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Strikers picket outside the district lodge of Local 6 across from Bath Iron Works, Monday, June 22, 2020, in Bath, Maine. Production workers at one of the Navy's largest shipbuilders overwhelmingly voted to strike, rejecting the company's three-year contract offer Sunday and threatening to further delay delivery of ships. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Shipbuilder files complaint over union threats during strike

Jul. 10, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works on Friday filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing its largest union of threatening workers who cross the picket line during an ongoing strike in Maine. The company accused leaders of Machinists’ Local S6 of threatening so-called scabs with fines...

Crusading Mexican labor lawyer freed, banned from traveling

Jul. 2, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Crusading Mexican labor lawyer Susana Prieto has been released from jail, but said she has been banned from travelling to the border state of Tamaulipas where she led a historic 2019 battle for higher wages. Prieto will be required to live in her registered address in the state of...

Nevada state workers sue governor over coronavirus furloughs

Jun. 26, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A labor union representing more than 6,000 Nevada state workers announced Friday it had filed a formal complaint to the state's labor relations board against Gov. Steve Sisolak. In the complaint, the American Federation of State County Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Nevada branch...

Mexico labor lawyer to be held pending trial on riot charges

Jun. 11, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge has ordered a labor lawyer jailed pending trial on charges that prosecutors say stem from a protest this year and not from her leadership of strikes last year that won higher pay for workers at “maquiladora” assembly plants in the border city of Matamoros. The...

Mexican state arrests border labor lawyer Susana Prieto

Jun. 9, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Border state authorities have arrested a crusading labor lawyer who led a wave of 2019 walkouts for higher wages at border assembly plants known as maquiladoras. Detectives arrested Susana Prieto Monday in the border city Matamoros on charges that included inciting riot, threats and...

A former Samsung employee Kim Yong-hee receives a bouquet of flowers after coming down from on top of a 25 meter (82 foot) traffic camera tower in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 29, 2020. Kim was fired from the company in 1995 over what he says were his attempts to organize a labor union. (Yun Dong-jin/Yonhap via AP)

Fired Samsung worker ends tower protest following apology

May. 29, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A former Samsung employee who spent nearly a year protesting his firing by living atop a 25-meter (82-foot) traffic camera tower in South Korea’s capital was helped back down Friday after the business giant apologized over his plight. Kim Yong-hee, 60, waved a banner with a...

In this Saturday, May 23, 2020 photo, an Ethiopian domestic worker cleans her employer's balcony, in Beirut, Lebanon. Some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction workers — are growing more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in, coupled with coronavirus restrictions. With no functioning airports and exorbitant costs of repatriation flights, many are trapped, unable to go home. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

May. 26, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Long before the pandemic struck, they lived and worked in conditions that rights groups called exploitative — low wages, long hours, no labor law protections. Now, some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction...

Workers file complaint against Yakima fruit packing plant

May. 22, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Workers have filed an unfair labor practices complaint claiming a Washington state fruit packing company retaliated against those who chose to strike during the coronavirus pandemic. Allan Brothers Fruit employees filed the complaint earlier this week to the National Labor Relations...

FILE - In this May 12, 2020 file photo, amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Ronaldo Santos has his temperature checked before starting his work shift in the meat department of a grocery store in Dallas. With more businesses across the country easing back to life, the new challenge will be how to keep workers safe during the pandemic. From temperature checks, contact tracing, social distancing and staggered schedules, a variety of new protocols are being implemented. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Q&A: Safety a big concern as workers return to their jobs

May. 20, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With more businesses across the country easing back to life, the new challenge will be how to keep workers safe during the pandemic. From temperature checks, contact tracing, social distancing and staggered schedules, a variety of new protocols are being implemented. The stakes are high...