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Lawsuit accuses Florida of shortchanging teachers on bonuses

Jul. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Education is being sued over allegations it shortchanged teachers when it paid bonuses awarded by the Legislature, costing the state's best educators hundreds of dollars each. The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Tallahassee alleges that the...

After years of plenty, auto workers want a bigger slice

Jul. 15, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Detroit's three automakers kicked off with the union president departing from the traditionally friendly tone by telling Ford executives that workers want a bigger share of the companies' record profits. While Ford executives talked...

Nurses for Montana hospital system vote for bargaining unit

Jul. 15, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Nurses working for a Montana hospital system have voted to unionize. The Flathead Beacon reports nurses at Kalispell Regional Healthcare facilities voted last Thursday and Friday to set up a collective bargaining unit. The approximately 650 nurses in the system are being represented...

Gov. Baker sends union fees bill back to state lawmakers

Jul. 12, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is recommending changes to a bill that would let unions representing public workers charge non-members costs associated with representing them through the grievance process. The bill was given final approval last week in the Democratic-controlled House and Senate and sent...

Hector Figueroa, head of building workers union, dead at 57

Jul. 12, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of a union representing 175,000 property service workers has died in New York at age 57. Hector Figueroa of Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union died Thursday. The union announced the death Friday without giving a cause. Elected officials praised Figueroa...

AP: Public unions see only modest decline after court ruling

Jul. 12, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might end mandatory union fees for public employees, some labor-friendly states enacted laws last year to protect membership rolls while unions redoubled their recruitment efforts. Those steps appear to have paid off, at least initially....

Teachers union sues DeVos over embattled loan relief program

Jul. 11, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. The American Federation of Teachers filed a federal lawsuit in Washington alleging that the department has...

Powerful Koch network taking on school choice with new group

Jul. 11, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use taxpayer...

Judge toughens order against American Airlines mechanics

Jul. 11, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal judge is threatening American Airlines mechanics with fines and other punishment if they carry out what American claims is an illegal work slowdown that's causing flight cancelations. The airline says mechanics are trying to gain leverage in contract talks. Their unions...

WV teachers union says it will sue over charter school bill

Jul. 10, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sweeping West Virginia GOP education bill that allows the creation of charter schools violates the state Constitution, according to a teachers union that plans to sue over the legislation. The West Virginia Education Association released a statement Wednesday saying it has sent a...