Latest Workers' rights News

Wage theft hits immigrants — hard

Oct. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

Audelia Molina, a Mexican immigrant, was earning 10 cents for every garment she trimmed at a factory in Los Angeles, America’s clothing-assembly capital. Her wage was so meager that she started putting in 11-hour days to drive up production. When she asked for a raise, a supervisor denied...

Amazon settles with 2 outspoken workers it fired last year

Oct. 01, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is settling with two former tech workers who accused the retail giant of illegally firing them last year for speaking out against the company. The former employees, Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, publicly criticized the company and pushed...

NLRB memo: College football players are employees

Sep. 30, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

College athletes who earn millions for their schools are employees, the National Labor Relations Board's top lawyer said in guidance released Wednesday that would allow players at private universities to unionize and negotiate over their working conditions. ...

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...

California recall brings Harris home to support Gov. Newsom

Sep. 08, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris returned to her home state of California on Wednesday to rally voters against the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose campaign expressed growing confidence the first-term Democrat would survive the attempt to remove him from office a...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Sep. 08, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail. Sept 1, 2021. Editorial: Blair Mountain and the longer battle It’s been 100 years since miners in Logan County took up arms against law enforcement, private security forces and strikebreakers in the Battle of Blair Mountain....

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Sep. 08, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

Sept. 6 The Boston Herald on how the Afghan war has reshaped U.S., the world: Is America safer after its 20-year war on terrorism in Afghanistan has resulted in the Taliban’s victory? The answer, like the war itself, is muddled. The lack of...

U.S. voting rights events reflect multiracial reform agenda

Aug. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

A decades-old fight to expand and protect voting rights will intensify this weekend, when multiracial coalitions of civil, human and labor rights leaders hold rallies in Washington and across the nation to urge passage of federal voter protections eroded since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ...

Nebraska state job ad touts lack of vaccine requirement

Aug. 24, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s veterans affairs agency is facing questions from a state lawmaker after it published job advertisements for nurses touting the fact that the state doesn’t require its employees to get coronavirus vaccinations. The ads on a state jobs...

Roundtable highlights importance of 1921 miner uprising

Aug. 22, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Barbara Ellen Smith first heard about the Battle of Blair Mountain when she came to work for the Black Lung Association, on Washington Street East in Charleston, in the winter of 1971-72. Nearly every miner Smith met that was age 65 or older...