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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo the logo for Union Pacific appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A federal judge has blocked one of Union Pacific's main unions from going on strike over its concerns about the railroad's efforts to protect employees from the coronavirus. Judge Brian Buescher ruled Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 that the union must address its concerns through contract talks with the railroad and it doesn't have the right to strike now. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Judge blocks strike over railroad's virus safety precautions

Jan. 7, 2021 7:49 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked one of Union Pacific's main unions from going on strike over its concerns about the railroad's efforts to protect employees from the coronavirus. The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division last month threatened to strike because it wants the...

FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, a Union Pacific employee climbs on board a locomotive in a rail yard in Council Bluffs, Iowa. One of Union Pacific’s main unions is threatening to strike if the railroad doesn’t do more to protect its employees from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Union threatens to strike over railroad's virus protections

Dec. 22, 2020 7:05 PM EST

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — One of Union Pacific's main unions is threatening to strike if the railroad doesn't do more to protect its employees from the coronavirus. The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division union said the Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad needs to offer its more than 30,000...

FILE—A sign for the Big Moose Inn is seen Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, near Millinocket, Maine. The inn was the setting for an Aug. 7 wedding reception that has since been linked to numerous cases of the coronavirus, and several deaths. Plans for a lawsuit against the Maine venue that hosted what became a

Businesses, lacking legal immunity, fear COVID-19 lawsuits

Dec. 20, 2020 8:24 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Plans for a lawsuit against a Maine venue that hosted what became a “superspreader” wedding reception underscore the liability risks to small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic and an uphill push by Republicans in Congress to give such outfits legal immunity....

American flags fly around the Washington Monument Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Washington. The Trump administration has closed the Washington Monument because of a recent visit by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who tested positive this week for the coronavirus. Interior spokesman Nicholas Goodwin says a couple monument workers were quarantining as a result of Bernhardt's visit, forcing a staffing shortage and the monument's closure. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Visit by COVID-infected official closes Washington Monument

Dec. 18, 2020 6:07 PM EST

The Trump administration abruptly closed the Washington Monument over exposure concerns from a recent visit by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who tested positive this week for the coronavirus. Interior spokesman Nicholas Goodwin said Friday “a couple” of employees have quarantined since...

California subpoenas Amazon over worker safety in pandemic

Dec. 14, 2020 7:05 PM EST

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Monday asked a judge to order Amazon to comply with subpoenas his office issued nearly four months ago as part of an investigation into how the company protects workers from the coronavirus. Becerra said the online sales giant hasn't provided enough information on its...