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European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and British Brexit negotiator David Frost attend a meeting with their delegations on further Brexit negotiations at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, June 29, 2020. European Union and U.K. negotiators resumed in-person talks on a post-Brexit trade deal on Monday, with both sides insisting that the process must accelerate markedly if they're to reach an agreement by the end of the year. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

Post-Brexit talks deadlocked after latest negotiating round

Jul. 2, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU and U.K. negotiators in charge of finding a post-Brexit compromise resumed in-person talks this week, but the result remained the same, with no progress achieved on a range of key issues preventing a new trade agreement to be sealed. Discussions ended Thursday a day earlier than...

Police union contract extended, bargaining to continue

Jul. 2, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend bargaining over the next Portland Police Association contract for a year to increase public involvement in the negotiations. Negotiations over the next contract with the union that represents rank-and-file Portland Police...

FILE - This Tuesday, May 12, 2020, file photo shows the Tesla plant, in Fremont, Calif. Some Tesla workers and labor activists say the company is threatening to fire employees who haven’t returned to the company’s California factory since it reopened because they're afraid of catching the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Workers: Tesla threatens firing if they don't return to jobs

Jul. 1, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Some Tesla workers and labor activists say the company is threatening to fire employees who haven’t returned to the company’s California factory since it reopened because they're afraid of catching the coronavirus. The group wants the practice to stop, and it also wants state...

Murphy signs bill overhauling NJ teacher health benefits

Jul. 1, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed sweeping bipartisan legislation overhauling public teachers' health benefits that lawmakers say could save $1 billion a year over seven years. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the bill, which passed the Democrat-led Legislature this year with...

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

High court sparks new battle over church-state separation

Jul. 1, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of church and state remains to be seen. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the high court ruled 5-4 that...

Striking shipbuilders picket outside an entrance to Bath Iron Works, Monday, June 22, 2020, in Bath, Maine. The vast majority of picketers did not wear pandemic facemarks. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Striking shipbuilders are losing health coverage in pandemic

Jun. 30, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The stakes are growing in a strike against Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works during a global pandemic as company-provided health insurance is running out for 4,300 shipbuilders who've left their jobs. Striking workers from Machinists Union Local S6 will be responsible for their own...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Rory Gamble, acting head of the United Auto Workers union, answers questions in Southfield, Mich. A federal prosecutor and the United Auto Workers president are looking at using an independent monitor to make sure that a wide-ranging union corruption scandal never happens again. The monitor was one option discussed during a two-hour meeting Tuesday between UAW President Gamble and Matthew Schneider, the U.S. Attorney in Detroit, according to a joint statement. The meeting was held as the union tries to reform itself and hold off a possible federal takeover. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

UAW, prosecutor consider a monitor for avoiding corruption

Jun. 30, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal prosecutor and the United Auto Workers president are looking at using an independent monitor to make sure that a wide-ranging union corruption scandal never happens again. The monitor was one option discussed during a two-hour meeting Tuesday between UAW President Rory Gamble and...

FILE - In this April 28, 2020, file photo, the sun sets behind casinos and hotels along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. Unions representing 65,000 Las Vegas-area casino workers are suing some resort operators, alleging that employees are being put at risk of illness and death due to skimpy safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic. A lawsuit filed Monday, June 29, 2020, in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas does not directly cite the death last week of Adolfo Fernandez, a 51-year-old Caesars Palace porter and union member who was diagnosed with the COVID-19 respiratory illness after returning to work when casinos reopened June 4. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Casino workers in Vegas sue over coronavirus safety concerns

Jun. 29, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Unions representing 65,000 Las Vegas-area casino workers accused some resort operators on Monday of putting employees at risk of illness and death during the coronavirus pandemic by skimping on safety measures like a requirement for mask-wearing. “They want to work, but they want to...

Strike at Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works enters 2nd week

Jun. 29, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — A strike by shipbuilders against Maine's Bath Iron Works entered a second week Monday with no talks between the company and the union. About 4,300 shipbuilders from Machinists Union Local S6 are on strike in a contract dispute that focuses on subcontractors, work rules and seniority. The...

FILE - In a  Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, United Auto Workers union president Dennis Williams speaks to reporters in Detroit. Williams, former president of the United Auto Workers, has reimbursed the union for $55,000 worth of inappropriate travel expenses, the union said Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Ex-UAW president repays union $55k for travel expenses

Jun. 29, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A former president of the United Auto Workers has reimbursed the union for $55,000 worth of inappropriate travel expenses, the union says. Dennis Williams repaid the money after an independent review of spending, the union said Monday. Efforts to reach Williams Monday were not successful. A...