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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

'Medicare for All' is driving a wedge through labor movement

Feb. 19, 2020 11:36 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates' plans to provide “Medicare for All” are driving a wedge through the labor movement, pitting union against union and fracturing a powerful constituency as the primary barrels toward heavily organized states. Big labor largely supports a...

This image released by Netflix shows Zach Ray at work at the Fuyao Glass America factory in Dayton, Ohio, in a scene from the Oscar-nominated documentary

Photo exhibit, Oscar-winning film explore Ohio manufacturing

Feb. 18, 2020 12:09 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Oscar-winning documentary about a glass factory and a photo exhibition about the closing of a General Motors plant are drawing attention to Ohio's manufacturing legacy and the state of the labor movement. The women behind the projects, filmmaker Julia Reichart and visual artist...

FILE - In this March 1, 2012 file photo, former President Bill Clinton shakes hands with Owen Bieber, left, with United Auto Workers union (UAW), at the 2012 UAW National Community†Action Program Conference, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in Washington.  Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry's dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dies aged 90

Feb. 17, 2020 5:52 PM EST

Owen Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry's dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90. Neither as charismatic as his predecessor, Douglas Fraser, nor as confrontational as his successor, Stephen Yokich, the low-key Bieber had an easygoing...

FILE — In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors circle the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee denied a request by ride-share company Uber and on-demand a request delivery service Postmates for a preliminary injunction protecting them from the new law aimed at giving protections to people who work as independent contractors, Monday, Feb.10, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Judge stalls Uber, Postmates challenge to California job law

Feb. 10, 2020 8:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday refused to exempt ride-hailing company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates from a broad new California labor law while she considers their lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles denied the companies' request for a preliminary...

In this June 19, 2019, photo Sara Nelson with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA appears before a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on the status of the Boeing 737 MAX on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Flight attendants' leader says employees at breaking point

Feb. 9, 2020 1:01 PM EST

The airline industry is among the most heavily unionized in the U.S. economy, and union members are seeking a bigger share of the airlines' multibillion profits. Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants, says too many employees — especially at the smaller regional airlines...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined at left by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, speaks during a news conference about the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House passes bill easing bids by workers to form unions

Feb. 6, 2020 9:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that supporters said would help working families, the Democratic-controlled House has approved a bill that would make it easier for workers to form unions and bargain for higher wages, better benefits and improved working conditions. The “Protecting the Right to...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, speaks at rally calling for passage of her measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Gonzalez said Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, that she intends to ease the law's restrictions on freelance journalists and others after months of protests that it is already costing people their jobs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California lawmaker wants labor law for freelancers changed

Feb. 6, 2020 8:42 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The author of a sweeping new California labor law said Thursday that she intends to ease its restrictions on freelance journalists and others after months of protests that it is already costing people their jobs. Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said in a series of tweets...

Missouri Democratic Party staff to unionize

Feb. 5, 2020 4:41 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Democratic Party workers on Wednesday announced plans to unionize, and party officials said they're on board. Party Data Director Ben Conover, who is leading the push for unionization, told The Associated Press that high turnover after biennial party chairperson elections...

The Victoria Tower stands in Westminster, in London, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Britain has officially left the European Union on Friday after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Britain to seek Canada-style free trade deal with EU

Feb. 2, 2020 8:51 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Two days after Brexit, British officials pushed the European Union on Sunday for a Canada-style free trade arrangement as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson geared up for a key speech to spell out his government's negotiating stance. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News that Britain...

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 1999, file photo, World Trade Organization's (WTO) Director General Mike Moore, of New Zealand, opens a WTO council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Moore, a former World Trade Organization leader and New Zealand Prime Minister, died early Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at his home in Auckland, his wife Yvonne Moore said. He was 71. 
 (AP Photo/Beatrix Stampfli, File)

Former WTO leader and New Zealand premier Mike Moore dies

Feb. 1, 2020 8:43 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Mike Moore, who served as New Zealand's Prime Minister before leading the World Trade Organization during a tumultuous time when thousands protested in Seattle riots, died early Sunday. He was 71. He died at his home in Auckland, his wife Yvonne Moore said. He'd suffered a...