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2 rivals from factory floors facing off in race to lead UAW

Feb. 02, 2023 13:34 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Two men who began their careers on factory floors are competing to lead the 373,000 members of the United Auto Workers, a union that helps set standards for wages across the nation's manufacturing sector. It will be the first-ever direct election of a UAW president...

Day of disruption in UK as hundreds of thousands join strike

Feb. 01, 2023 10:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of schools in the U.K. closed some or all of their classrooms, train services were paralyzed and delays were expected at airports on the biggest day of industrial action Britain has seen in more than a decade, as unions stepped up pressure on the government Wednesday to...

Unions buoyant as 1.27 million French protest pension reform

Jan. 31, 2023 20:45 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — An estimated 1.27 million people took to the streets of French cities, towns and villages Tuesday, according to the Interior Ministry, in new massive protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to raise the retirement age by two years. The turnout exceeded...

HarperCollins to cut North American workforce by 5%

Jan. 31, 2023 12:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — HarperCollins Publishers plans to cut its workforce by 5% in the U.S. and Canada by the end of June, citing increased costs and lower sales in a statement released Tuesday. The announcement comes the day before HarperCollins and the union representing some 250...

Why workers at growing number of nonprofits are unionizing

Jan. 31, 2023 10:16 AM EST

Over his six years at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Esteban Gil watched colleague after colleague leave. Part of it was the nature of the work: helping people in immigrant detention and in prison. It is high-stakes, high-stress work. But there was also something deeply wrong with the way the...

HarperCollins, striking workers agree to federal mediation

Jan. 26, 2023 14:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — HarperCollins Publishers and the union representing some 250 striking employees have agreed to enter into federal mediation, the first sign of a possible settlement since the work stoppage began in early November. “We are excited to have this opportunity to...

Amazon workers hold first UK strike, adding to labor turmoil

Jan. 25, 2023 07:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Amazon warehouse workers went on strike for the first time in Britain on Wednesday because of a dispute over pay and working conditions, adding to a wave of industrial labor action across the country fueled by the soaring cost of living. Union members voted to walk...

EXPLAINER: Why Macron, French unions at odds over pensions

Jan. 23, 2023 07:25 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French government is presenting a bill on Monday that foresees broad changes to the pension system that will notably push back the legal retirement age from 62 to 64. Unions aren't happy, and more than 1 million people took to the streets last week to reject the...

US union membership rate hits all-time low despite campaigns

Jan. 19, 2023 16:56 PM EST

The U.S. union membership rate reached an all-time low last year despite high-profile unionization campaigns at Starbucks, Amazon, Apple and other companies. Union members fell to 10.1% of the overall U.S. workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was down slightly...

France: Over 1 million march against raising retirement age

Jan. 19, 2023 16:13 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — At least 1.1 million people protested on the streets of Paris and other French cities Thursday amid nationwide strikes against plans to raise the retirement age — but President Emmanuel Macron insisted he would press ahead with the proposed pension reforms. ...