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Portland city workers take initial step toward strike

Jan. 20, 2022 21:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than 1,100 municipal trade workers may strike as Portland leaders and a coalition of public employee unions remain at an impasse on a new contract agreement. Members of the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) voted to authorize a strike after...

MLB's snail-paced lockout talks to resume with union offer

Jan. 20, 2022 20:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Locked out baseball players plan to make a counteroffer to management on Monday, 11 days after clubs gave the union a proposal when the snail-paced negotiations resumed following a 42-day break. The players’ association asked Major League Baseball on Thursday to...

Mississippi House OKs bill on equal pay for women and men

Jan. 20, 2022 16:58 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi employers would be required to pay women and men the same amount of money for the same work, under a bill that passed the state House on Thursday. But an advocate who has been pushing for years for an equal-pay mandate said the bill is weak....

Robot umpires at home plate moving up to Triple-A for 2022

Jan. 20, 2022 15:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Robot umpires have been given a promotion and will be just one step from the major leagues this season. Major League Baseball is expanding its automated strike zone experiment to Triple-A, the highest level of the minor leagues. MLB’s website posted...

Georgia AFL-CIO endorses Democrat Abrams for governor

Jan. 20, 2022 13:49 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A federation of labor unions in Georgia is endorsing Democrat Stacey Abrams' campaign for governor. The Georgia AFL-CIO announced its endorsement at a news conference with Abrams in Atlanta on Wednesday. The federation also endorsed Abrams early in her previous run...

Wisconsin Assembly approve lowering working age in summer

Jan. 20, 2022 13:04 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly sent Gov. Tony Evers a bill on Thursday that would allow teenagers to work longer hours during the busy summer tourism months. The measure passed on a voice vote is backed by Republicans and the state’s hotel, restaurant and grocery...

Hawaii House leaders propose hiking minimum wage to $18

Jan. 19, 2022 19:59 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers opened a new session of the Legislature on Wednesday with House leaders proposing to raise the state's minimum wage to $18 an hour and spend $600 million on housing for Native Hawaiians on the waiting list for Hawaiian homelands. The highest state...

Text of SC Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2022 19:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State remarks as prepared for delivery on Wednesday: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, my fellow South Carolinians: We are here tonight to address...

WVa lawmakers seek to ban school mask, testing requirements

Jan. 19, 2022 18:30 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of Republican lawmakers in West Virginia is trying to pass a law forbidding mask mandates in K-12 schools and restricting districts from requiring COVID-19 testing for people who don't have symptoms. The “Public School Health Rights Act” would...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 19, 2022 17:17 PM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. January 13, 2022. Editorial: DeSantis plays fast and loose with COVID facts to justify expired tests After Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried claimed that Florida might allow nearly one million COVID-19 tests to expire, a spokesman for...