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Republicans defend tax cuts in face of teacher demands

May. 21, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican lawmakers are defending tax cuts in the budget deal they cut with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey despite demands for an end to further revenue cuts until schools are fully funded by teachers who went on strike last year. The $11.9 billion plan laid out in budget legislation introduced...

$9 minimum wage for Louisiana workers shelved, lacking votes

May. 21, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A New Orleans senator on Tuesday scrapped his latest bid to raise Louisiana's minimum wage, saying he doesn't have the votes for passage. It marked the fourth year of defeat for an effort backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to boost the base pay for an estimated 200,000 workers. The...

McDonald's says it's offering training to combat harassment

May. 21, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

McDonald's Corp. says it's enhancing training and offering a new hotline for workers in response to mounting allegations of sexual harassment. On Tuesday, the labor group Fight for $15 filed 25 sexual harassment charges against McDonald's with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The American Civil...

3 senators question delay on Volkswagen Tennessee union vote

May. 21, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Three Democratic U.S. senators are expressing concerns about delays to an election over whether Volkswagen maintenance and production workers in Tennessee should unionize. Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan sent Volkswagen Group of America...

NC speaker, Senate leader testify at employment bias trial

May. 21, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two of North Carolina's most powerful legislators took the witness stand this week in a long-running federal employee discrimination case filed by the former head of the General Assembly's nonpartisan fiscal analysis office. House Speaker Tim Moore answered questions on Tuesday in a...

UK government promises to do utmost to help British Steel

May. 21, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government pledged Tuesday to do its utmost to support British Steel amid reports the company is facing bankruptcy. Some 5,000 workers are employed by the company with another 20,000 jobs in the supply chain. Business minister Andrew Stephenson told the House of Commons that the...

Alitalia cancels more than 300 flights due to strike

May. 21, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's struggling airline Alitalia has canceled over 300 flights because of a 24-hour strike called to protest deteriorating conditions in the sector, including the government's failure to relaunch the carrier. Alitalia says it cancelled about half of its flights, both domestic and...

Arizona budget deal includes $325M tax cut, school cash

May. 20, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will get the $1 billion rainy-day fund he wants, schools will see an accelerated schedule for restoring program cuts and taxpayers will get more than $325 million in tax breaks under a budget deal he worked out with GOP legislative leaders. The $11.9...

West Virginia lawmakers return, shelve education bills

May. 20, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers reconvened a special session Monday but pushed back debate on education proposals that caused a two-day teacher strike earlier this year. The House of Delegates and the Senate worked instead on budgeting bills or measures that were vetoed for technical...

American Airlines sues unions, accusing workers of slowdown

May. 20, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is accusing its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks, and the airline is asking a federal judge to stop the activity. The airline says mechanics have caused about 900 cancellations or long delays...