Latest Labor issues News

Oakland teachers announce strike over pay, class sizes

Feb. 16, 2019 6:53 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland teachers say they will strike starting Thursday. The union representing the 3,000 teachers announced the walkout Saturday, making it the latest in a wave of educator activism that has swept the U.S. since last spring. The union wants smaller class sizes, more counselors and...

The Latest: CEO: Gunman passed background check when hired

Feb. 16, 2019 6:05 PM EST

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the mass shooting at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois (all times local): 5 p.m. The chief executive of the company that owns the warehouse where an employee gunned down five co-workers says a background check on him when he joined Henry Pratt Co.15 years ago did not turn up...

Tear gas, hate speech marks 14th yellow vest protest

Feb. 16, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Police fired tear gas and brought in water cannons and a horse brigade to disperse several thousand yellow vest protesters Saturday massed near a Paris landmark at the end of a march through the French capital, the 14th straight weekend of demonstrations. Anti-Semitic remarks hurled by a few...

Florida firefighter blames coca tea for failing drug test

Feb. 16, 2019 3:28 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida firefighter fired for a positive drug test got his job back after arguing the cocaine in his system was from a tea made with coca leaves. The Orlando Sentinel reports that public records show firefighter Kevin Reynolds told investigators he brought a box of coca tea home...

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

Feb. 16, 2019 2:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon orange....

9/11 fund running out of money for those with illnesses

Feb. 15, 2019 7:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The compensation fund for victims of 9/11 is running out of money and will cut future payments by 50 to 70 percent, officials announced Friday. September 11th Victim Compensation Fund special master Rupa Bhattacharyya said she was "painfully aware of the inequity of the situation" but...

California teachers say announcement on strike coming

Feb. 15, 2019 7:29 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The union representing teachers in Oakland, California, says it will make an announcement Saturday about a potential strike, a day after a neutral fact-finding report was issued. The Oakland teachers' union could announce Saturday whether its 3,000 members will strike after...

IG report: Ex-housing agency director Watt misused position

Feb. 15, 2019 6:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mel Watt, the former director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, misused his position when he attempted to coerce a female employee of the agency to engage in a personal relationship with him, according to a report from the agency's inspector general. The report found that Watt, who...

ACLU of Massachusetts sues for border wall contract records

Feb. 15, 2019 5:16 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit demanding information about a contract for a section of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that President Donald Trump said his administration awarded. The Republican tweeted in December that he "just gave out a 115...

Portuguese govt faces no-confidence vote over public workers

Feb. 15, 2019 11:47 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A conservative party in Portugal's parliament is issuing a no-confidence vote in the minority Socialist government, but the motion is likely to fail because left-of-center parties are expected to join together against it. The Popular Party announced Friday it's taking the step to...