Latest U.S. Department of Labor News

Report: Chicago Teachers Union spent $1.5M on lobbying

Jan. 19, 2020 3:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union spent almost $1.5 million on political activity including lobbying, in the months leading up to a two-week strike in the fall, according to a published report. The money, spent between March 2018 and July 2019, was in addition to $1.2 million the union's two...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo a microphone stands at the entrance to a secure area during a closed-door interview with David Holmes, a career diplomat and the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Labor Department will begin restricting news organizations' use of economic data by barring computers from the rooms where reporters receive such data before its public release, department officials announced Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Labor Department limits news outlets' use of embargoed data

Jan. 16, 2020 5:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department will begin restricting news organizations' use of economic data by barring computers from the rooms where reporters receive such data before its public release, department officials announced Thursday. The early access to embargoed data allows news services to prepare...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts data, Dems cut some corners

Jan. 14, 2020 11:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rallying in swing-state Wisconsin, President Donald Trump used misleading economic data to claim he’s created a “blue collar boom" while Democrats vying to replace him cut some corners on the facts in their latest presidential debate. Here’s a look at some statements...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file  photo, a sign outside a gas station displays current prices for fuel in Orlando, Fla. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, that its consumer price index rose 0.2% last month, lifted by a 2.8% increase in gasoline prices. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Rising energy costs lift US consumer prices 0.2% in December

Jan. 14, 2020 1:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising energy costs drove U.S. consumer prices higher in December, and American workers’ earnings couldn’t keep up. The Labor Department said Tuesday that its consumer price index rose 0.2% last month, lifted by a 2.8% increase in gasoline prices. Over the past year,...

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2019, file photo shows McDonald's sign above the fast food restaurant near downtown Los Angeles. The Labor Department issued a final rule Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, that clarifies when a worker is employed by more than one company, an issue that affects franchise businesses such as McDonald's and firms that have outsourced services such as cleaning and maintenance. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

New Labor Dept. rule clarifies 'joint employer' standard

Jan. 12, 2020 8:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department issued a final rule Sunday that clarifies when a worker is employed by more than one company, an issue that affects franchise businesses such as McDonald's and firms that have outsourced services such as cleaning and maintenance. The rule, first proposed last...

Youth skill building programs set to grow in Maine

Jan. 12, 2020 2:59 PM EST

GORHAM, Maine (AP) — Two Maine organizations have been awarded more than $2.3 million to expand skill-building programs for young people. The money is from the U.S. Department of Labor and is going to LearningWorks in Portland and Goodwill Industries of Northern New England in Gorham. It's designed to help...

Alabama roofer faces federal fines in underage worker death

Jan. 10, 2020 8:12 AM EST

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama roofing company is facing nearly $160,000 in federal fines after a 15-year-old worker fell 40 feet (12 meters) to his death at a job site this summer, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday. Apex Roofing and Restoration LLC and a subcontractor were found to have...

West Virginia receiving $866K grant for flood recovery

Jan. 9, 2020 4:24 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department awarded $866,675 for flood recovery in West Virginia, the state's U.S. senators announced. The funding is through the Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant Program. Flooding in February 2018 destroyed homes, displaced residents from jobs and...

No cause found for ignition of fatal Colorado gas site blast

Jan. 8, 2020 1:05 PM EST

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Investigation agencies in Colorado have not determined what ignited a well site explosion last year that killed a worker. Randy Yellowman, 47, was working as a contracted truck driver when his body was found by ranchers after a storage tank exploded at the natural gas well pad near...

Labor Dept: TVA illegally fired whistleblower

Jan. 6, 2020 5:53 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has ruled in favor of a nuclear engineer who says the Tennessee Valley Authority fired her in retaliation for reporting safety and personnel concerns. The Labor Department is ordering the utility to restore Beth Wetzel's job and compensate her more than...