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DeVos becoming popular target for Democrats in 2020 race

May. 23, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls Betsy DeVos the "worst secretary of education we've seen." Sen. Amy Klobuchar says DeVos "shouldn't be in her job." Beto O'Rourke's take on DeVos: "We can do better." In the hunt for a presidential nomination, those Democrats and others are increasingly taking swings at DeVos as a way...

Texas governor announces $1.6B deal for teacher raises

May. 23, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that $1.6 billion in teacher raises are coming in a deal partly driven by classroom unrest across the U.S. and Republicans who sharply changed course on public education ahead of 2020 elections. Abbott trumpeted the pay hikes near the end of an...

Settlements prompt review of New Mexico's settlement system

May. 23, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Questions about $1.7 million in payouts by New Mexico to settle legal claims have prompted a review of policies and procedures regarding such agreements. The settlements were made near the end of former Gov. Susana Martinez's administration, Albuquerque television station KRQE reports...

5 indicted in Wisconsin accused of forced immigrant labor

May. 23, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors indicted five people accused of forcing 14 Mexican immigrants to work in farms in Wisconsin, where they "were victims of a severe form of human trafficking." Prosecutors said in a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday that the workers had their documents seized to...

North Carolina governor issues paid parental leave order

May. 23, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday announced that his state agencies will begin offering employees paid leave for births, a move he says will improve health for mothers and children and reduce inequities in the workplace. Cooper signed an executive order that will provide eight...

Julian Castro joins McDonald's strikers in North Carolina

May. 23, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro joined a march to a McDonald's restaurant in North Carolina on Thursday to draw attention to workers' efforts to raise the minimum wage and secure other protections. Nearly all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have expressed...

Older Americans more likely to cite workplace discrimination

May. 23, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Are older workers being discriminated against on the job? The answer appears to depend on the age of the person asked. About half of Americans think there's age discrimination in the workplace, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. But there's a...

Bill aims to protect pregnant workers from discrimination

May. 23, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could provide further protections for pregnant workers from discrimination in the workplace when their employers fail to accommodate them. Democratic Rep. Anne Carney's bill is set for a work session before the Legislature's Judiciary Committee Thursday. Maine law currently says...

Nevada teachers rally, push for better education funding

May. 22, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — More than a hundred people rallied Wednesday for better education funding as Nevada lawmakers continue to hash out a budget in the home stretch of the legislative session. The crowd outside the Nevada Legislature, comprised of teachers and their supporters, donned red clothing to...

Senate passes paid family leave bill despite veto threat

May. 22, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

Despite a veto threat from Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, the Senate advanced legislation Wednesday that would create a paid family medical leave insurance program, with proponents arguing it's desperately needed by Connecticut workers who can't afford to take time off to care for a loved one or themselves. The bill...