challenge California's new labor law

Dec. 30, 2019 11:43 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ride-share company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates sued Monday to block a broad new California law aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to people who work as independent contractors. The lawsuit filed in U.S. court in Los Angeles argues that the law set...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, protesters march through smoke from flares at a demonstration during a mass strike in Marseille, southern France. Unions represent less than 10% of salaried workers but have a cozy, if paradoxical, relationship with officialdom that empowers them to block change. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File)

French unions behind strikes get public funds

Dec. 30, 2019 9:30 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — As France's strikes entered their 26th day Monday, some in the country are questioning if the labor unions that are driving the crippling stoppages have outsized power. The strikes have closed French landmarks, hurt small businesses over the Christmas season and hobbled public transportation....

McDonald's operator fined after 2 workers die on job in Peru

Dec. 27, 2019 11:39 AM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A company that operates McDonald's restaurants in Latin America has been fined $254,000 after the electrocution deaths of two employees who were cleaning a restaurant kitchen in Peru. Peru's National Superintendency for Labor Rights on Thursday recommended that McDonald's franchise owner...

Flamengo's Gabriel Barbosa celebrates with Flamengo fans end of the Club World Cup semifinal soccer match between Flamengo and Al Hilal at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).

Influx of club fans a '22 World Cup testing ground for Qatar

Dec. 20, 2019 5:29 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cut-price beer being downed in a field. Roadside walls being urinated against. Drum-beating passengers leading chants through the metro. Qatar has taken on a new, very unfamiliar guise this week for a Muslim state that adheres to a strictly conservative religious code. This Persian Gulf...

High-speed trains are pictured at Gare du Nord train station in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. With French President Emmanuel Macron under heavy pressure over his pension reform plans, government officials are meeting with employers and unions on Wednesday to consider the way forward. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French unions: Keep retirement strikes going through January

Dec. 19, 2019 2:29 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s punishing transportation troubles may ease up slightly over Christmas — but unions plan renewed strikes and protests in January to resist government plans to raise the retirement age to 64. Talks between the prime minister and labor leaders failed to reach a compromise...

FILE - This March 23, 2010, file photo, shows the Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels. A fifth former Google worker has filed a complaint with federal regulators accusing the company of improperly firing employees for labor organizing activity. Kathryn Spiers, a security engineer, said Google fired her after she created a pop-up notification for employees to inform them of their labor rights. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Fifth fired Google worker files federal labor complaint

Dec. 17, 2019 4:53 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fifth former Google worker has filed a complaint with federal regulators accusing the company of improperly firing employees for labor organizing activity. Kathryn Spiers, a security engineer, said Google fired her after she created a pop-up notification for employees to inform them...

N. Macedonian sex workers protest attacks, seek legal status

Dec. 17, 2019 12:50 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Hundreds of sex workers and rights activists in North Macedonia, where prostitution is illegal, have marched through the capital of Skopje on Tuesday to protest alleged police brutality and indifference to their complaints of violence. The Sex Workers' Coalition human rights...