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Minnesota court: Workers' comp can't cover medical marijuana

Oct. 13, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers' compensation for injured employees doesn't cover medical marijuana because the drug remains illegal under federal law, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The state's highest court issued a pair of rulings that overturned earlier...

Kaiser Permanente faces strike votes in California, Oregon

Oct. 12, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 24,000 nurses and other health care workers at Kaiser Permanente in California and Oregon have overwhelmingly authorized a strike, threatening to walk out over pay and working conditions strained by the coronavirus pandemic. Kaiser, one of...

Nearly 150 group home workers go on strike, others settle

Oct. 12, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly 150 unionized group home workers went on strike Tuesday, while another 100 have reached an agreement with their employer and called off their threatened walkout. Employees at Sunrise Inc., which operates 28 group homes for people with...

Coming soon: Payroll tax to fund long-term care program

Oct. 11, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A mandatory payroll tax to fund Washington state’s new long-term care program will start coming out of most workers’ paychecks across the state in January. The insurance benefit, dubbed the WA Cares Fund, is a first-in-nation public insurance...

Help Wanted: Thousands of job openings posted in New Mexico

Oct. 06, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There are tens of thousands of online job postings in New Mexico, and the head of the state labor department said Wednesday that the agency is trying to find creative ways to connect workers with employers to fill those vacancies. Workforce...

Workers at all of Kellogg's U.S. cereal plants go on strike

Oct. 05, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Work at all of the Kellogg Company's U.S. cereal plants came to a halt Tuesday as roughly 1,400 workers went on strike, but it wasn't immediately clear how much the supply of Frosted Flakes or any of the company's other iconic brands would be disrupted. ...

Union reaches deal with group home agency, cancels strike

Oct. 04, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Several hundred unionized group home and day program workers in Bridgeport and eastern Connecticut have reached a new contract with the latest provider, ending a strike that was threatened to begin Tuesday, their union announced Monday, The...

300 workers agree to settle group home strike as more loom

Sep. 29, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

More than 300 unionized group home and day program workers on Wednesday called off a threatened strike after settling a new labor contract that workers say will finally allow them to afford health insurance. Rob Baril, president of the New England Health Care Employees...

Des Moines police union boss harassed female cops, city says

Sep. 28, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The longtime president of the Des Moines police officers' union sent explicit photos to four female colleagues but retired before he could face discipline and wasn't criminally charged, the city confirmed late Tuesday. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday,...

Liz Weston: Is a new job the right financial move?

Sep. 27, 2021 07:03 AM EDT

Whether you call it “The Great Resignation,” “The Great Reshuffle” or just high time for a change, millions of American workers are looking for new jobs — and some have already quit the ones they have. Better pay isn’t necessarily the motivator, labor experts say. Many people are...