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Wayne State, faculty union agree to new 3-year contract

Sep. 15, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University in Detroit and a faculty union have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract. Members of the Wayne State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT Local 6075)...

Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push

Sep. 11, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

The National Nurses Union applauded President Joe Biden's proposal to require that companies with more than 100 employees vaccinate their work force. The American Federation of Teachers once said vaccine mandates weren't necessary, but now embraces them. In Oregon, police and firefighter...

Art Institute of Chicago staff push to form union

Sep. 11, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of employees of the Art Institute of Chicago rallied this week in support of a move to start a union at one of the country's largest art museums. Organizers hope the museum will voluntarily recognize the union if enough employees sign signature...

NFLPA calls for daily COVID-19 testing for all players

Sep. 07, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

The NFL Players Association wants daily COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated players. The league and the union agreed last week to update protocols so vaccinated players would be tested weekly instead of every 14 days as they were during training camp. ...

Biden marks Labor Day delivering sandwiches to union members

Sep. 06, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden marked the Labor Day holiday on Monday by delivering deli sandwiches to union members, the people he says built the middle class. A casually dressed Biden stepped from his dark SUV holding boxes of sandwiches from Capriotti's,...

NFLPA investigating Urban Meyer's comments on vaccine status

Sep. 01, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

The NFL Players Association has launched an investigation following Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer's admission that vaccination status factored into the team's roster decisions. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah confirmed the union's action in an email to The...

Actor Ed Asner, TV's blustery Lou Grant, dies at 91

Aug. 29, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Asner, the burly and prolific character actor who became a star in middle age as the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later in the drama “Lou Grant,” died Sunday. He was 91. ...

NFL players experiment with 'Guardian Caps' to protect heads

Aug. 26, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — For Carolina Panthers rookie offensive lineman Brady Christensen any chance to protect his brain is a no-brainer — even if he thinks he may look a little goofy doing so. That's why Christensen is among a growing number of NFL players taking...

Pennsylvania teachers unions: Schools should require masks

Aug. 18, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

Pennsylvania's two statewide teachers unions on Wednesday urged K-12 schools to require masks in school buildings, a measure that state officials are encouraging but have not mandated as students prepare to return to class. The Pennsylvania State Education Association...

Richard Trumka, longtime president of AFL-CIO, dies at 72

Aug. 05, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Trumka, the powerful president of the AFL-CIO who rose from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to preside over one of the largest labor organizations in the world, died Thursday. He was 72. The federation confirmed Trumka’s death in a statement....